Portrait of Sir Charles Norwood, Mayor
Dargie, William Date
1953 See full details
Charles Norwood was born in Queensland, Australia in 1871 and moved to New Zealand in his mid-twenties. A successful businessman, Norwood founded Dominion Motors and was the New Zealand agent for Morris cars. He was elected as mayor of Wellington in 1925.
Norwood is also remembered as the founder of the Wellington Free Ambulance. During his mayoralty, he witnessed a car accident on Lambton Quay where, while comforting the victim, he had difficulty arranging an ambulance. As a result, he resolved to start up the Wellington Free Ambulance - having seen a similar service operating in Australia.
Charles Norwood was knighted in 1937. The Lady Norwood Rose Garden is named after his wife.
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