William Newsham Blair

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William Newsham Blair M.Inst.C.E. (10 August 1841 – 4 May 1891), was a New Zealand engineer and surveyor. He was born in Kilmeny, Islay, Argyllshire, Scotland on 10 August 1841.[1] He was in the service of the Provincial Government of Otago from 1864 to 1865 whereupon he became district engineer in the Public Works Department of New Zealand in 1871, Engineer-in-charge of the Middle Island in 1878, and Assistant Engineer-in-Chief for the colony in 1884. In 1890 Mr. Blair was appointed Engineer-in-chief, and died on 4 May 1891.[2]


  1. ^ Williams, Trevor. "William Newsham Blair". Dictionary of New Zealand Biography. Ministry for Culture and Heritage. Retrieved 23 April 2017. 
  2. ^ Mennell, Philip (1892). "Wikisource link to Blair, William Newsham". The Dictionary of Australasian Biography. London: Hutchinson & Co. Wikisource 

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