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LUSTY, Horace Campbell, (1895 - 1972)

H.C Lusty

H. C. Lusty (1895-1972). IPENZ, Past Presidents Album, 1914-1966

Horace Campbell Lusty, formerly general manager, New Zealand Railways, and a past President of the N.Z. Institution of Engineers (1949-50), died in Wellington on 23 April 1972 in his seventy-seventh year.

He was educated at the Petone District High School, Dunedin Technical College and Canterbury University College and qualified as a professional engineer in 1923. He joined NZ Railways as an engineering cadet in 1912 and served as an assistant engineer in Wellington, Dunedin, Greymouth, Wanganui, Ohakune and Christchurch before being appointed District Engineer in Invercargill. He returned to Railways head office in 1933 as Inspecting Engineer and was promoted to Assistant Engineer-in-Chief in 1936 and Chief Civil Engineer in 1944. In 1951 he was appointed General Manager of NZR and retired in 1955.

Mr Lusty undertook a 12 month tour in 1946-47 inspecting railway systems in Australia, South Africa, Britain, Sweden and USA. He became convinced that diesel engines should replace steam at a time when opinion differed about the use of diesels in New Zealand.

He was also a supporter of the rights of railwaymen and was successful in securing salary increases for them

Mr Lusty was elected to corporate membership of the NZ Society of Civil Engineers (now NZIE) in February 1930 and became President in 1949. He was a very regular attender at general meetings of the Institution and of the Wellington branch and until very recently showed a keen interest in the development and well-being of the Institution.

Information from:

  • New Zealand Engineering, July 1972, p 234
  • Evening Post, 26 April 1972