Thomas Brassey (1795-1870)
Thomas Brassey was a railwayman who was estimated to have built 5% of the worlds railways by the time of his death. Born near Chester he started work as a land surveyor, then becoming a civil engineer, based at Birkenhead. By 1838 he had completed his first railway contract; a viaduct near Wolverhampton. This led quickly to many other contracts and by 1847 he had constructed a third of all the railways in Britain. International work soon followed with projects in Australia, Canada, France, India and South America to name but a few countries where he worked. In addition to track-laying he constructed all of the infrastructure required; tunnels, bridges and stations etc. He had an interest in many of the Victorian engineering feats and also worked on steam engines, ships, mines and water supply projects. He died in 1870 at the Royal Victoria Hotel.
|Children of: Thomas Brassey and Maria Farrington Harrison (1810-1877)|
|Thomas Brassey (1836-1918)||11 February 1836||23 February 1918||[[Anna Allnutt (1839-1887) Anna Allnutt (1839-1887) Sybil de Vere Capell (1858-1934)]]|
References & Notes
- 1850-1899 – The Hastings Chronicle, accessdate: 21 August 2020