On the 9
th of August, 1867 sudden subsidence at Brandy Hole Viaduct caused a train to derail.
The location of the disaster was Bray Head, County Wicklow, Ireland. Four people died and twenty-five were injured.
The report into the disaster was published a few weeks later, and can be found in full
“The train to which this accident happened was the up train leaving Enniscorthy for Dublin, at 6.30 a.m. It consisted of an engine and tender, six carriages, of which the first was fitted with a break, and a guard’s break van. A porter acting as guard rode in this van at the rear of the train. It left Delgany about its proper time, 9.5 a.m., and was travelling slowly round Bray Head in obedience to orders which had been given to all drivers, and had nearly reached this wooden viaduct (called Brabazon corner in the details supplied by the engineer (the late Mr. Brunel), previous to the opening of the line in October 1855), when the acting guard says he got a knock in his van, looked out of the window, and saw the carriages hopping on the rails, and then he put on his break.”
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Designed as a marketplace, the Queen Victoria Building in Sydney, Australia opened on the 21
st of July, 1898.
The building was designed in Victorian Romanesque style by Scottish-born architect George McRae, and constructed between 1893 and 1898.
Invitation to the opening. X
More than a thousand guests attended a ball on the night of the building’s opening, where Sydney’s Lord Mayor, Matthew Harris, gave a speech.
The Sydney icon survived twentieth-century discussions of remodelling and even demolition, and today is a popular tourist attraction and shopping destination.
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On the 29
th of June, 1864, a train in Quebec, Canada fell through an open swing bridge and into the Richelieu River.
The worst train disaster in Canadian history, it is thought ninety-nine people died in the crash. The majority of people on board were European immigrants.
The investigation placed the blame for the disaster on Grand Trunk Railway, as the train failed to acknowledge stop signals that would have prevented it from falling through the bridge.
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Queen Victoria celebrated her Golden Jubilee on the 20th of June, 1887. This photograph is of Regent Street in London decorated for the event.
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Today is our holiday for the Queen’s “official” birthday (though not her actual birthday). The tradition of celebrating the
British monarch’s birthday around summer began with King George II in 1748, largely to ensure fine weather for the occasion.
The Queen in 1959
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The Barque “Wallaroo” Arriving at Madras 6th June, 1865. The painting is by British artist Frederick Tudgay.
Madras, in India, is now known as Chennai.
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This image was taken on the 30th of May, 1896, when construction on the
Uganda Railway began.
The project was started in
British East Africa, and many of the workers were brought over from India. Several thousand chose to stay on in Africa after the work was done.
Despite its name, the railway was in in what is now Kenya, with Uganda being the destination.
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