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Jorgen Daniel Larsen

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5th January 1872.
7th June 1872.
21st June 1872.

Jorgen Daniel Larsen (1833-1890)

Tramway Wharf, Greenwich Road, London, SE. [1]


1891 Obituary [2]

JORGEN DANIEL LARSEN was born on the 26th September 1833, and was educated at the Polytechnic School at Copenhagen. Having received an engineering training, he was employed from 1858 to 1859 on the Newcastle and Maitland Railway, New South Wales, as contractor's resident engineer, and from 1860 to 1862 he was in the Roads and Bridges Department in the Northern District of New South Wales as a Government assistant engineer. He then spent some time in the United States for the purpose of studying the systems of street tramways.

From 1866 to 1868 he was engineer to the North of Europe Land Mining Company, for whom he designed and carried out works. From 1869 to 1873 he was resident engineer to the London Tramways Company, and laid out and superintended the construction of all its lines. He also acted in the same capacity for the Pimlico, Peckham, and Greenwich Tramways Companies, and had charge of the construction of the tramways in Cardiff, Belfast, and Plymouth.

He was consulting engineer for the tramways in Madrid; and from 1874 to 1879 was engineer for the Paris tramway lines on both the north and the south sides of the Seine. In 1879 he was engaged in reporting on coal farms in Johannesburg.

From 1881 to 1884 he was resident engineer on, and superintended the construction of, the Calcutta tramways for Mr. Hopkins. After visiting Melbourne to examine and report on the tramways in that city, he became engineer to the newly-formed Johannesberg Tramways Company, and made all the necessary surveys and plans, prepared specifications for plant and rolling stock, and superintended the construction of some three or four miles of tramway. Mr. Larsen in the month of March had a paralytic seizure, which terminated in his death on April the 20th.

Mr. Larsen became a member of the Iron and Steel Institute in 1877. He was also an Associate Member of the Institution of Civil Engineers, from whose "Minutes of Proceedings " the foregoing details of his career have mainly been abstracted.


1891 Obituary [3]

. . . from 1856 to 1859, he was engaged on the Newcastle and Maitland Railway, New South Wales, as Contractor’s Resident Engineer, and was employed from 1860 to 1862 in the Roads and Bridges Department in the Northern District of New South Wales, as a Government Assistant Engineer.

He then spent some time in the United States for the purpose of studying the systems of Street Tramways.

From 1866 to 1868, he was Engineer to the North of Europe Land and Mining Company, for whom he designed and carried out works.

From 1869 to 1873, he was Resident Engineer to the London Tramways Co, and laid out and superintended the construction of all its lines. He also acted in the same capacity for the Pimlico, Peckham, and Greenwich Tramways Companies ; and had charge of the construction of the tramways in Cardiff, Belfast, and Plymouth.

He was Consulting Engineer for the tramways in Madrid; and from 1874 to 1879, was Engineer for those in Paris, both on the north and south sides of the river. In the middle of 1879, he proceeded to Johannesburg, . . . [more]



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