The Cyclopedia of New Zealand [Otago & Southland Provincial Districts]
Late Consuls — Mr. William Godfrey Neill
Mr. William Godfrey Neill , sometime Consul in Otago for the United States of America and the Hawaiian Islands, was born and educated in Belfast, Ireland, was the fifth son of the late Mr. Robert Neill, merchant, of that city, and arrived in Victoria in 1866. After a few months in that colony, he joined his brother, Mr. P. C. Neill, in Dunedin, and was with his firm, McCallum, Neill and Co., for several years. Having thus gained a knowedge of mercantile life, he entered into business as a general merchant in 1877, and became well known in that capacity. He was appointed consul for the United States and the Hawaiian Islands in 1895. Mr. Neill was married in 1875 to a daughter of the late Sir Francis Murphy, of Melbourne, and had three sons and two daughter. He was killed in a coach accident, near Roxburgh, on the 16th of April, 1900.
The Late Mr. W. G. Neill.