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Great Indian Peninsula Railway: Construction

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1850 December. Henry Fowler left for Bombay

1851 February. William Frederick Faviell after collecting materials and assistants for the work he left for India to actively prosecute the work, which though not a long or a heavy contract, was a new and strange enterprise to carry out in that country.

Mr. Fowler’s health failed after a few months’ exposure to the climate of India, and compelled his return to England. The execution of the contract then devolved entirely upon Mr. Faviell, and was completed to the satisfaction of the Company

1853 April 16th. The line opened for traffic'.

1859 November. Solomon Tredwell awarded the contract

1859 November 30th. Within fifteen days of landing in India, Solomon died. His wife, Alice Tredwell, took over the contract and appointed Messrs Adamson and Clowser to manage the contract for her in her absence, as she returned to England.

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