James Edward Fulton

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James Edward Fulton (11 December 1854–6 December 1928) was a New Zealand surveyor and civil engineer. He was born in Outram, South Otago, New Zealand on 11 December 1854,[1] and was the son of James and Catherine Valpy Fulton. He was survived by his wife and daughter[2] (born 19 June 1887).[3]

He worked for a short time as an engineer in flax mill, before becoming a Public Works Department cadet.[4] In 1875 he went to Napier and in 1878 was promoted to Assistant Engineer. He left PWD in 1880, worked on the Kaihu railway and became Resident Engineer of the Palmerston-Waikanae section of the Wellington-Manawatu Railway from 1882 and its manager and locomotive superintendent from 1889. In 1897 he re-entered private practice[5] and worked on the Wellington Cable Car, the original Kelburn Viaduct at Tinakori Gully, Ballance Bridge in the Manawatu Gorge, Otaki, Ohau, Rangitikei and Lower Shotover (on the Queenstown Trail) bridges. In 1906 he visited the USA and Europe to study new engineering techniques, then built Cambridge High Level Bridge,[4] Victoria Bridge, Hamilton and Taupo-Totara Timber Co tramway.[5] He is commemorated as an ex-President of IPENZ[6] by the Fulton-Downer Gold Medal.[4][7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Lowe, Peter. "James Edward Fulton". Dictionary of New Zealand Biography. Ministry for Culture and Heritage. Retrieved 23 April 2017. 
  2. ^ "OBITUARY. (Auckland Star, 1928-12-08)". paperspast.natlib.govt.nz National Library of New Zealand. Retrieved 2017-06-19. 
  3. ^ "BIRTH. (Otago Daily Times, 1887-06-23)". paperspast.natlib.govt.nz National Library of New Zealand. Retrieved 2017-06-19. 
  4. ^ a b c "Victoria Street Bridge, Leamington". www.heritage.org.nz Heritage New Zealand. Retrieved 2017-06-18. 
  5. ^ a b "Wellington Heritage - Absolutely Positively Wellington City Council Me Heke Ki Poneke". www.wellingtoncityheritage.org.nz. Retrieved 2017-06-19. 
  6. ^ "INSTITUTE OF SURVEYORS. (New Zealand Herald, 1929-03-08)". paperspast.natlib.govt.nz National Library of New Zealand. Retrieved 2017-06-19. 
  7. ^ "James Edward Fulton (1854–1928)". www.ipenz.nz. Retrieved 2017-06-19. 
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