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WILLIAMS, Frederick Joseph (1876 - 1944):

F. J. Williams

F. J. Williams (b.1876). Past Presidents Album 1914-1966. IPENZ.

Born 26th August, 1876, in Victoria; was educated at Kumara State School and later at evening classes; practical training under N .2. Government, early work being associated with the Waimia--Kumara Hydraulic Works. In 1896 Mr. Williams obtained a transfer to the Lands and Survey Department and was stationed at Reefton, but after six months he accepted a position under Mr. Robert Hay and was associated with many extensive works, including the Palmerston North water supply, and sewerage and electrical supply to Gore and Rotorua. In 1904 he joined as Resident Engineer the Waipori Falls Power Co. Ltd., whose works he had been associated with earlier. Following an association with the Andersons Bay electrical Tramway. Mr. Williams entered private practice in Dunedin as a Consulting Engineer, and his name is linked with many important South Island works.

Mr Williams was a Member of the NZ Institute of Surveyors, the Town Planning Institute of NZ, and the Royal Sanitary Institute, London. He was also a past President of the Otago Automobile Association and the S.I.M.U. Insurance Company. He held the rank of Major in the N.Z. Home Forces during the 1914 - 18 War. He was a popular officer of the Dunedin engineers' unit of the Territorial forces, and on the outbreak of war with Japan formed an engineers' battalion of the Home Guard, which he commanded until its' disbandment.

Mr Williams maintained a keen and active interest in freemasonry throughout his life. He was 10 years grand superintendent of the Scottish Royal Arch district, and as a .thirty-second degree mason was the S.G. inspector general elect.

Mr Williams was a Foundation Member of this Institution, his association with it and its predecessors dating from March 1912. He was also a Foundation Chairman of the Qtago Branch. He served for some years as a Member of Council, was Vice-President, 1931-33; President, 1933-34.

Mr Williams is survived by his wife (nee Miss de Tourettes), one daughter, Mrs. S J Thompson, of Levin, and a son, Lieutenant F H Williams, who has just returned from the Middle East.

 

Biography from Proceedings of NZIE, Vol. 30, 1945, p 305/6