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The Cyclopedia of New Zealand [Wellington Provincial District]

Mr. George Dixon

Mr. George Dixon, the well-known Aerated Water and Cordial Manufacturer, lost his life at sea from the s.s. “Taiaroa,” during a severe gale in June, 1883, while on his return from a business tour in Auckland, at the early age of thirty-five. Born in Sheffield in 1818, he accompanied his father, the late Mr. Edward Dixon, to Wellington when about five years old. The successful business—now conducted by Mr. George Dixon's widow—was founded, as described on page 611, by Mr. Edward Dixon immediately on his arrival in the Colony. For a number of years the subject of Mr. George Dixon this notice was his father's principal assistant, helping greatly by his energy and industry to build up the business until it became prominent throughout New Zealand. In 1875 Mr. Dixon commenced business on his own account at Thorndon, but in the year following he purchased his father's business. He conducted a growing trade with remarkable energy and success, and by his genial disposition and straightforward character gained the esteem of all those with whom he came in contact. In the welfare of the Oddfellows Society, M.U., Mr. Dixon took a great interest, filling various offices in the Loyal Britannia Lodge with credit to himself, and with advantage to the order. By his zeal, earnestness and urbanity of deportment, he won the respect of his fellow officers and the brethren of the order. He had the honour—as Provincial Grand Master—of welcoming His Excellency Sir William Jervois on his arrival as Governor of New Zealand in 1883. For some years Mr. Dixon was a member of the Pacific Lodge of the masonic fraternity. With unusual kindliness of heart, he was a good friend to many in time of need, who sincerely mourned his early death.