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William Buss, 1850-1908

William Buss was born in Sellindge, Kent, and came to New Zealand with his sister on board the Roman Emperor which arrived 27 January 1960. He made his home at Rangiora on the Woodend Road.

In 1862 he established an auctioneering business, running a weekly Tuesday stock market. William was the first resident auctioneer in the district, and he carried on this business for 40 years. In 1864 he took Frederick Hepworth into partnership, which lasted four years.

William Buss was treasurer of the Northern A & P Society for 14 years from 1875-1899 and was secretary for 10 years. William Buss and John Macfarlane played a principal part in getting the A & P Show going again after it had suffered a temporary decline. He was presented with a gold watch and chain after the 1875 Show, in recognition of his efforts in getting the Show going again.

William Buss married Mary Elizabeth Smith on 24 April 1867 at St Johns, Rangiora. Mary was the youngest daughter of Howard Smith of ‘Tankerdale’, Rangiora.

In July 1867 Buss was elected to the Mandeville and Rangiora Road Board. The same year he bought out F M Rickman’s auctioneering business in Rangiora. When the North Canterbury Gazette ceased publication in May 1876, Buss bought the plant and goodwill for £80. He started publishing a bi-weekly paper called the North Canterbury Standard from this office a week after his purchase.

In February 1878 Matson and Company offered to buy Buss’s business. He agreed to the offer, and continued to sell for the new firm until they went out of business in September 1886.

William Buss joined the Loan Company in December 1892. In March 1893 The North Canterbury Saleyards Co. opened public saleyards in opposition to the Loan Company. The Loan Company collapsed soon after and Buss started auctioneering on his own account again in January 1894. After 40 years of continuous auctioneering, he finally sold this business to the North Canterbury Co-op Stores.

William Buss was a supporter of the Church of England, and was always willing to help those in trouble.

William Buss died on 15 October 1908, aged 68.

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William Buss


First Names:William
Last Name:Buss
Place of Birth:Sellindge, Kent, England