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"Say Hello to Mister Plimmer and his Dog" Top 5 Page for this destination Lambton Quay & Downtown Tip by Kakapo2

Lambton Quay & Downtown, Wellington: 7 reviews and 12 photos

  John Plimmer, his dog Fitz and John A.
by Kakapo2

This is one of the most charming sculptures I have ever seen. It shows the pioneer John Plimmer and his dog Fitz. It stands at the bottom of the Plimmer Steps which lead down from Boulcott Street to Lambton Quay. Take care not to run into the two as the statue stands in the middle of the lane.

Down there – at the corner of Lambton Quay and Willis Street - John Plimmer lived and operated a lime and brick works, then called Clay Point. He lived from 1812 to 1905. His grave is in Bolton Street Memorial Park.

John Plimmer was born in Shropshire, England, and arrived in Wellington aboard the ship Gertrude in 1841. As a carpenter and builder he quickly made a good living. First he built houses with material from his lime and brick works but after two major earthquakes he quickly learnt that this was not the way to go in this shaky place. So he went back to building wooden houses which was no problem as he originally had been a carpenter. He built and managed several hotels. Further he realised the importance of wharves in the growing town, and formed a company that built the railway between Wellington and the Manawatu. For his role in the planning he was honoured with the naming of the seaside town Plimmerton. In Boulcott Street Plimmer House is named after him.

Playing so many important roles, it was only natural that Charles Plimmer also became a civic leader. His first post was his election for the Provincial Council in 1857.

In his later years people gave him the inofficial title “Father of Wellington”.

Address: Lambton Quay
Directions: Downtown Wellington.

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Apr 16, 2008
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