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John Ernest Lelliott Cull

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John Ernest Lelliott (Lelliot) Cull (1878-1943)

New Zealand engineer , responsible for many significant projects, including Kopu Bridge and large steel viaducts on the East Coast Main Trunk Railway between Napier and Wairoa, including the Mohaka Viaduct, which ranked among the world's largest.[1]

See here[2] for a description of Kopu Bridge and for biographical information.


1944 Obituary [3]

Professor JOHN ERNEST LELLIOTT CULL, whose death occurred in April 1943, in his sixty-fifth year occupied the chair of civil engineering at Canterbury College, Christchurch, New Zealand. He will be remembered for the valuable services that he rendered to the Institution in supervising its examinations held at Christchurch from 1935 to 1940.

He was born in 1878 and educated at New Zealand University. On the completion of his practical training in the workshops of the Government Railways in 1898 he was employed as a draughtsman with Messrs. Cutler Brothers, structural engineers, but after two years' experience he turned his attention to teaching, in which he was engaged during the remainder of his career. He first became a lecturer in applied mechanics in the University School of Mines. His next position, which dated from 1902, was that of demonstrator in mechanical engineering at Canterbury College. He continued his association with the college for many years, and in 1938 was appointed Professor of Civil Engineering. He had a specialized experience of structural steelworks and steel bridges of all kinds, and of reinforced concrete construction.

He had been an Associate Member of the Institution since 1909.


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Sources of Information

  1. [1] Engineering New Zealand website: John Ernest Lelliot Cull (1879–1943)
  2. [2] Heritage New Zealand: Kopu Bridge
  3. 1944 Institution of Mechanical Engineers: Obituaries