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WILLIAMS, Cyrus John Richard, (1862 - 1942)

John Blair Mason

Cyrus John Richard Williams (1862-1942). Past Presidents Album, 1914-1966, IPENZ

Mr Williams was born 19th September 1862, was educated at Sydney Grammar School, N.S.W., and Brisbane Grammar School, Queensland, 1873 - 1880. From 1880-83 he was trained under W. D. Nisbet, M.Inst.C.E., who was" in charge of all harbour works in Queensland. After serving as Mr Nisbet's Assistant, he was in charge of works at Townsville, 1885-86, and of Brisbane River and Drainage Works, at Brisbane District, 1887-93. In 1894-95 he was in private practice. From 1896 - 1902 he was Assistant Engineer for Water Supply, Queensland, and in 1903 he was appointed Engineer to the Lyttelton Harbour Board, holding that position until 1927. He was also Engineer to Tolaga Bay Harbour Board from 1920-29.

Mr. Cyrus Williams was a former Member of the Institution of Civil Engineers and of the New Zealand Society of Civil Engineers, being President of the latter body in 1920-21, and a Member of Council 1917-20, 1921-25, and 1926-28.

He died in December 1942.

Extract from The Proceedings of NZ Institution of Engineers, Vol. 29, p 94