The Cyclopedia of New Zealand [Taranaki, Hawke's Bay & Wellington Provincial Districts]
Mr. J. Vigor Brown
Mr. J. Vigor Brown, Chairman of the Napier Harbour Board, is a Scotchman by birth, and was educated at the Church of England Grammar School, Melbourne, Australia. Mr. Brown was afterwards apprenticed to Messrs Sargood, King and Sargood, in Melbourne, now (1906) the well-known firm of Sargood, Son and Ewen. He came to New Zealand in the year 1875, and was engaged by Messrs A. P. Stewart and Co., of Wellington, for whom he travelled for two years. In 1877 he accepted the appointment of manager of Messrs Archibald Clark and Sons' Napier branch, which position he held for twenty years, and much of that firm's success was due to his energy and' tact. In May, 1898 Mr. Brown resigned his position with Messrs Clark and Sons to undertake the management of the extensive business of Messrs Neal and Close. He is also managing director of the White Swan Brewery Company, and of the firm of J. Vigor Brown and Co., and is local agent for the United and Phoenix Fire Insurance Companies. Mr. Brown was first elected to the Napier Harbour Board in 1898, and has also served as a member of the Borough Council, and was a member of the council of the Free Trade Association. He is a member of the Board of Governors of the Napier Boys' and Girls' High Schools, is chairman of the Cemetery Trustees, was for three years president of the Napier Chamber of Commerce, is president of the Caledonian Society, a director of the Napier Park Recreation Company, chairman of the Napier Land, Building and Investment Society, and a director of the Napier Gas Company. He is also commodore of the Napier Sailing Club, and vice-president and treasurer of the Napier Park Racing Club.