George Francis Train

(1829—1904) promoter of the horse tramway

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(1829–1904), American-born entrepreneur, spent three busy and profitable years in Victoria in the gold-rush period 1852–55. He was partly instrumental in Freeman Cobb establishing Cobb & Co. and mooted the idea of a Melbourne-based American style of federal government for Australia. He published his autobiography, My Life in Many States and in Foreign Lands (1902). Clive Turnbull wrote Bonanza: The Story of George Francis Train (1946); Willis Thornton, The Nine Lives of Citizen Train (1948); and E. Daniel and Annette Potts edited A Yankee Merchant in Goldrush Australia: The Letters of George Francis Train 1853–55 (1970).

From The Oxford Companion to Australian Literature in Oxford Reference.

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