Burial register ID: 229
Surname: SPROSEN
First name: HARRY
Middle names: LIONEL
Gender: Male
Age: 83 Years
Cause of death: Unknown
Burial type:
Date of death: 08-Jul-1954
Date of burial: 10-Jul-1954

Block: 114
Plot: 19

Bio contributor: Derek Sprosen

Harry Lionel Sprosen, born in Milton, Otago, moved to Dunedin and became assistant to Bernard Isaac of the Octagon Drug Hall Ltd. Harry qualified as a chemist in 1892 (reputedly the yongest chemist in NZ) and purchased the business a year later. He was the first retailer od photographic goods in Dunedin.

H.L.Sprosen Ltd became a well Known chemist shop at 1 George Street on the north east corner of the Octagon and for over fifty years was known as Sprosen’s corner. In the late 1950s the shop was sold to his manager, but the pharmacy retained the name Sprosen till the 1970s when the orignal building was demolished.

Harry was a member of the Dunedin Ambulance corps (St John Ambulance) and was awarded a medal for over 50 years of service.

There are 4 Interments in this grave:

Surname First names Age Date of death Date of burial
BEST THOMAS 27 Years 17-Aug-1877 20-Aug-1877
SPROSEN ANNIE AGNES 85 Years 13-Oct-1960 14-Oct-1960
SPROSEN HARRY LIONEL 83 Years 08-Jul-1954 10-Jul-1954
THOMPSON ANNIE REBECCA 82 Years 29-Aug-1931 30-Aug-1931