THE FIRE BRIGADE, Stratford, is a well-organised and smart
body of men, of whom Mr R.H Kivell is officer in command.
Mr R.H. KIVELL, Captain of the Stratford Volunteer Fire Brigade,
is a son of the late Mr J. Kivell, a well-known Colonist and
was born and educated in New Plymouth. He was brought up to
farming and was for some time with Mr. H. R. Hulke, of Bell
Block. Afterwards he learnt his trade as a saddler under Mr.
Cunningham, with whom he remained four years and later was
in the employ of Mr. Henderson, of Hawera. Returning to New
Plymouth in 1889 he worked for Mr Harris Ford and opened the
Stratford branch of his business some three years later, of
which he has since continued in charge. Mr. Kivell has always
taken an active part in all matters connected with fire brigades
and has filled his present position for several years, doing
much to place the brigade in its existing flourishing condition.
He has been a prominent athlete and represented the district
in the football field against England in 1886, and holds the
position of handicapper for the Taranaki District for athletic
sports. As a member of the Foresters, Mr. Kivell has held
office as P.D.C.R., and was instrumental in forming Court
Egmont in Hawera. He has been secretary to the local lodge
for the past four years.
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