M.Inst.C.E. (10 August 1841–4 May 1891), was a New Zealand engineer and surveyor. He was born in Kilmeny, Argyllshire, Scotland on 10 August 1841. He was in the service of the Provincial Government of Otago from 1864 to 1865 whereupon he became district engineer in the Public Works Department of New Zealand in 1871, Engineer-in-charge of the Middle Island in 1878, and Assistant Engineer-in-Chief for the colony in 1884. In 1890 Mr. Blair was appointed Engineer-in-chief, and died on May 4th, 1891.
Sir James WilliamBlair KCMG (16 May 1870 18 November 1944) was an Australian politician, lawyer and judge. He was a successful politician, being elected to the Queensland Parliament on several occasions. He held the office of Attorney-General and was also the Minister for Mines and introduced many successful law reforms measures in Queensland. In latter life, he took up an appointment as a judge of the Supreme Court of Queensland and went on to become the Chief Justice of that court. Blair took on many civic roles including that of Chancellor of the University of Queensland.