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DICKSON, Arthur James (1904 - 1973)


A.J Dickson

A.. Dickson (1904 - 1973). IPENZ, Past Presidents Album, 1914-1966

Arthur James Dickson, (Fellow and past President), formerly city engineer, Auckland, died recently. He was born in Pihama, Taranaki and educated at New Plymouth Technical College and Canterbury University College, from which he graduated BE (civil) in 1926. In 1928 he was awarded a New Zealand University travelling scholarship and spent the following two years in Australia. On his return to New Zealand, he joined the staff of the city engineer, Auckland, as the city’s first designing engineer, and in 1936 was promoted to assistant city engineer. He was appointed city engineer in 1944, a post which he held until his retirement in 1969.

Mr Dickson chaired the technical advisory committee of the Auckland Regional Planning Authority for 20 years and during that time was involved in the planning for the Auckland International Airport and the Auckland Harbour Bridge. He also set up the council’s Architectural Division.

He was awarded an OBE in 1953.

Mr Dickson became a corporate member of the N.Z. Institution of Engineers in 1931, and in 1937 was transferred to the class of Fellow. He first became a member of the Council in 1938 as chairman of the Auckland branch, and in 1943 was elected to the Council. He was elected vice-president in 1947 and President in 1948. Mr Dickson was a member of the Engineers' Registration Board from 1943 to 1969.

Information from:

  • New Zealand Engineering, April 1973, p 119
  • Evening Post, 21 February 1973