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The Cyclopedia of New Zealand [Canterbury Provincial District]

Mr. John George Ruddenklau

Mr. John George Ruddenklau was Mayor of Christchurch in 1882 and 1883. He was born at Hesse Cassel, Germany, in 1829, and was brought up to the bakery business. In 1851 he went to London, where he followed his trade till his departure for New Zealand in 1857. In the latter part of that year he landed at Lyttelton, and followed his trade for some time in Christchurch. He afterwards became a licensed victualler, and was well known in that capacity as the proprietor of the first City Hotel. His name was subsequently connected with other commercial undertakings until 1890, when, on account of failing health, he visited England. Mr. Ruddenklau died in 1891, seven months after his return to New Zealand.