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Life and Labours of Thomas Brassey


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  • Date Published: January 2014
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108067812

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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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    • Date Published: January 2014
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108067812
    • length: 228 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 140 x 13 mm
    • weight: 0.3kg
    • contains: 1 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    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

  • Author

    Arthur Helps

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