CYCLOPEDIA OF NZ 1897
GILBERT, Harry de Vallenger
Mr. Harry de Vallenger Gilbert, Passenger Clerk of the Wellington Branch of the Union Steamship
Company, was born at Stonehouse, Gloucestershire, England, and after completing an educational
course at Croydon, Surrey, entered the counting house of Messrs. Ward, Sturt and Sharp,
warehousemen, Wood Street, London, where he served four years apprenticeship to mercantile
life. Coming to the colonies in the Blackwall liner Superb, Mr. Gilbert landed in
Melbourne in 1877, and after a few months stay in Victoria, came on to Wellington per s.s.
Claud Hamilton. Entering the employ of Messrs. Wilson and Richardson, importers, of
Lambton Quay, as accountant, Mr. Gilbert continued with the firm for ten years, being admitted to
a partnership. In 1889 Mr. Gilbert entered the service of the Union Steamship Company as
passenger clerk, which position he now holds.
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