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Thomas Hardinge Going

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Thomas Hardinge Going (1827-1875) of the Madras Railway

1875 Obituary [1]

Mr. T. H. Going, formerly one of the engineers of the Madras Railway, has succumbed to the effects of the climate of the Madras Presidency. Mr. Going's constitution was also exceptionally tried through severe labour attending the recent repair and reconstruction of sundry bridges on the line. Mr. Going was compelled rather suddenly to return to England in May, and he has since died.

1876 Obituary [2]

MR. THOMAS HARDINGE GOING, B.A., third son of the late Mr. William Going, of Altavilla, Cahir, county Tipperary, was born on the 8th of August, 1827.

He entered Trinity College, Dublin, in the year 1845, and after passing through the University in a highly creditable manner, obtaining the diploma of the Engineering School attached to the College, he left in 1850, and was employed at home for about two years.

After that he went to the United States, and was engaged on the Lebanon Valley and the Reading and Lehigh Valley railroads, chiefly for Mr. Richard Osborne, of Philadelphia.

He returned home in 1857 with the intention of seeking employment in India, and obtained an appointment as an Assistant Engineer on the staff of the Madras Railway Company. He remained in India in the service of that company for eighteen years, ultimately arriving at the post of Assistant Chief Engineer, with the immediate prospect of being appointed Chief Engineer.

He died of abscess on the liver, on the 15th of September, 1875, at the residence of his brother-in-law, Mr. Alexander D. Kennedy, The Grove, Killiney, Co. Dublin.

Mr. Going was elected a Member of the Institution of Civil Engineers on the 5th of December, 1865 ; but his continuous residence in India prevented his taking any part in the proceedings.

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