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John Wood (1880-1952)
1952 Obituary 
JOHN WOOD, C.M.G., who died at his home at Paraparaumu, New Zealand, on the 12th July, 1952, at the age of 71, was born at Adelaide on the 15th December, 1880.
Educated at Timaru High School, South Island, New Zealand, he spent 4 years-from 1900 to 1904-obtaining practical experience in the Public Works Department of New Zealand.
The initial part of his training over, almost the whole of the following 16 years (1904-1920) were spent as Assistant Engineer on various works of railway construction throughout North Island, the last 8 years in particular being spent as District Engineer in charge of Whangarei District, during the execution of a large road and railway construction project.
In 1920 he joined the Public Works Department at Wellington as Inspecting Engineer, being promoted to Assistant Engineer-in-Chief in 1932.
In 1936 Mr Wood was appointed Engineer-in-Chief and Under Secretary, of the Public Works Department, an appointment which he held until his retirement in 1941....[more]