CYCLOPEDIA OF NZ 1897
Mr. James McChesney, Inspector of Permanent Way on the New Zealand Government Railways between Momahaki and Kakariki, including the Hunterville Section, is a Scotchman. Born in Ayrshire in 1846, he came to the Bluff per ship `Avilla' in 1862. After a short experience on the diggings, Mr. McChesney becaem a platelayer on the Southland Section of New Zealand Railways. After some years' experience he was advanced to the position of ganger, and in 1888 he became Inspector of Permanent Way at Lumsden. Four years later he was transferred to Wanganui. In 1872 Mr. McChesney was married to a daughter of Mr. A. Clark, of Green Hills, Southland, settler, and has two sons and eight daughters.
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