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

Mr. William Wilkie

page 412

Mr. William Wilkie, for many years postmaster at the Spit, was born in Invergowrie, near Dundee, Scotland, in the year 1840. He is the son of the late Mr. William Wilkie, builder and stone quarry owner, was educated at the National schools and at Grigg's Academy, Perth, and was apprenticed to the sea. In 1862 he was on the coasting schooner “Geelong,” trading between Lyttelton and Dunedin. Mr. Wilkie joined the survey department of the Otago Provincial Government, and was one of the first party to traverse the almost impassable country between Queenstown and Martin's Bay in 1865. He next joined the post and telegraph department, was stationed at Roxburgh and Naseby, and lastly appointed to the Spit in 1871. In 1906 he resigned from the public service. Mr. Wilkie is a past master of the Masonic Lodge Victoria, and a past grand of the Manchester Unity of Oddfellows. He married a daughter of the Mr. T. B. Harding, of Napier, and has one daughter and seven sons.