Life and Labours of Thomas Brassey: 1805-1870

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An important figure in British business history, the civil engineering contractor Thomas Brassey (1805–70) stood at the forefront of railway construction across the globe in the nineteenth century. He was also instrumental in the development of the Victoria Dock and part of London's sewer system. Originally published in 1872 and reissued here in its 1888 seventh edition, this first biography of Brassey was written by his personal friend, the public servant and author Sir Arthur Helps (1813–75). It describes ...
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Life and labours of Thomas Brassey 1805-1870

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An important figure in British business history, the civil engineering contractor Thomas Brassey (1805–70) stood at the forefront of railway construction across the globe in the nineteenth century. He was also instrumental in the development of the Victoria Dock and part of London's sewer system. Originally published in 1872 and reissued here in its 1888 seventh edition, this first biography of Brassey was written by his personal friend, the public servant and author Sir Arthur Helps (1813–75). It describes Brassey's many remarkable achievements as a prolific contractor working in Europe, Asia, Australia and the Americas. A brilliant businessman, representing the best of British skill, leadership and organisation, Brassey employed tens of thousands of men around the world at the peak of his career. Having collaborated with prominent engineers such as Joseph Locke and Robert Stephenson, he secured for himself a long-lasting reputation for integrity and dedication.
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Introductory chapter; 1. Mr Brassey as a businessman; 2. Mr Brassey's early career; 3. Contract work; 4. Commencement of foreign work; 5. Labourers of different nations; 6. Mr Brassey's skill in calculations; 7. Work becomes more extensive; 8. Great Northern Railway; 9. Financial management; 10. Financial difficulties; 11. Mr Brassey's wealth; 12. Railway and other contracts; 13. Italian railways; 14. Grand Trunk Railway of Canada; 15. Victoria Bridge; 16. Crimean and other railways; 17. Works in Australia; 18. Argentine railway; 19. Moldavian railways; 20. Indian railways; 21. Recollections of his son; 22. Close of life; 23. Railways and government control; Appendices; Index.
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