Mr. William Cottier,
who was a member of the New Plymouth Borough Council for several years, was born in the Isle of Man in 1811, and went with his parents, in 1852, in the barque “Tancred,” to Australia, where he spent the early part of his life on the goldfields. For some time Mr. Gottier was trading in a small vessel in and about Victoria. In 1863 he was attracted to New Zealand by the Dunstan goldfields in Otago, and was the first to apply for a patent for improvements in certain mining machinery. During the same year, he removed to Taranaki, served throughout the war with the military settlers, and received eighty acres of land for his services. On the corps disbanding, he decided to
A Pioneer's Hut.
settle in Taranaki, and for several years conducted the canteens south and north of the town. He then commenced hotel-keeping, and conducted the Taranaki Hotel until 1872, when he took over the Masonic Hotel, and ten years later entered into possession of the Criterion Hotel, which he carried on successfully for fifteen years. He leased the “Criterion” in 1897, and afterwards lived in retirement at “Mona,” on the Carrington Road.
The Late Mr. W. Cottier.
Mr. Cottier always took a lively interest in all matters beneficial to the province of Taranaki. He was for many years a director of the New Plymouth Investment Society, and was one of the promoters of the gas company. Mr. Cottier was married, and had eight children, who became known in musical circles as talented performers. He died suddenly, at New Plymouth, on the 13th of December, 1905.