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JONES, Frederick James,, M.V.O., I.S.O. (1874 - 1943)

Frederick James Jones

Frederick James Jones (1874-1943). Past Presidents Album, 1914-1966, IPENZ.

Mr Jones was born 24th May 1874 and was educated at Otago Boys' High School (1887-89) and Canterbury University College (1895). He entered the Railways Department as a cadet at Dunedin in 1889. In 1900 he was appointed Assistant Engineer, and in 1901, District Engineer, serving in that capacity in Greymouth (1901-04), Wellington (1904-07), Wanganui (1908-14), Auckland, New Works (1915), and Dunedin (1915 - 19). From 1920-23 he was Assistant Chief Engineer, and became Chief Engineer in 1924. He was Chairman of the New Zealand Railways Board of Management from 1925 - 1928, and was given the rank of Honorary Colonel and Director of Railways with the Defence Department. His services in the Railways Department earned him Companionship of the Imperial Service Order and Membership of the Royal Victorian Order.

Mr Jones was admitted a Student of the Institution of Civil Engineers in 1896, was elected an Associate Member of that body in 1902, and transferred to the class of Member in 1913.

He was elected a. Member of the New Zealand Society of Civil Engineers in June 1920, was Vice-President in 1924-25, President in 1925-26, was Member of Council from 1926 - 1931, and Hon. Secretary from 1931-36 inclusive.

Mr Jones died on 25th March 1943.

Extract from The Proceedings of NZ Institution of Engineers, Vol. 29, p 93