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VICKERMAN, Hugh, (1880 - 1960)

Hugh Vickerman

H. Vickerman, 1935-36. Past Presidents Album 1914-1966. IPENZ

DSO, OBE, MSc, MICE, MNZIE

Hugh Vickerman died on October 23 1960. Mr Vickerman was president of the New Zealand Institution of Engineers for 1935-36.

Mr Vickerman was born in Whangarei in 1880, educated at Auckland and Victoria University Colleges. He joined the Public Works Dept as an engineering cadet in 1900 and was later involved with the construction of the Midland Railway and the Otira tunnel and the North Island Main Truck construction.

He had a distinguished record in World War 1, rising to the rank of major. He left New Zealand with the Main Body and was officer commanding the Tunnelling Company in France in 1916. He was mentioned in dispatches ion 1917 and received the DSO in 1918. In that year he became attached to the 3rd Army as acting controller of mines but later rejoined the Tunnelling Company.

For his services in France he was awarded the OBE.

In 1941 he was appointed officer commanding the Composite Works Company, New Zealand Engineers. Later he was CO of NZ Defence Engineers Service Corps, Wellington Company. He was posted to the retired list in 1943.

After World War 1, in 1921, Mr Vickerman joined F C Hay and J G Lancaster in private practice as a consulting engineer in Wellington (the firm later practised as Vickerman and Lancaster). He remained active in the practice for many years.

Notes by Rob Aspden

References:

  1. Obituary, New Zealand Engineering, January 1961, p 36
  2. The Christchurch Press; 22 October 1960
  3. Who’s Who in New Zealand; 5th Edition, January 1951.