Geelong and Melbourne Railway Company
Alexander Thomson, a member of the Victorian Legislative Council, brought in and passed a bill which incorporated the Geelong and Melbourne Railway Company c. 1852. Thomson was one of the directors and presided at the first shareholder meeting.
The company opened the railway line on 25 June 1857 from Geelong to Newport. In 1859 this line was extended to Spencer Street Station and a branch line was opened from Newport to Williamstown Pier. However, the company continued to operate at a loss and in June 1860 was sold to the Government of Victoria for £800,000. The railway then became part of the network operated by the Victorian Railways.
- Serle, Percival (1949). "Thomson, Alexander". Dictionary of Australian Biography. Sydney: Angus and Robertson. Retrieved 19 June 2013.
- "Prospectus of the Geelong and Melbourne Railway Company". The Argus. 29 September 1852. Retrieved 19 June 2013.
- "Geelong & Melbourne Railway Co". Museum Victoria. Retrieved 19 June 2013.
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