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Arnold Morrison

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Arnold Morrison (c1884-1951)

1953 Obituary [1]

ARNOLD MORRISON, who died in New Zealand on 5th June 1951 at the age of sixty-seven, had spent nearly the whole of his professional career in that country.

He received his general education in Newcastle upon Tyne at the Royal Grammar School and his technical training at Rutherford and Armstrong Colleges in the same city.

He served an apprenticeship between 1900 and 1905 with Morrison and Company and J. Spencer and Sons, Ltd., in the employment of which he continued as a junior draughtsman for two years.

He began his long connexion with New Zealand as a fitter to S. Luke and Company, Ltd., Wellington, this being followed by the post of workshop instructor at Wanganui Technical College, which he held for four years.

He came to England in 1915 and served as foreman in charge at the La Bass& shell factory, Glasgow, and a year later returned to the Newburn Steelworks of J. Spencer and Sons to take up the appointment of works engineer.

In 1919 he returned to New Zealand where he spent the rest of his active life as an instructor in engineering subjects. The various positions he occupied included that of vocational engineer at Hanmer Hospital and instructor at Seddon Memorial Technical College. After being in charge of the Vermont Street manual training centre for metal work he received, in 1924, his final appointment as metal work and drawing instructor at Kowhai Junior High School, where he remained until his retirement in 1944.

Mr. Morrison had been an Associate Member of the Institution since 1919.

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