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Eustace William Ackland

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Eustace William Ackland (1874-1942)


1942 Obituary [1]

EUSTACE WILLIAM ACKLAND was born at Christchurch, New Zealand, in 1874.

He went to Australia at an early age and received his training with Messrs. Woodhouse and Rawson, and Messrs. Edge and Edge. As a junior engineer he was employed by Messrs. Noyes Brothers and the Perth (W.A.) Tramways.

In 1902 he returned to New Zealand on the engineering staff of Messrs. J. G. White and Co., the contractors for the Auckland tramway system, and held the position of Power House Superintendent. In 1904 he rejoined Messrs. Noyes Brothers and played a prominent part in the installation of the Dunedin tramway system.

In 1906 he founded the National Electrical and Engineering Co. at Dunedin, and was Managing Director until his death at Wellington on the 28th March, 1942. He lived to see the company grow from a staff of 2 to approximately 400, with branches all over New Zealand.

He was elected a Member of The Institution in 1921, and was also a member of the New Zealand Standards Institute and the New Zealand Manufacturers' Federation.


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