Chirnside in April 2014 (106 years old)
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.
- Meet Otago University's oldest living graduate Otago Daily Times, 24 July 2014
- The oldest alumnus? University of Otago, 14 April 2014
|New Zealand's Oldest Living Man Titleholders (V • E)|
Thomas Salmon • Unknown • Arthur Bates • William Swensson • Charles Campbell • William Buttler Hayes • Ted Lucas • Lawrence Morris Blyth • Bright Williams • Cecil Hamilton • Ernest Ryland • Trevor Henry • Harold Clark • Dudley Sainsbury • John Patrick Roache • Stephen Todd • Harry Duncan Andrews • Ian Chirnside • Bob Edwards • Howard Buss • Ronald Hermanns