Burial register ID: 8739
Surname: GREGG
First name: WILLIAM
Middle names:
Gender: Male
Age: 65 Years
Cause of death: Unknown
Burial type:
Date of death: 09-May-1901
Date of burial: 11-May-1901

Block: 112
Plot: 13

In Loving Memory Of William Gregg

died 9 May 1901

In Memoriam Arthur Lovell Gregg

died 12 August 1903, 21 years 6 months;


Eleanor Rosetta Gregg died 4 November 1916

Peace Perfect Peace

“Blessed are the pure in heart”


his wife Eleanor Rosette

“To Live in the Hearts we leave behind is not to Die”

Eleanor Grace Gregg died 2 April 1932

Our Lily and Alice

Bio contributor: Historic Cemeteries Conservation Trust

William Gregg (1836-1901)

William Gregg was a flamboyant merchant-adventurer who founded what became one of Dunedin’s best-known firms. He was born in Ballymena in County Antrim in Ulster (the source of many of New Zealand’s Ulster immigrants), the son of a farmer, and emigrated at an early age to Victoria where he established himself as a coffee and spice maker in gold-rush Ballarat.

He arrived in Dunedin in 1862, setting up a shop in Moray Place and later in Princes Street (not far from where mailman ‘Jock’ or ‘Redcoat’ Graham used to address gold miners scrambling up from the pier on the best route to the gold fields).

During the 1880s Gregg established a manufacturing venture in Pelichet Bay and eventually shifted his whole enterprise to Forth Street. Sloppy accounting and speculation in shares of the short-lived gold companies of Otago’s first gold-dredging boom bankrupted Gregg in 1894. He had, it was said, ‘too many irons in the fire’ – buying land throughout New Zealand, running a chicory farm, manufacturing starch, wax vestas, and sulphates at Pelichet Bay. Assisted by his wife’s independent wealth, Gregg survived and in 1897 his firm was incorporated with Gregg as managing director.


There are 6 Interments in this grave:

Surname First names Age Date of death Date of burial
GREGG ALICE CLARA 14 Years 12-Sep-1892 14-Sep-1892
GREGG ARTHUR LOVELL 21 Years 13-Aug-1903 15-Aug-1903
GREGG ELEANOR GRACE 64 Years 02-Apr-1932 04-Apr-1932
GREGG ELEANOR ROSETTA 74 Years 04-Nov-1916 07-Nov-1916
GREGG LILY KATHLEEN 3 Years 06-Nov-1877 11-Nov-1877
GREGG WILLIAM 65 Years 09-May-1901 11-May-1901