12 February 2016

Joseph George Alexander (1873?–1954)

  • J. G. Alexander, circa 1930. Past Presidents Album. IPENZ.

The death occurred in late 1954 of Joseph George Alexander, a former Dunedin City Engineer and President of the New Zealand Institution of Engineers (now the Institution of Professional Engineers New Zealand (IPENZ)) in 1929–30.

Alexander came to New Zealand in 1923 on leave. He had wide experience in general, municipal and government engineering in Great Britain and India, and ended up taking on the position of Gisborne Borough Engineer.

Soon after, in November 1923 he was appointed Dunedin’s City Engineer. During his 15-year term many major works were carried out, including improvements to the city stormwater system, and the completion of a system of discharging water into the harbour under pressure. He was the engineer in charge of the building of the dam at Waipori. Alexander introduced the tarred macadam system of street paving to the city. He also erected service reservoirs in various parts of the Dunedin and improved the reticulation and distribution mains. Alexander retired from his position in March 1939.

Alexander was an Associate Member of both the British Institution of Civil Engineers and the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.

More information


New Zealand Engineering, November 1954, p 388.