The Cyclopedia of New Zealand [Otago & Southland Provincial Districts]
Mr. John Bandeen
Mr. John Bandeen , who served as a Councillor of the Borough of Hampden for four years, was, born in Aberdeenshire, Scotland, in 1842, and brought up to farm work. He came to Otago, in the ship “Aboukir,” at the age of twenty, worked at farm work for about seven years, and was a prize-taker with the swing-plough in the Taieri and Oamaru districts. For about six years he was engaged in constructing a water-race on the Maere-whenua goldfield, and was platelaying for contractors on the railway between Waitaki and Port Moeraki for about two years. He page 458 entered the railway service as line ganger for the Government on the 19th of February, 1877, and was stationed at Hampden until 1899. Then for a year he was doing special work as ganger for the Railway Department at Inch Valley, Oamaru, and Otago Central. In 1900 he was appointed relaying ganger for the Dunedin section, and relaid portions of the Lawrence branch, Ngapara branch and the Port Chalmers line. Mr. Bandeen was thus engaged until the end of June, 1903, when he retired under the Superannuation Act.
Mr. J. Bandeen.