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JICKELL, Samuel, (1856 - 1939)

Samuel Jickell

Crown Studio (Palmerston North): Photograph of Samuel Jickell, 1856-1939, ca 1925. ID:PA12-2290. Permission of the Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand, must be obtained before any re-use of this image.

Samuel Jickell was born at Stockton-on-Tees and educated and trained in England and in Europe. He entered the army and served in the Durham Light Infantry. He came to New Zealand in the early ‘eighties and after some private practice and contracting he was appointed City Engineer of Nelson in 1890. Amongst his works were the Rocks Road, the replacement of Saltwater Bridge and the abattoirs. He held this position until 1901, when he left, probably in dudgeon, because after he had gone to great trouble to report fully on the question of additional water supply, the City Council called in Mr Mestayer to report on the same subject. He confirmed Jickell’s proposals.

From 1901 to 1904 he was Borough Engineer to Petone, and during his term of office he carried out the Borough gravitation water supply from the Korokoro Stream. He was appointed Borough Engineer to Palmerston North in 1904 and held this position for fifteen years. He was elected an Associate Member of the Institution of Civil Engineers, London, in 1889. Amongst the works carried out by him at Palmerston North were the gravitation water supply from the slopes of the Tararua mountains and the waterborne sewerage system.

On resigning from his Borough position he set up in private practice, later going into partnership as Jickell and Gilmour. He did a great deal of miscellaneous work for private clients and local bodies, but the two jobs with which his name will be associated were the improvements of the Manawatu Gorge road to the highway standards then anticipated, with all structures, bridges, etc, executed in reinforced concrete; and the protection against flooding and the draining of the district of the Makerua Drainage Board. He was a founder of and the first President of the Institute of Local Government Engineers. He retired in Palmerston North and died there (7 May 1939).


Extract from Furkert’s "Early New Zealand Engineers" p 197

See also:

  • Newnham, W L, "Learning Service Achievement" New Zealand Institution of Engineers, 1971, pp 350/1
  • Lowe, Peter. ‘Jickell, Samuel 1856 - 1939’. Dictionary of New Zealand Biography, Volume 3 - 1901 - 1920 (