The Cyclopedia of New Zealand [Wellington Provincial District]
Brown, Samuel, Contractor, Coal and Produce Importer; Office, Johnston Street; Stores and Yards, Willis Street and Tory Street. Telephones: Office, 88; Tory Street, 164 Willis Street, 124. P.O. Box 99. Bankers, Bank of New Zealand. Cable address ”Brown, Wellington;” Code, ABC. Private residence, Hanson Street. Mr. Brown is a native of Ireland. He came to New Zealand 1862, and, landing at the Bluff, he remained in Invercargill two years, entering into business as a contractor. In page 651 1864 he came on to Wellington and formed the present business. The business premises are central and extensive—about 20,000 square feet of floor space. The corn store in Tory Street is a two-story building and contains all needful machinery for grinding corn and cutting chaff, as well as a sawing plant for firewood, the motive power being two steam engines, aggregating sixteen horse-power. Mr. Brown does a large trade, his connection extending throughout the Wellington provincial district. He imports coal from Newcastle and elsewhere and holds agencies for various coal companies. He is the patentee of an appliance for gold saving, in connection with dredging. In local politics Mr. Brown has held the highest position in the gift of ratepayers, having been returned as mayor of the city of Wellington for two consecutive years. As a councillor he sat for six years, and for three years he had a seat on the Harbour Board. He was a member of the Board of Governors of the Wellington College. For some years Mr. Brown has held the position of justice of the peace. He is also chairman of the Masonic Hall Company.