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The New Zealand Railways Magazine, Volume 10, Issue 4 (July 1, 1935.)

Mr. A. T. Ennis

Mr. A. T. Ennis.

The death has occurred of Mr. A. T. Ennis, who until 1924 was Chief Clerk at the Head Office of the Railways Department. The late Mr. Ennis had a long and honourable career in the Railway Service. He joined the Department in 1883 as a cadet at Invercargill. Seven years later he became relieving officer in that district. being subsequently appointed to various positions as Stationmaster, Traffic Inspector, and Traffic Clerk in the principal South Island railway districts. In 1918 Mr. Ennis was promoted to Chief Clerk in the District Traffic Manager's Office. Wellington, and in 1920 became Chief Clerk at Head Office, Wellington, a position he held until retirement on superannuation in 1924.

The General Manager of Railways, Mr. G. H. Mackley, in a personal tribute, remarked upon the large number of railway officers who had benefited in the course of their service through training under the guidance of the late Mr. Ennis. “Speaking personally,” said Mr. Mackley, “I must acknowledge having gained much in the early days of my association with the Department through the guidance of the late Mr. Ennis in those principles of rall-reading which lie at the root of efficiency in railway matters. Mr. Ennis always brought out the best qualities of those who passed through his hands. A strict disciplinarian, he yet was very human and had a warm regard for all who came within the circle of his friendship. He won the respect of all with whom he had dealings either within the Department or amongst those of the public with whom his business activities brought him in contact. He was an assiduous worker and through critical years of railway development helped in establishing those principles and methods of promptness in the dispatch of business, care for the welfare of the Department's customers and employees, consideration of the public safety, and thoroughness in the performance of duties, which have become a valuable tradition of the service. Every railwayman who had the good fortune of association with the late Mr. Ennis in his work for the Department will, I am sure, concur with me in this tribute to the memory of one of the Dominion's great railwaymen.”