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FISHER, Sir Woolf
A new biography of Fisher, Woolf appears in the Dictionary of New Zealand Biography on this site.
Woolf Fisher was born at Wellington on 20 May 1912 and educated at Mount Albert Grammar School, Auckland. In 1934 he became co-founder of Fisher and Paykel Ltd. and is now managing director. He led a New Zealand Trade Mission to Australia in 1959 and in June 1960 became chairman of the New Zealand Steel Investigating Co. Ltd. In the same year he established an £80,000 Woolf Fisher Trust to endow travelling fellowships for post-primary teachers. He was a keen supporter of Lord Cobham'sOutward Bound Movement and became first president of the trust when it was set up in April 1961. In 1963 he was appointed to the Trade Promotion Council. Besides these interests Woolf Fisher is a director of the New Zealand Insurance Co. Ltd; a council member of the Auckland Chamber of Commerce; a committee member of the Auckland Racing Club; president of the Auckland Polo Club; trustee of the Institute of Economic Research; and a member of the Auckland Rotary Club. He also owns the Ra Ora Stud at East Tamaki. He was knighted in January 1964.