The Cyclopedia of New Zealand [Nelson, Marlborough & Westland Provincial Districts]
Mr. W. B. Girling
Mr. W. B. Girling was born at Brentwood, Essex, England, and was educated at a private school in London, where he was apprenticed to Howitt and Co. He came to New Zealand in 1872, landed at Nelson, and engaged with Wymond and Co., drapers and clothiers, but did not stay long with the firm before he decided to establish the business of W. B. Girling and Co., in which he met with a large measure of success. Mr. Girling died on the 20th of March, 1898; aged sixty-five years.
The late Mr. W. B. Girling.