a man and his dog
on a walk through eternity

John Plimmer and Fritz

John Plimmer

I am always touched by this lovely bronze sculpture of John Plimmer and his dog, Fritz, at the foot of the Plimmer Steps in Wellington.  John Plimmer (1812–1905) has been called the Father of Wellington. In the course of a long life he was a builder, businessman and civic leader. He was a member of the Wellington Provincial Council from 1856 to 1857, the first Wellington Town Board (1863) and was on the Wellington City Council from 1870 to 1871.  The bronze sculpture is based on a photograph of John Plimmer taken around 1900. Architect Tom Tischler used it to make a maquette, which in turn was used by sculptor Ross Wilson, together with Judy Alexander and model-maker Alex Kennedy to make the bronze.