The Cyclopedia of New Zealand [Wellington Provincial District]
Mr. Henry Mackenzie
Mr. Henry Mackenzie, J.P., the General Manager of the Bank of New Zealand, has had a banking experience of nearly thirty-five years. Son of the Rev. William Mackenzie, of the Free Church of Scotland, he was born in Edinburgh on the 20th of March, 1846. Educated there and in the Isle of Man, he joined the Bank of Mona as a junior clerk in 1861. In March, 1864, Mr. Mackenzie entered the service of the Manchester and Liverpool District Banking Company in Manchester, and remained in their employ for three years. He then went to London, where he joined the Oriental Bank Corporation. In 1870, after studying in the laboratories of Messrs. Johnson, Matthey and Co., refiners to the Royal Mint, he was sent to Japan in the interests of the Oriental Bank—then under contract to construct a Mint for the Japanese Government. Mr. Mackenzie, being lent to the Japanese Government, remained for some time in their service as Assayer at the Imperial Mint, Osaka. After about nine years in the Bank's service in Japan, he was appointed inspector, and was transferred to Mauritius, where he remained in charge of the Bank for three years, later on going to India, where he lived successively in Calcutta, Madras, and Bombay, and subsequently returning to China, where he for some time had charge of the Hongkong branch. In 1884, having meantime in London joined the service of the Colonial Bank of New Zealand as Inspector of Branches, Mr. Mackenzie came to New Zealand, arriving in June; and in December of the same year was promoted to the position of general manager, a position which he retained till November, 1895, when the Bank was absorbed by the Bank of New Zealand, Mr. Mackenzie has been a Justice of the Peace since 1887.