The Plim­mer Legacy

By Bee Daw­son

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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.

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