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Charles William Grant

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Charles William Grant (1831-1901), engineer, businessman and politician

1831 November 9th. Born at Great Marlow, Buckinghamshire, the son of William Grant, linen draper, and his wife Mary Ann.

1847-50 Educated in applied sciences at King's College, London

1850-66 Worked in the London engineering office of Robert Stevenson.

Worked on railway construction in the United States of America.

1872 April 19th. Appointed engineer to the Tasmanian Main Line Railway and arrived in July to superintend construction of the line between Hobart and Launceston.

1876-90 Served as general manager until the line's purchase by the government.

1892 March. Floated the Hobart Electric Tramway Co in London.

1892-93 Appointed a director and had charge of the construction of the tramways having been consulting engineer to the project as early as 1888.

1893 Appointed a director of the Zeehan Tramway Co and was responsible for construction of the tramway.

1895 Appointed a member of a board to investigate the Victorian Railways.

His other business activities included directorships of Cascade Brewery, Perpetual Trustees, Executors and Agency, Hobart Gas, Hobart Coffee Palace and Parattah Hotel companies, and of several mining bodies.

1892-01 Member of the Legislative Council and served until 1894 as minister without portfolio under Henry Dobson.

1901 September 30th. Died from diabetes in Hobart and survived by his wife Mary Ann Jane, née Nicholls, two daughters and two sons.

Buried in Cornelian Bay cemetery

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