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OBITUARY

MR. GERALD FITZGERALD

The death occurred this morning of Mr. Gerald FitzGerald, of 46 Tinakori Road, Wellington, a civil engineer, architect, accountant, and company director, weill known in business circles in Wellington. He celebrated his eightieth birthday on Saturday and was remarkably cheerful, active,' and healthy up to the time of his death, which came suddenly. As he was attached to the-Public Works Department for twenty, years during the latter years of last century, he played a considerable part in the construction of many of New Zealand's roads and railways.

The late Mr. FitzGerald was born at Christchurch in ■ 1857 and was the eldest son of the late Mr. James Edward FitzGerald, who was one of the Canterbury Pilgrims and the country's first Prime Minister under Responsible Government, and who later became Auditor-General in the Colonial Government. Mr. Gerald , FitzGerald was eduated at the Wellington Grammar School and became an associate member of the Institute of Civil Engineers, a member of the Concrete Institute, a Fellow of the Public Accountants of New Zealand, and a member of the New Zealand Society of Civil Engineers. He also practised •as an architect. He was attached to the Public Works Department from 1874 to 1894 and during that time held numerous positions up to that of resident engineer. Upon leaving the Department he set up in private practice in Wellington as a consulting engineer and architect, and took an active interest in business matters. He was a trustee of the Levin Estate,:chairman of the Colonial Mutual Life Assurance Company, deputy-chairman of the Wellington Gas Company, chairman of Fashions, Ltd., chairman of the Kelburne and Karori Tramway Co., Ltd., and occupied seats on the directorates of other companies at various times. Unlike his father, he took no particular interest in politics, but devoted his business career to his profession and his various business activities. He was a keen gardener. '

The late Mr. FitzGerald first married Miss E. J. Buage, and after her death he married Mrs. M. E. Pharazyn. Of his family of one son and three daughters only two daughters, both in England, survive him.

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OBITUARY, Evening Post, Volume CXXIV, Issue 1, 1 July 1937

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OBITUARY Evening Post, Volume CXXIV, Issue 1, 1 July 1937

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