The Cyclopedia of New Zealand [Taranaki, Hawke's Bay & Wellington Provincial Districts]
Mr. John Holmes Dean
Mr. John Holmes Dean, Resident Agent of the New Zealand Government Life Insurance Department at Napier, was born in Brampton, Canada, in the year 1856, and is the eldest son of the Rev. W. J. Dean, then a missionary amongst the pioneer settlers and North American Indians, but afterwards of Wellington. He was educated in Auckland at the Wesley College, and Mr. Farquhar Macrae's High School, and later at the Wellington College, passed the junior and senior civil service examinations, and entered the Government Stores Department in Wellington. A few months later he entered the Life Insurance Department, under Mr. Godfrey Knight, then actuary. Mr. Dean remained in Wellington until 1892, having risen to the position of assistant accountant, was then promoted to his present position, and has had the satisfaction of seeing the business of his district increase very largely. In social, and especially in musical matters, Mr. Dean has taken an active interest for many years. Prior to leaving Wellington, he acted as organist at one of the churches for over twelve years, and has occasionally played at St. Paul's, Napier. He is one of the managers of the Presbyterian Church, and he established the Napier branch of the St. John's Ambulance Association. As a member of the Napier bowling clubs he ranks among the champion fours, and has represented the clubs at various tournaments in New Zealand. He married the daughter of the late Rev. J. D. Whittaker, of Wellington, in 1881, and has two daughters.