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The Cyclopedia of New Zealand [Taranaki, Hawke's Bay & Wellington Provincial Districts]

Mr. Charles Dugald Kennedy

Mr. Charles Dugald Kennedy was appointed Engineer to the Hawke's Bay County Council in the year 1881. He was born in Napier in 1858, and is a son of the late Mr. Alexander Kennedy, of Napier—sometime captain of No. 2 Company Napier Militia, who was wounded at the memorable Omaranui fight. Mr. Kennedy was educated at the Napier Grammar School and at the late Rev. D'Arcy Irvine's private school at Waipukurau. He passed the junior Civil Service examinations in 1873, and joined the Public Works Department, in which he remained four years. In 1877 he entered the Survey Department, and was in the King Country when the surveyors were stopped by a party of eighty armed natives, under the late Major Kemp. He was placed in charge of an expedition of sixty armed native volunteers, and saw a good deal of rough work. In 1881 the Hawke's Bay County Council asked Mr. Kennedy to undertake the road and bridge engineering work of the county, and he has also acted as consulting engineer for the Patangata, Heretaunga, and Maraekakaho Road Boards, the Clive and Pukehou River Boards, the Wairoa County Council, and the Harbour Board. In 1885 he decided to study law, and passed the final examination in 1889. Mr. Kennedy was lieutenant in the F Battery Artillery Volunteers, and has a high reputation as a marksman. When in England, in 1893, he won several prizes at the Bisley meeting, and was included in the prize list of the “Queen's Prize,” and also gained a place in the following competitions: “Alexandra,” “The Armourers,” “Wantage,” “City of London,” and “Extra Prizes.” Mr. Kennedy is a good footballer, tennis player, and bowler. Though now unattached, as a Freemason, he is a Past Master of the Irish Constitution.