oa Civil Engineering = Siviele Ingenieurswese - Past master 20
George Craig Saunders Pauling
If a pioneering contractor, in the popular image, was big, bold, blustering and boozy, then George Pauling fitted the bill. He was an enormous man who stood back for nobody, but his reputation as the leading railway contractor in the development of southern Africa during the late 19th century was only partly due to his physical presence. His success was mainly based on shrewdness, common sense and a huge capacity for hard work - and, it may be said, a talent for making friends in the right places.
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