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Brunel – Father, Son and Grandson

10th May 2023 @ 8:00 pm

Isambard Kingdom Brunel by launching chains
Isambard Kingdom Brunel by the launching chains of the SS Great Eastern

Speaker: Bill McNaught

This online talk explores the lives of three generations of one of the greatest Victorian engineering families, and their remarkable achievements.

The father, Marc Brunel (son of a Normandy farmer), who provided the boots for Wellington’s Army at Waterloo and ship’s blocks for Nelson’s Navy at Trafalgar, and who also built the first tunnel under the Thames.

The son, Isambard Kingdom Brunel, the most famous member of the family, who built the Great Western Railway, and the three largest ships in the world at the time, the SS Great Western, The SS Great Britain and the SS Great Eastern.

The grandson, Henry Brunel, another great engineer, but less well-known today, who helped design Tower Bridge and other structures, as well as designing another ship.

About the speaker

Bill McNaught is a retired Managing Director who spent most of his career in the aerospace and defence industries, including 25 years with Westland Helicopters. Following his retirement in 2008 he developed an interest in preparing talks on interesting historical character and events, which he now presents to numerous clubs and societies. He is also Chairman of his local U3A, President of Seaford Probus Club and a RVS volunteer.

Zoom link

This is an on-line talk via Zoom. Members will be receiving their Zoom link via email.

Image credits

Isambard Kingdom Brunel by the launching chains of the SS Great Eastern from Wikimediacommons

An Online Event Organised by the Hornsey Historical Society