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This information was published in 1966 in An Encyclopaedia of New Zealand, edited by A. H. McLintock. It has not been corrected and will not be updated.

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Abel, William Wilkie

(1910– ).

Mining engineer.

William Abel was born at Dunedin on 6 February 1910. He was educated at Otago Boys' High School and proceeded to the University of Otago, where he graduated B.E. (Mining) and B.Sc. He spent two years working for mining companies in Otago, but in 1934 he joined the Pahang Co. Ltd., of which he is now the general manager.

Almao, Kenneth Martin

(1903– ).

Commissioner of Inland Revenue, Sarawak (retired).

Kenneth Almao was born at Wellington, New Zealand, on 28 May 1903 and was educated at Wellington College and Victoria University College. Beginning as an assistant to the Commissioner of Inland Revenue in Fiji in 1926, he has held positions connected with inland and stamp revenue in Fiji, Hong Kong, and Sarawak. In 1959 he was Chairman of the Direct Taxation Commission in Sarawak and a year later was appointed Commissioner of Inland Revenue there. He was on military service from 1940 to 1946. He retired from the Colonial Service in 1962 and now lives in Auckland.

Davies, George Maxwell, D.F.C.

(1913– ).

Professor of agriculture.

George Maxwell Davies was born at Dunedin on 28 January 1913. He was educated at Otago Boys' High School, at the University of Otago, and at Massey Agricultural College, where he gained his B.Agr.Sc. and was a Bledisloe Prize winner. He then joined the State Advances Corporation as a farm appraiser and gained a diploma in farm management and valuation from Canterbury Agricultural College in 1940. While on active service with the RNZAF from 1940 to 1944, he was awarded the D.F.C. in 1942. He resigned from the State Advances Corporation in 1946 to become senior lecturer in soil science at Massey Agricultural College for two years. From 1948 to 1959 he served as a Regional Grassland Husbandry Officer for the United Kingdom Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, and Food. In the latter year he was appointed professor of Agriculture at the University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur.

Dixon, Lindsay Stewart

(1917– ).

Administrative Officer, Sabah (North Borneo).

Lindsay Dixon was born at Marton Junction, New Zealand, on 28 August 1917. He gained M.A. at Auckland University College in 1941 and afterwards served in the Air Force. In 1948 he became a cadet in the Colonial Service in North Borneo. From 1955 to 1958 he was seconded to British Honduras as a Labour Adviser. Since then he has been an Administrative Officer in North Borneo.

Greig, Arnold Lessel Macmorland

(1913– ).


Arnold Greig was born at Amatikulu, Zululand, South Africa, on 24 February 1913. He was educated at Auckland Grammar School and Auckland University College. He qualified as a surveyor and is a member of the Institute of Surveyors (N.Z.) and a fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. From 1937 to 1941 he was engaged in the Topographical Division of the Survey Department of the Federation of Malaya. In the last six months of 1941 he was attached to Survey of India for specialist training. During the Malayan campaign he was a Lieutenant in the Field Survey Company of the Federated Malay States Volunteer Force and spent three years as a prisoner of war in Singapore, Korea, and Manchuria. From 1946 to 1958 he was attached to the Survey Department of Perak, Singapore, Kelantan, Kedah, Malacca, and headquarters. Arnold Greig was appointed Deputy Surveyor-General in 1958 and has been Surveyor-General for the Federation of Malaya since 1960.

Harvey, John Allen

(1900– ).

Formerly Comptroller of the Household to the Paramount Ruler of Malaya.

John Harvey was born at Dunedin on 20 August 1900. He was educated at Christ's College and at the University of Otago, where in 1922 he graduated M.A. with first-class honours in economis. Two year later he sat the United Kingodom Open Civil Service Examination and was appointed to a cadetship in the Malayan Civil Service. In 1929 he obtained his B.A. from Cambridge University. During the Malayan campaign (1941–42) he served with the Federated Malay States Volunteer Light Battery. The following two years were spent in Nigeria, where he served as head of the Lands and Mines Branch of the Secretariat of the two northern provinces and, during the first half of 1944, he redrafted Nigeria's mining legislation. Later in that year he was released to the Army and became Military Administrator of the Cocos-Keeling Islands before taking part in the reoccupation of Malaya in 1945. In 1946 he rejoined the Malayan Civil Service and was given the task of organising the Federal Social Welfare Department. From 1949 to 1952 he was Commissioner of Lands, chairman of the Rural Board, and member of the Legislative Council of Singapore. He then became British Adviser at Pahang until his retirement in 1954. In 1957 he was recalled to become Comptroller of the Household to His Majesty the Paramount Ruler of Malaya.

Honey, Charles Raymond

(1925– ).

Assistant Director of Public Works (Buildings).

Charles Honey was born at Hastings, New Zealand, on 8 July 1925. He was educated at Palmerston North Boys' High School and Auckland University College School of Architecture, where he qualified B.Arch., A.R.I.B.A., A.N.Z.I.A., and was senior scholar in architecture for 1945. From 1946 to 1949 he served with the New Zealand Military Forces. He joined the Malayan Public Works Service and was stationed at Kuala Lumpur (1950), Alor Star (1953), and Johore Bahru (1954), before becoming Superintending Architect of the Public Works Department in 1958. Since 1959 he has been Assistant Director of Public Works (Buildings). The Sultan of Johore has conferred the Pingat Ibrahim Sultan Medal upon him.

Logie, Raymond Hamilton

(1918– ).

Assistant Director of Lands and Survey Department, Sarawak.

Raymond Logie was born at Sawyers Bay, Dunedin, New Zealand, on 14 May 1918. He was educated at Otago Boys' High School and trained as a surveyor. In 1948 he joined the Colonial Service in Sarawak as Assistant Superintendent of the Lands and Survey Department. He became Superintendent in 1949 and, in 1962, Assistant-Director.

Neal, Mathew Gilbert, B.E.M.

(1910– ).

Puisne Judge.

Mathew Neal was born at Wellington, New Zealand, on 19 December 1910. He was educated at Wellington College and Victoria University College. From 1939 to 1946 he served with the armed forces and in the latter year joined the Colonial Legal Service. His first posting was to Malaya as a District Judge. In 1948 he became Legal Adviser in Perak. He was appointed Official Assignee and Registrar of Companies, Trade Unions, and Societies in the Federation of Malaya in 1955. Two years later he took up his present position as Puisne Judge. He has been decorated by the Sultans of Kelantan and Perak and was awarded the British Empire Medal.

Purchase, Charles Ernest, Q.C.

(1907– ).

Attorney-General, Sabah (North Borneo).

Charles Purchase was born at Ashburton, New Zealand, on 2 February 1907. He was educated at Christchurch Boys' High School and Canterbury University College and is a barrister of both the New Zealand Supreme Court and the Inner Temple, London. In 1940 he was appointed Assistant Administrator-General in Uganda and, a year later, Resident Magistrate. His next appointment was in 1947 as Assistant Attorney-General in North Borneo. Since 1951 he has been Attorney-General and, on occasions between 1953 and 1958, acted as the Governor's deputy.

Reeves, Bruce Aubrey, D.S.C.

(1914– ).

Director, Lands and SurveyDepartment, Sabah (North Borneo).

Bruce Reeves was born in 1914. He was educated at Nelson College and trained as a surveyor. In 1939 he was appointed to Sarawak, but from 1942 to 1946 was on active service. After demobilisation he was Superintendent of Lands and Survey till 1949, when he spent a year as Settlement Officer. From 1950 he has been in North Borneo, first as a surveyor and subsequently as Deputy Director of Lands and Survey. Since 1958 he has been Director.

Taylor, William Reginald

(1906– ).

General manager, Selanyang Tin Dredging Ltd., Selangor.

William Taylor was born at Oamaru, New Zealand, on 6 July 1906 and was educated at Waitaki Boys' High School. In 1934 he was appointed mechanical engineer with Messrs Osborne and Chappel, Ipoh, Perak. Between then and 1941 he was also on several tin-dredging companies in Selangor. He held a commission with the Federated Malay States Volunteer Forces, was taken prisoner of war, and spent the next five years in Singapore and Thailand and in recuperating in New Zealand. From April 1946 to June 1948 he was engaged in rehabilitating the tin-mining companies he had previously worked for. Since 1948 he has been general manager of Selayang Tin Dredging Ltd., at Selangor. In 1957 he was awarded the Selangor Meritorious Service Medal. W. R. Taylor is mining representative on several committees and councils.

Wylie, Sir William Campbell, Q.C.

(1905– ).

Chief Justice, Sarawak and Sabah.

Campbell Wylie was born at Dannevirke, New Zealand, on 14 May 1905, and was educated at Auckland Grammar School and at Auckland University College. He then qualified as a barrister at the Inner Temple and saw military service from 1941 to 1946. He held the position of Crown Counsel in Malaya in 1946 and, in 1950, became Senior Federal Counsel. From 1951 to 1955 he was Attorney-General at Barbados, in 1955 in British Guiana, and in 1956 in the West Indies. From 1959 to 1963 he was Federal Justice of the Supreme Court of the West Indies and is now Chief Justice of Sarawak and Sabah. Campbell Wylie was knighted in 1963.

Apart from these, a number of New Zealanders have settled in other parts of the Federation and made worth-while contributions to the progress of their respective areas.

C. B. Murray, who is now on contract in the Survey Department in North Borneo. Another surveyor, who is a senior officer in Singapore's National Housing and Development Board, is W. Smart.

In the engineering field H. Somes is a director of one of the large firms in Singapore and has been in the area for more than 20 years.

A. McRae manages the Singapore branch of South British Insurance Co.; A. Jenkin is accountant for the Straits Times. Originally appointed as head of the engineering Department of Singapore Polytechnic, I. Scollay became principal about three years ago. In the medical field Professor Ellis has been in charge of the anatomy department in the School of Medicine, which is now part of the University of Malaya.

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