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GLASSE, Alfred Onslow, (1889 - 1977)


A.O Glasse

A. O. Glass (1889 - 1977). IPENZ, Past Presidents Album, 1914-1966

Alfred Onslow Glasse who was the senior past-president of the Institution (1942-3), died during December, aged 89. He was a former chief engineer of the Auckland Electric Power Board and had also served as deputy mayor of Auckland.

Mr Glasse was born in Dunedin and educated at Otago Boys' High School, Dunedin Technical College, and Otago University. After qualifying as an engineer, he travelled to England to gain further experience.

At the outbreak of World War 1 he joined the New Zealand Expeditionary Force and was awarded the Military Cross and mentioned in dispatches.

He resumed work in England at the end of the war but, early in 1922, he arrived back in New Zealand to take charge of a large electrical contract for the Auckland Electric Power Board. Mr Glasse later joined the board as assistant engineer and after a few months was appointed chief engineer, a position held until he retired 29 years later, in 1954. He served as vice-president of the Institution from 1940 to 1942 and was president 1942-3. He also served as president of the Electric Supply Authority Engineers' Institute (1947-8). 1n 1952 Mr Glasse was awarded the OBE for his services to engineering.

After his retirement from engineering Mr Glasse then became equally distinguished in civic affairs, becoming a member of the Auckland City Council and deputy mayor of Auckland, a member of the Auckland Metropolitan Drainage Board and the Harbour Bridge Authority. He retired from his last public office in 1976 when he was then in his mid-80s. In 1969 he was awarded the CMG.

Extract from New Zealand Engineering, March 1978, p 72