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The Cyclopedia of New Zealand [Taranaki, Hawke's Bay & Wellington Provincial Districts]

Mr. E. W. Knowles

Mr. E. W. Knowles, the Proprietor of the “Daily Telegraph, comes of an old English family settled for many, generations in Kent. He was born in the year 1833, at Maidstone, Kent, England, where he was educated. Deciding to try his fortunes in a new country, he left England for New Zealand, landed in Auckland early in 1856, and commenced business in that city. In the following year he proceeded to Hawke's Bay, and from then till 1886 carried on in Napier a wine and spirit business. This he relinquished in the latter year, and he has since given his whole attention to the management of the “Daily Telegraph.” Mr. Knowles is an excellent and active business man, and his beautiful home and grounds on the hill overlooking the town and bay are well-known in the district. He has been connected with the Napier Gas Company from its inception, and was for some years its chairman; has been chairman of directors of the North British and Hawke's Bay Freezing Company, Limited, for about fifteen years; is a member of the Chamber of Commerce, and is one of the directors of the Permanent Building Society. He married a daughter of the late Dr. J. J. Brown, of London, England, and has, surviving, one daughter, who is married to Mr. J. A. Macfarlane, manager of the Maraekakaho station and proprietor of “Ben Lomond” sheep run. Mr. Knowles is largely interested in sheep-farming, and is part owner of Waikareao station at Te Aute.