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Past and Present, and Men of the Times.

[H. J. Freeman]

I must speak of a few friends who have done mo good service since I have been in Wellington. One is Mr. H. J. Freeman, watchmaker, of Manners Street, Wellington, a most energetic and persevering man, whom I have known for some years. He was born in the town of Cambridge, and brought up in London. On 2nd December, 1852, he sailed for Australia and landed in Melbourne on 3rd May, 1853. After spendng ten years in Victoria he left for Dunedin in 1863, returned to Melbourne November, 1864, arrived in Wellington, 1866, was employed by Mr. Charles Campbell, watchmaker, in whose employ he remained until Mr. Campbell retired in December, 1877, when he took over the lease of the premises, and has carried on the business successfully since that date. He is still in business and doing very well, and deserves great credit for his energy and perseverance.