ANNABELL, John,: (1885 - 1944)
Born on l0th May, 1885, at Waverley, educated at the Waverley Public School and the Wanganui Technical College; later, worked with his father, Mr. John Annabell, Registered Surveyor.
He was a Foundation Member of the Institute of Local Government Engineers of New Zealand, being elected on 15th January, 1913. Upon the merging of the two bodies in 1914, he became a Member of the, then NZ Society of Civil Engineers (now the N.Z. Institution of Engineers) with which he maintained his membership until his decease.
During the.period, 1919 to 1925, Mr. Annabell was in private practice in Wanganui as Consulting Engineer to the Castlecliff Town Board, the Matipo Land and Building Coy., the Wanganui College Board of Trustees, the Awatea Land Syndicate and the Wanganui Harbour Board.
Comprised in the works he carried out for these organisations were :-Subdivisional surveys, the installation of the Castlecliff sewage and water supply schemes, the Imlay Freezing Works, the Durie Hill elevator, the Wanganui water supply, besides general engineering works.
In 1925, he was appointed Borough Engineer to the Blenheim Borough Council, where, during his sixteen years of service, he designed and supervised the installation of the sewage scheme, the extension of the water supply, street construction, sealing works, drains, bridges and other engineering. He was appointed Engineer-Clerk to the Dargaville Borough Council in 1941 and, remained in that position till 1942, when he became Engineering Surveyor to the Housing Department in Auckland.
He passed away in Auckland on 29th November, 1944, and is survived by his wife and two sons. The elder son, 2nd Lieut R J Annabell, is on Active Service abroad and is an Associate Member of the Institution as well as a Licensed Surveyor. The younger son is a Bachelor of Architecture and a; Member of the NZ Institute of Architects.
Biography from Proceedings of NZIE, Vol. 30, 1945, p 304