MARCHBANKS, James, C.M.G. (1862 - 1947)
James Marchbanks was born on 27th October, 1862 and educated at Middle District School, Dunedin, and Otago University. Mr Marchbanks received his early training under such eminent Public Works engineers as W N Blair, E R Ussher, P S Hay, and C T O'Connor. From the Department he went to the Wellington and Manawatu Railway Co., first as Resident Engineer, and later as Chief Engineer and Loco. Superintendent, remaining with the company until 1908, when he was appointed Engineer to the Wellington Harbour Board. His long association with the Board as its General Manager and Chief Engineer until his retirement in 1932, coupled with his unfailing interest in engineering works and in the advancement of the profession, brought him a unique regard among his fellow engineers.
Mr Marchbanks was a Foundation Member of the Institution under its then title of N.Z. Society of Civil Engineers. He will be remembered with affectionate esteem as the Hon. Treasurer of the Institution for many years.
Mr Marchbanks is now followed in his office as Chief Engineer to the Wellington Harbour Board by his son, Mr D S G Marchbanks, D.S.O., M.B.E.
Mr.Marchbanks passed away this year after being confined to his house by failing health, the result of an accident, for a lengthy period.
Extract from The Proceedings of NZ Institution of Engineers, 1947, P 525.