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Great Indian Peninsula Railway: 1845 Company Registration

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Note: This is a sub-section of the Great Indian Peninsula Railway

1845 Announcement of company formation [1][2]

The committee of management was -

  • John Stuart Wortley, M.P., Chairman
  • W. J. Hamilton, M.P., Deputy-Chairman
  • Frederick Ayrton, late of the East India Company's Service
  • Major-General Briggs, many years employed in high political and civil situations in India
  • Major Clayton, Bengal Cavalry
  • Colonel Dickenson, late Chief Engineer, Bombay
  • The Right Hon. G. R. Dawson
  • J. G. Frith, firm of Frith, Wallace, and Co., Deputy Chairman of the Enniskillen and Londonderry Railway
  • Captain Gresley, late in civil employ in the Nizam's country
  • William Gladstone, firm of Thomson Bonar and Co.
  • James Biscoe Graham, late of Bombay
  • John Harvey, Commercial Bank of London
  • Swynfen Jervis, Director of the London and County Bank, Lombard-street
  • John Peirse Kennard.
  • Robert W. Kennard, Deputy-Chairman, Northern and Eastern Railway Company
  • Rear-Admiral Sir Charles Malcolm
  • John Malleson, Director of Armagh and Coleraine Railway
  • Major Moore, late Military Secretary, Hyderabad
  • Richard Paterson, Chairman of the Northern and Eastern Railway Company
  • Henry Pownall, Chairman, Middlesex Magistrates
  • William Ambrose Shaw, many years resident in India
  • Major-General Trewman, Madras Establishment
  • Melvil Wilson, Director of the Alliance Assurance Office
  • Robert Stephenson, Consulting Engineer
  • John Chapman, Manager

'The proposed lines having for their object to connect the interior of the Peninsula with Bombay in one direction, and with the best port on the eastern coast in the other, while they lay the foundation for a connection between the three seats of British Government, will for the most part traverse rich and fertile districts, and accommodate among others the large and important towns of Poonah, Nassuek, Aurungabad, Ahmednuggur, Sholapoor, Nagpoor, Oomrawutty, and Hyderabad, affording increased facility for the export of cotton, sugar, silk, opium, gum, dyewoods, spices, &c, and for the import of salt, manufactured and other goods. Upon the highest authority the Provisional Committee are enabled to state that the population of Hyderabad alone amounts to 800,000, and that the population of the area accommodated by the line is not less than between 9,000,000 and 10,000,000. The proposed ultimate length of this railway is 1,300 miles.'

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Sources of Information

  1. London Standard - Wednesday 19 November 1845
  2. Morning Post - Tuesday 01 July 1845