Grafton Bridge: Arthur James Dickson

Arthur James Dickson

OBE, BE, C Eng, FICE, FRSH. (1904– 1973)


Born in Taranaki, Dickson graduated from Canterbury University College in 1926.

In 1928 he was awarded a New Zealand University travelling scholarship and spent the following two years in Australia.

On his return to New Zealand, he joined the staff of the Auckland City

as an engineer.

In 1938 he became President of the New Zealand Institute of Engineers (NZIE) (now IPENZ.) At 36 he was the youngest person to hold that position.

He was appointed City Engineer in 1944, a post which he held until his retirement in 1969.

He also set up the City Council’s Architectural Division.

He chaired the technical advisory committee of the Auckland Regional Planning Authority for 20 years and during that time was involved in the planning for the Auckland International Airport and the Auckland Harbour Bridge.

In 1953 he was awarded an OBE. He died in 1973 and was survived by his wife:

Mavis Bertha Dobson Aldridge 1904 - 2004