Newspaper Article 1955 – Obituary – Mr WH Nelson


Mr. W.H. Nelson

The death has occurred at Laureston, Woodville, of Mr. William Henry Nelson, who was born at Arlington, Waipukurau in 1866.

He was the eldest son of the late Mr. William Nelson, “Waikoko”, Tomoana and was educated at Warwick College. For many years he was associated with the freezing industry. He was one of the original members of the Woodville County Council and chairman for about six years.

In 1901 he was national rifle champion and the following year went to Bisley with the New Zealand team, where they were successful in winning the Belgian Cup. For some years he was captain of the Woodville Rifle Volunteers.

He was on the board of Jas. J. Niven and Co., Ltd., for about 40 years and latterly chairman of directors. He was one of the principal movers in the expansion of the business from a small foundry to an extensive organisation throughout New Zealand. He was one of the original members of the N.Z. Industrial Gases and chairman of directors for some years.

He was a keen sheep breeder. He took a keen interest in the Anglican Church and local organisations, being a life member of the Woodville Bowling Club, Crippled Children Society, life member of the R.S.A. and a justice of the peace.

Mrs Nelson died in 1953, and he is survived by two daughters, Mrs H. P. Horne, Woodville and Mrs McLarty, Christchurch.

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Died 1 May 1955

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