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Albert Sven Johnson was born in Nelson on 4 March 1873, the son of William Johnson and Christina Spicer Lovell. At the age of 15 he worked for F.N. Jones as a saddler, then worked as a tinsmith for Griffins. He left Nelson for a number of years, working in the North Island. After serving in the Boer War, he returned home to Nelson. Albert gained employment with the Nelson Harbour Board, and was involved with putting "the cut" through the Boulder Bank. He married Isabella Ching - they had four children. Albert retired in 1946, having worked for the Harbour Board for 40 years. Albert died on 8 June 1964, aged 91 years. He is buried at Marsden Valley Cemetery with his wife Isabella.
Papers comprise certificates relating to service in Naval Volunteers, certificates of service as Master and Engineer, certificate of survey for his vessel "Isabel", sea-fishing licences, car registration certificate, a tender form, Patriotic Carnival award certificates, share documents and receipts relating to Kotuku Oil and Gold Fields Ltd.
Also included one page of notes about Albert Sven Johnson written by Jeff Newport.