Gallagher to erect statue in Hamilton celebrating 75 years
Gallagher Group to erect statue in Hamilton celebrating 75 years
This year the Gallagher Group celebrates its 75th anniversary. As part of their celebrations, on Sunday 10 March 2013, the Gallagher Group will be gifting the people of Hamilton a life-size bronze statue of the city’s name sake Captain John Fane Charles Hamilton.
Says Sir William Gallagher, ‘This gift to the city celebrates our 75th birthday — 75 years of commitment to this city of Hamilton by the Gallagher organisation. How very apt that a statue of Captain Hamilton should now stand proudly in the city that was named after him’
The life-size statue by bronze artist Margriet Windhousen depicts Captain Hamilton in his Naval Officers uniform and will be erected in Civic Square, Hamilton city.
Margaret Comer, the corporate services executive of Gallagher group, commissioned the statue. ‘I was asked by Sir William and John Gallagher to find a project to signify our 75th birthday that we could celebrate with the city. Captain Hamilton just made good sense and Sir William agreed. MESH a local art group project managed this through the policy challenges of Hamilton City Council, and so it began.’
Sir William Gallagher will also be sharing the Gallagher story in his new book Legend which published on 1 March 2013.
Warmly and engagingly written by Paul Goldsmith, this is the story of a New Zealand ‘legend’, a hungry, dedicated, energetic and innovative philanthropist with a vision of growth and a relentless quest to dominate the international market.
Legend reveals Sir William’s strategies for management, leadership, export growth and R&D investment. It vividly details how his Kiwi can-do attitude transformed the company into a global success. Resourceful and generous, he has overcome many obstacles over the years and is a hugely likeable and popular figure; his blend of toughness in business and humility in everyday life is a winning combination.
Gallaghers, the world's leading manufacturer of electric fencing, originated in a Hamilton shed in the late 1930s. Its electric fence design helped to transform New Zealand farming and turned Gallaghers into an export company with annual revenues approaching $200 million, and a well-established reputation in the areas of animal management, security and fuel pumps.
Today Gallagher employs 600 staff in New Zealand
and distributes its animal containment and security products
worldwide. While Sir William — the energetic chief
executive and chairman of Gallagher Group — loves
travelling the globe, he has remained anchored to his home
town and supports local sports teams, charities and the
community — Gallagher are the largest private employer in
Hamilton — and Sir William is proud that he has kept the
business privately owned.