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

Mr. William Plowman

Mr. William Plowman, formerly a member of the Napier Borough Council, is a partner in the well-known firm of W. Plowman and Sons, cordial manufacturers. He was born in Manchester, England, in the year 1850, and is the son of Mr. James Plowman, machine broker. He was educated in his native city, and apprenticed to Sir Joseph Whitworth and Company, Limited, engineers. On the completion of his time he went to London, where for two years he was engaged in the wax and tallow chandlery business. In 1871 he came to New Zealand by the ship “St. Leonards,” and on arrival in Napier was engaged in the aerated water factory of Mr. George Bowman. Three years later he entered the employment of Messrs H. C. Robjohns and Son, with whom he remained for eighteen years, rising to the position of brewer and manager. In 1894 he joined in the purchase of the business of Messrs Thomson, Gifford, and Company. Mr. Plowman is a Master Mason, and a member of Lodge Scinde. He married, in 1877, a daughter of Mr. Pond, of Falmouth, England, and has two sons.