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The Cyclopedia of New Zealand [Wellington Provincial District]

Mr. Alexander Allan

Mr. Alexander Allan, Driver in charge at Cross Creek, was born in Nigg, Rosshire, Scotland, in 1848. Leaving school at fourteen years of age, Mr. Allan went to learn engineering with Messrs. Faulkner Bros., of Inverness, and after serving two years he returned to his native town, where for five years he was engaged in the engineering business on his own account. After a short time in North America, Mr. Allan went to London, where he worked for a year with Messrs. Currie Bros., the well-known steamship owners, and for two years as a millwright in Woolwich Arsenal. Landing in Wellington on the 1st of January, 1880, he got employment in the Phœnix Foundry, and a year later he received an appointment in the New Zealand Government Railway Department as fitter at Cross Creek. After four years service he was appointed fitter in charge, and was subsequently promoted to the position he now holds. Mr. Allan is well qualified for the responsible office he fills. Sober, cautious, and capable, he exercises a vigilant supervision over all entrusted to his care. He is married, and has five children.