The Cyclopedia of New Zealand [Wellington Provincial District]
Captain Henry Rose
Captain Henry Rose, who has continuously represented importers and shippers on the Harbour Board since its foundation in 1878, and was chairman for the year 1889–90, was born in Central America, whither his parents had gone from England. He was educated at private schools in London, and at fourteen years of age he went to sea in a vessel of the British Mercantile Marine. When but eighteen years of age he became third officer, and at twenty-four gained a captain's cer tificate. For the fifteen years between 1860 and 1875 he was trading between London and Canterbury. Until 1869 he was an officer of the old White Star Line, and commanded the “Jessie Munn,” and afterwards the “Mermaid.” Subsequently he had charge of the “Zealandia” and of the “Merope,” of the Shaw-Savill line. Later on he joined the New Zealand Shipping Company, having successively the “Rakaia,” “Waimate,” and “Waikato” under his control. In 1875 he was appointed Marine Superintendent of the Company's fleet for the Colony. A year later he accepted the position of local manager of the New Zealand Shipping Company at Wellington, which he still holds. Captain Rose has been a member of the Wellington Chamber of Commerce for nearly twenty years, and was for some years a member of the council of that body, but declined re-election, believing that members should not be continuously returned. Captain Rose takes a lively interest in rowing and cricket, and in his early years used to enter heartily into these healthy pastimes. In business, as in social circles, Captain Rose enjoys the esteem and respect of all classes.
Captain H. Rose.