The Cyclopedia of New Zealand [Nelson, Marlborough & Westland Provincial Districts]
Mr. William Douslin
Mr. William Douslin was Mayor of Blenheim for the year 1887, and had previously served as a borough councillor. He was an architect by profession, and a man of considerable inventive genius. Mr. Douslin came to New Zealand from Tasmania at the time of the Wakamarina rush, and settled for a time at Havelock. He afterwards practised his profession in Blenheim, where he designed many of the important buildings of the town. Mr. Douslin is now (1905) chief designer and architect for the Rhodesia Chartered Company, in South Africa.