The Cyclopedia of New Zealand [Taranaki, Hawke's Bay & Wellington Provincial Districts]
Captain John Mounsey
Captain John Mounsey, of the Palmerston North Rifles, first joined the corps as a private in 1893, and in the following year was made corporal. In 1895 he was elected sergeant, and soon afterwards rose to his present rank. He has always taken a keen interest in local volunteering, was the promoter, in 1904, of the Manawatu Rifle Association, of which he is now secretary, and is chairman and secretary of the Drill Hall and Range Trustees. Mr. Mounsey was born at Grange-over-Sands, North Lancashire, England, page 667 in September, 1871, and in the year 1883 came to New Zealand. For eighteen years he was employed as a general store assistant successively in Onehunga, Whangaroa, North Auckland, and Palmerston North. In the year 1901 he started business on his own account as an auctioneer and commission agent in the Square, the premises being removed in 1902 to a site at the corner of Rangitikei Street and Queen Street. Two auction sales are held weekly, also private sales, and three persons are employed. Mr. Mounsey takes a keen interest in the public and social matters of the town and district, and is a member of the Agricultural and Pastoral Association and the Jockey Club.