Father of Wellington

The pretext of this story is based around John Plimmer and whether the self designated title of “Father of Wellington” was appropriate.

There have been a number of suggestions over the years that this was not, so we will investigate whether what he achieved in the very early stages of the development of Wellington warrants this title.

The purchase of the ‘Inconstant’ by him and its subsequent uncovering are obviously a very important aspect of this story and will encompass quite a large segment of it.

The other main areas we will be concentrating on are his involvement in local and provincial politics, his co-founding of the Wellington Chamber of Commerce and his part in the construction and operation of the Wellington and Manawatu Railway Company.