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Drummond Holderness

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Drummond Holderness (1887-1946)

1946 Obituary [1]

DRUMMOND HOLDERNESS was born at Christchurch, New Zealand, on the 15th March, 1887, and died at Auckland on the 8th December, 1946.

He was educated at Christ’s College, Christchurch, and received his technical training at Canterbury College. In 1907 he was appointed an assistant engineer to the Lyttleton Harbour Board, and in 1908 he joined the staff of the Auckland Harbour Board as testing officer.

In 1911 he became inspecting engineer and in 1912 Chief Assistant Engineer, which position he held for thirteen years, except for a period during the first World War, when he served in New Zealand as a lieutenant in the New Zealand Engineers.

In 1925 he was appointed Chief Engineer, and in 1936 Superintendent and Engineer, to the Auckland Harbour Board, and he retained that position until his death.

In 1925 he reported on the Harbour Development Plan for the Port of Auckland, and in the succeeding twenty years he supervised the expenditure of £3,000,000 on new works, including the Western reclamation and viaduct approach with rolling lift bridge, the development of a terminal for flying boats, the expansion of facilities at Calliope graving dock, and the construction of new ferry landings, of pleasure boat harbours, and of the export wharf specially equipped for refrigerated cargo handling.

During the second World War he supervised works connected with the use of the port as a supply base by the United States armed forces.....[more]

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