Tuesday, 11 October 2016

Henry Martin Arthur Palliser Heywood (1866-1949) – NZ Businessman

Henry Martin Arthur Palliser Heywood was a grandson of David Ivall (1795-1850), a successful coachmaker in London. David's daughter Emma Ivall (1835-1886) married Joseph Martin Heywood (1832-1904) and emigrated to New Zealand. Henry was the sixth of their eight children (5 girls and 3 boys). He was born on April 20th 1866 in Avonside, Christchurch, New Zealand. Joseph developed a successful business as a merchant and shipping agent in Christchurch (see the item about Emma Heywood nee Ivall on this blog).

After he completed his schooling, Henry got a job in 1887 working as a clerk for the Treasury Department of the New Zealand government in Wellington. He married Lilian Lee on December 18th 1895 in Wellington, New Zealand. He was aged 29, she was 24. They later had five children: Nola (1898-1935), Arthur Lee (1902-79), Ivall Cora (1904-79), Robert Warwick (1906-96) and Barbara Lilian (1911-67).

In 1896, Henry became a sheep and dairy farmer near Pahiatua, a small town 160 km NE of Wellington. In 1903 he bought part ownership of the Colonial Carrying Company in Wellington, becoming its sole owner in 1910.

Henry was one of the 22 nephews and nieces of his uncle David James Ivall (1830-73) who each received about £500 from his estate in 1909, following the death of David's wife in 1907. This was a substantial sum then, equivalent to about £163,000 now.

In 1935 Henry purchased the Wellington business of the N.Z. Express Company. More information about Henry’s business career is given in the item below.
Item from New Zealand Who's Who

Henry died on November 10th 1949 aged 84 and was cremated at Karori Cemetery, Wellington.
Plaque in Karori Cemetery

Henry's wife Lilian died in 1959 aged 88.

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