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George Francis Train (International) assertion George Francis Train i(7678082 works by) (a.k.a. G. F. Train)
This international person is included in AustLit to identify a relationship with Australian literature.
Born: Established: 24 Mar 1829 Boston, Massachusetts,
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United States of America (USA),
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Americas,
; Died: Ceased: 18 Jan 1904 New York (City), New York (State),
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United States of America (USA),
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Americas,

Gender: Male
Visitor assertion Arrived in Australia: 23 Mar 1853 Departed from Australia: Nov 1855
Heritage: American
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George Francis Train was an American merchant and entrepreneur whose main endeavours involved transport companies.

The Australian Dictionary of Biography states: 'The flamboyant Train was representative in many ways of the scores of American merchants attracted to Australia by the gold rushes. Melbourne partly owes its nineteenth-century reputation for being Americanized to men like him and his partner Ebenezer Caldwell, a respectable New England sea captain.' Apart from building 'substantial warehouses' in Melbourne, Train and Caldwell 'were prominent in organizing a volunteer fire brigade; they imported clothing, guns, flour, building materials, patent medicines, mining tools, coaches and carts, wagons and buggies'.

Source: E. Daniel Potts, 'Train, George Francis (1829–1904)', Australian Dictionary of Biography, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, http://adb.anu.edu.au/biography/train-george-francis-4745/text7881, published in hardcopy 1976, accessed online 7 August 2014.

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