Mr. J. Leslie,
Manager at Islington of the Christchurch Meat Company's freezing works, was born in the county of London-derry, Ireland, and came to New Zealand by the ship “Waitangi” in 1876. After his arrival he was employed for about nine months with Mr. J. Sharp, a leading farmer at Landbrooks. He was with Mr. Thorne and afterwards with Mr. Freeman, fellmongers, at Woolston, for about two years, when he entered the service of the Prevision and Produce Company, at Belfast, where he remained until he joined the staff of the Christchurch Meat Company in 1889. Mr. Leslie entered the Company's service as a foreman, but his energy and practical knowledge led to his receiving promotion to his present important and responsible position, in 1894. In 1900 Mr. Leslie took a trip Home, where he visited all the
principal centres of the frozen meat industry, and returned by way of America, where he visited the large slaughter yards at Chicago. He is a member of the Hornby school committee, and also a Freemason, and has been a member of the Order of Oddfellows for upwards of twenty-five years.