Married, 30 April 1907, Westport, NZ
Born, 10 May 1837
Married, 1870, Invercargill, NZ
Died, 11 September 1931, Wellington NZ
Born, 8 December 1851, Tasmania, Australia
Married, 1870, Invercargill, NZ
Died, 27 May 1924, Wellington, NZ
Austen Young (1910-1985)
Born, 19 January 1910, Dunedin, NZ
Married, May Aroha Free, 11 August
1936, Auckland, NZ
Died, 16 April 1985, Christchurch, NZ
A good biographical background is printed in "Brief Encounters
- Some uncommon lawyers", Glyn Strange, 1997, Clerestory Press,
ISBN 0-9583706-1-3. Pages 49 to 53.
Newspaper coverage of RA Young & M A Free's wedding is grouped with
M A Free.
The picture to the right are the brothers Edmund
G. Young (left) & R. A. Young (right)
G Young's Biography (dated July 1986) of
Robert Austen Young Born 19 January 1910 at Dunedin. Died 16 April
1985 at Christchurch. Secondary education 1924-25 Hamilton Boys High School,
1926-25 Christchurch Boys High School School Monitor. Commissioned
2nd Lieutenant Territorial Army 1925 while still at School. LLB
Canterbury University College 1932. Commercial solo legal practice Christchurch
1933 and later in partnership with Hugh Hunter under the name of R. A.
Young Hunter. As a barrister featured in many notable Supreme Court trials.
Executive member Canterbury & NZ Law Societies. Co-owner with Claude
Evans of Gold Band Taxis Christchurch. Long serving member & Chairman
of Heathcote County Council. President of Cashmere Tennis Club (and Patron),
member of Christchurch Transport Board. Director of, and legal adviser
to, International Harvester Company and other companies. Director of Maui
Gas and N.Z. Broadcasting Corporation Channel 2 Television. For many years
Steward and committee member of Canterbury Jockey Club and past owner
of several race horses of average ability. NZ University Blue
in Tennis and captain of a NZ University team to Australia in the 1930s.
Major in 2nd N.Z.E.F. Pacific Theatre in World War II 1942-1944.
In active legal practice until his death in 1985. He married May
Aroha Free of Auckland on 11 August 1936. In the 1920s the families
of Free & Young lived next door houses in Queens Avenue Hamilton.
At the time of her marriage May ("Maisie") was a well known
amateur actress in Auckland- she died in Christchurch on 15 October 1981.
Obituary, The Press, 4 December 1950
The death has occurred of Mr Henry Aiken Young, senior Stipendiary Magistrate
of New Zealand for nine years. He was 76.
Mr Young had a long and distinguished legal career in New Zealand, South
Africa and Western Samoa. He was born at Greymouth in 1874, and educated
at Nelson College and Canterbury University College. In 1898 he was admitted
to the Bar at Westport and carried on practice there until 1902, when
he was appointed Public Prosecutor in Transvaal, South Africa. For two
years he held that position and for another five years he was a magistrate.
Mr Young returned to New Zealand in 1909 and was appointed to the Bench,
from which he retired in 1942. He served in Dunedin, Central Otago, and
Hamilton, before coming to Christchurch. For 16 years he was senior magistrate
in Christchurch, and in 1933 he became senior magistrate of New Zealand.
Mr Young retired from the Bench to carry on the legal practice of Messrs
R. A. Young (his son) and H. W. Hunter, both of whom were serving with
the armed forces during the war. In 1944 he took up a temporary appointment
as Chief Judge of the High Court of Western Samoa.
Mr Young was a keen footballer as a youth, and represented Canterbury
College and Buller at Rugby.
Mr Young is survived by his widow, two sons, Mr R. A. Young and Dr E.
G. Young, and one daughter, Mrs Colin Austin.
Grey River Argus, 24 March 1903, page 2 Under date Feb 5, the Transvaal Government Gazette notifies the appointment of Mr Henry Aitken Young as public prosecutor of the Wakkersstrom district. His brother, Mr Harben R Young, C E, is in charge of a 117 mile section of railway, now in course of construction, and another brother, Mr Joseph Chamberlain Young, who left New Zealand with the second contingent and subsequently became head clerk in the Military Railways Construction Department, is now Inspector in the accountant branch of the same service. The three gentlemen are sons of Mr Robt Young of Westport, and nephews of H W Young, Esq, the well known civil engineer and architect of Greymouth.
E G Young's Biography (dated July 1986)
Henry Aiken Young, Born 5 June 1874, in Westport NZ Died 3 December
1950 in Christchurch. Married on 24 April 1905 (by Rev T R Bart) Ruth
Gillow, daughter of Edmund
Gillow an engineer in Westport. Secondary education at Nelson
College then LLB at Canterbury University College 1895. Played Rugby for
University 1st XV and also member of the 1st Buller representative team
in 1895 which defeated Nelson by 6 points to nil. Practiced law in Westport
until 1902. Then appointed Crown Prosecutor in Pretoria, Transvaal, South
Africa. Two years later to Magistrate in Pretoria. Returning to NZ to
marry Ruth Gillow in
1905 and back again to South Africa. Appointed Magistrate in NZ in 1909
and eventually retiring from the bench in 1942.
1910 to 1915,
Dunedin 1917 to 1919,
1921 to 1925,
Christchurch 1925 to 1950.
Resigned from the bench in 1942
to take over his son's legal practice (R. A. Young & Hunter) as both
partners were in the army overseas. In 1944 he was appointed temporary
Chief Judge of the High Court - Western Samoa. From 1945 to 1947 he traveled
thoughout NZ as Chairman of the Post & Telegraph Appeal Board
"Early New Zealand Engineers",
F. W. Furkert, 1953,
Young, Robert Austen (1842-1922), was born at Camberwell, London, on
September 9th, 1842. He served a pupilage under William Scott, Architect
and Civil Engineer, of Dundee. In 1864 with his brother Henry he emigrated
to Canterbury in the sailing clipper Brothers Pride. He was employed for
some time on survey work in and near Christchurch. He carried out the
original surveys of Addington. He and his brother Henry followed the lure
of gold to the West Coast and for some time the brothers worked a gold
mining claim at Hau Hau, near Hokitika. In 1886 Robert was surveying roads,
bridges and water-races on the West Coast. He was the first engineer to
the Westland County Council. In 1871 he was Assistant Engineer in Westland
under General Government for seven years, carrying out road, water-race,
railway and harbour surveys under C. Y. O'Connor. His brother Henry then
joined him and they worked together for many years. From 1878 to 1884
he was a partner with his brother Henry, the firm being the first engineers
to the Westport Coal Company. They designed and constructed the Denniston
Incline and the branch railway and sidings from Waimangaroa to the foot
of the inclines. The firm were also contractor's engineers for part of
the Nelson Creek water-race, Grey-Brunner Railway, and the Westport-Ngakawau
Railway. During the period 1878-1898 Robert was engineer to the Westport
Borough Council. In
1898 he was appointed engineer to the Westport Harbour Board and Resident
Engineer to the Public Works Department and supervised the surveys and
construction of part of the Buller Gorge Railway from Westport to the
nine Mile Ferry. In 1907 he retired from the Public Works Department but
continued as engineer to the Westport Harbour Board until September 30th,
1913, when he retired from active work. For time afterwards he acted as
consulting engineer to the Tauranga Harbour Board. He was elected A.M.Inst.C.E
in 1889 and M.Inst.C.E in 1908. He died on 27th September, 1922, at Auckland.
E G Young's Biography (dated July 1986) Robert Austen Young Born 9 September 1842 in Camberwell. Emigrating
to Westport NZ with his brother Henry
William Young in 1863. Married Elizabeth
Reid Aiken, 3rd child and 3rd daughter of George
and Janet Aiken of Greymouth on 21 August 1873 (by Rev I McIntosh)
at George Aiken's home at Tainui Street Greymouth. In partnership in engineering
with his brother Henry William (see above) was engineer to the Westport
Borough Council for 22 years and in 1895 engineers to the Westland Harbour
Board. The Young Brothers designed and engineered the Denniston Railway
Incline. Completed in 1880 and declared to be one of the outstanding engineering
projects in NZ and achieving world acclaim. 13 Million tons of coal were
carried by the incline before its closure in 1967. Five ton laden trucks
descended rapidly by gravity. Pulling the empty trucks up on the return
journey. The wagons were controlled by the hydraulic brakes at the top
of the incline. The total drop of the incline was 1700 feet and its length
Note: Henry William and Robert Austen Young married Aiken sisters from
Greymouth. And a 3rd sister married Frederick Wright - a farmer of Springston
and hence the relationship between the Young and the Wright families. (Photo here)
Below, the Denniston Incline, circa 1880-90s, the people at the bottom of the photogapth are not the Young brothers. (source: ATL, PA1-o-435-50)
Below: Locomotive and carriages on railway line Waimangaroa, circa 1880s