The Plimmer Legacy
By Bee Dawson
Penguin Random House
Have you ever wondered who was behind the naming of the Plimmer Steps in Wellington? Or for that matter, Plimmer’s Ark, Plimmer House and Plimmerton? The story of the Plimmer family is beautifully told by one of New Zealand’s favourite social historians, Bee Dawson.
The book covers several generations of this influential family who arrived in New Zealand in 1841. John Plimmer, known as the ‘father of Wellington’ built many of the commercial buildings in the city. His sons followed him into the business world but it was his greatgrandson, Clifford Plimmer, who saw the future in farming and began to buy up farmland in the North Island. These farms are now managed by his son Warren, his wife Anne and their three children. With photographs from the private family collection the book weaves the tale, sometimes with very intimate looks at the day-to-day life of the individual family members, of a family who has made a huge mark on the history of New Zealand.