Past and Present, and Men of the Times.
Mr. John Forbes Orr
Mr. John Forbes Orr, the well-known proprietor of the Wellington City Buffet, was born at Kihhartihon, Scotland, in the year 1834. Came to the colonies in the year 1857 as cook of the s.s. Admilla. Joined McMeikan and Blackwood's employ, trading between Melbourne and New Zealand for a period of eight years. After continuing for another eight years on the coast of New Zealand, started the Waterloo Dining Rooms in Lambton Quay, Wellington, in the year 1873. Finding the rooms insufficient for the demand, and that a better class of house was required Mr. Orr had the magnificent building erected which now stands a credit to the city, under the name of the City Buffet Hotel. Mr. Orr is now 62 years of age, and, as will be seen by his portrait, wears well, which is quite in keeping with his catering, as the general public of Wellington can testify.