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Ian Chirnside
Ian Chirnside
Chirnside in April 2014 (106 years old)
Birth: 9 February 1908
Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand
Death: 21 September 2014
New Zealand
Age: 106 years, 224 days
Country: New ZealandNZL

Ian Chirnside (9 February 1908 – 21 September 2014) was a New Zealand centenarian who was the oldest living man in New Zealand following the death of Harry Duncan Andrews.


Chirnside was born in 1908 to a family of 10, the sixth of eight children. Chirnside started working at the University of Otago in 1922 at 14 years old as a technical assistant at the dental school. His brother Alan graduated from dentistry in 1938, and Ian graduated in 1940. Chirnside worked with the Dental Corps in World War II. Chirnside retired in the early 1970s.


New Zealand's Oldest Living Man Titleholders (VE)

Christopher Murray • Alexander Hughes • Maxwell Wallenstein • Wesley Firth • Frederick Fox • David Orange • Thomas SalmonAllan WatkinsEdward Leigh • Arthur Bates • William Swensson • Charles Campbell • Hubert HardenWilliam Hayes • James Hill • Lawrence Blyth • Bright Williams • Cecil HamiltonErnest Ryland • Trevor Henry • Harold Clark • Dudley Sainsbury • Taiwung Yu Hoi • Harry Andrews • Ian ChirnsideBob EdwardsHoward BussRonald HermannsBill MitchellLaurence Reynolds