The Cyclopedia of New Zealand [Wellington Provincial District]
Henderson, John, Pilot to the Wellington Harbour Board, was born at Aberdeen, Scotland, on the 29th of October, 1852, and was educated at Peterhead. After leaving school he went to sea with his father, who was master of several vessels trading on the coast of Scotland. In 1880 he passed his examination for master, and made a number of trips to various parts of the world. The first vessel he was in charge of was the schooner “Minnie,” in which he sailed to Portugal and Rio Grande. In 1886 he came to New Zealand, per s.s. “Ionic,” landing in Auckland, and in 1888 joined the pilot service at the Heads. He was there until the service was shifted to the wharf, and now occupies the post of assistant pilot. He was married in 1881, and has a family of three boys and three girls. His wife accompanied him on some of his voyages, his first son being born at sea.
Mr. J. Henderson.
Hutt River, Near The Upper Hutt.