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MAIR, Sydney Arthur Robert, (1872 - 1961)

Francis Williams Maclean

Sydney Arthur Robert Mair (1872-1961). Past Presidents Album, 1914-1966, IPENZ

Mr Mair was Engineer to Rangitikei County. He retired on 31 March 1947 after almost 50 years' continuous service (serving from 1899 until his retirement). When he started with the County access was mainly on tracks travelling on horseback or by drays. He played a major part in the construction of roads and bridges in the county. He introduced the first reinforced concrete bridges into the county, some of the earliest in the country.

In 1932-33 he and W P Black (then County Engineer for Waimate) with five others prepared a "Report on Economic Development of Rural Roads" for the NZ Society of Civil Engineers. It provided a foundation for future development of rural roads.

Mr Mair was one of the founders of the Institute of Local Government Engineers in 1912 and then of the New Zealand Society of Civil Engineers in 1914. He served as President of the New Zealand Society of Civil Engineers, 1918 - 1919.

He died in September 1961.

References:

1 W L Newnham; "Learning Service Achievement". NZ Institution of Engineers, 1971

2 Neil G Hansen and J Noel Hall; "The County Engineers of New Zealand 1876 - 1989". Association of Local Government Engineers of NZ, 1993.

3 -------; "Central District Times", 7 Sep 1961