The Cyclopedia of New Zealand [Canterbury Provincial District]
Mr. George Bonnington
Mr. George Bonnington, who was a Member of the Christchurch City Council for six years for South-east Ward, arrived in New Zealand from Sydney, where he was trained as a chemist. In 1872 he began a large business as manufacturing chemist and druggist in High Street, Christchurch. Mr. Bonnington was one of the earliest members of the Pharmaceutical Society of New Zealand, and attended the conference of members from all parts of the Colony held in Wellington on its inauguration, when the rules and laws for the society were formed. Afterwards he became secretary and treasurer of the society, which offices he held until that body had succeeded in promoting the passing of the Pharmacy Act. The Pharmaceutical Society was superseded by the appointment of the Pharmacy Board, of which Mr. Bonnington at once became a member. He held office on that body from its establishment until the headquarters were transferred to Dunedin. Soon after this time he was re-elected a member for Christchurch upon the new board, which has its headquarters in Wellington. Mr. Bonnington on several occasions assisted in the conduct of examinations held under the authority of the Pharmacy Board. Some years ago, when the conferences of the Pharmaceutical bodies of Australasia were held in Melbourne, Mr. Bonnington attended as a delegate from the South Island of New Zealand. He died on the 18th of December, 1901, leaving a widow, seven sons and two daughters.
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Mr. G. Bonnington.