Viggo Wilhelm MOLLER
- Born: 28 Aug 1864, Skørring, , Århus Amt, Denmark
- Christened: 21 Oct 1864, Skørring, , Århus Amt, Denmark
- Marriage: Helene Dorothea JEPSEN on 3 Aug 1891
- Died: 22 May 1957, Eltham, Taranaki, New Zealand. at age 92
Trained Gymnast. Emigrated to New Zealand in 1885. First worked as a bushman at Forty Mile Bush, Drove Opunake to Hawera coach, Drove timber wagons at Makaka where he had a farm which he sold 14th Jan 1902. From the proceeds he bought Bradford's Carrying business at Kaponga which he operated until 1912. The wagons were large and not refrigerated which meant that he had to leave Opunake for Kaponga after sundown with dairy produce to reach the refrigerated railway wagons before sunrise. He kept 40 horses which he liked to colour match in teams of six. One was a champion Clydesdale stallion called Dominion purchased 11/10/1912. He sold the carrying business and moved to a farm at Otakeho on July 10th,1912.
Alexander Turnbull Library
Business run in Kaponga by Moller. Moller advertised his carrying business for sale in Nov 1911 and sold it in 1912, leaving Kaponga in July 1912 to farm at Otakeko. Information transcribed from back of file print of negative 1/2-125777.
Record Title : Horse drawn cart of Moller's Carrying Company with the businesses of S Lissamen and G Death in the background, Victoria Street, Kaponga Reference Number : 1/2-125777-F Display Dates : ca 1911 Quantity : 1 b&w original negative(s) Scope & Contents : The horse drawn cart of Moller's Carrying Company on Victoria Street, Kaponga circa 1911. The cart is loaded with items. In the background are the businesses of S Lissaman and G Death. Restrictions : Unrestricted File Print : File print available in Pictorial Reference Service (2. Eltham Co. Kaponga. Businesses. Moller's Carrying Co. ca 1911 ; PFP-001683) Collection Status : COLLECTION Issue Status : Issuable ITEM Digital Copy : Digital copy available Names : Moller's Carrying Co (Subject)
S Lissamen (Firm) (as a related subject)
G Death (Firm) (as a related subject)
Wayfaring on Eltham Road
We conclude with some impressions of the wayfarers whose daily traffic through the Kaponga district tested the work of the builders and maintainers of Eltham Road. Prominent among them was Danish immigrant 'Bill' Moller,* who in January 1902 sold his farm at Makaka and bought out the Kaponga carrying business of George Bradford,54 becoming a prominent Eltham Road carrier. Moller was an athletic man, over six foot tall, with a great love of horses and facility in handling them. The daily carriage of Opunake's dairy produce on the long haul to the railway at Eltham became the bedrock of his business. Since the butter could not be transported in the heat of the day, the wagons left Opunake at sunset for Kaponga, where they stood overnight and before dawn were taken on to Eltham station. Because of their size they were facetiously treated as ships by the railway workers, who chalked on their sides such graffiti as 'The S.S. Takapuna will sail this day'. In the daylight hours the wagons were available for all kinds of less perishable freight. They were hauled by six-horse teams harnessed three abreast and Moller took great pride in having each team well matched in colour and size. Throughout his 10-year ownership of this business he made his home in Kaponga. Over these years there were never fewer than three of his children attending Kaponga School, and each year he provided one
of his big wagons free of charge to take a load of children in well-decked splendour to the school picnic.55
While Moller made a specialty of the long Opunake-Eltham haul there were other carriers meeting the needs of the various centres along the road. In his tramway report of 1907 Black estimated the annual traffic on the Eltham Road at 13,750 tons, which he broke down as follows:
Tons per annum
Eltham to and from Opunake 4250
Eltham to and from Auroa Rd 3000
Eltham to and from Kaponga 4000
Eltham to and from Mangatoki 2500
Clearly most of this traffic was either servicing or passing through Kaponga, the major node on the route. Its daily movements went on largely unreported unless they met with mishaps. We take up two of these connected with Kaponga's dairy industry. One day in January 1904 the daily output of the Mangatoki Co-op's Kaponga creamery came to grief, giving rise to this news item:
The place where the Kaponga waggon capsized is easily found. If the wind is in the right direction the perfume of the rotten cream is discernible a hundred yards away. Even the bicycles shy clear at the odour. Hundreds of minahs have a daily feast of the unusual tucker. But Oh! that smell.
Noted events in his life were:
• Resided, 11 Nov 1905, Kaponga, Taranaki, New Zealand.
Viggo married Helene Dorothea JEPSEN, daughter of Mathias JEPPESEN and Tore Kirstine LASSEN, on 3 Aug 1891. (Helene Dorothea JEPSEN was born on 11 Feb 1867 in Isle Of Aals, Sønderborg, , Sønderjyllands Amt, Denmark, died on 7 Dec 1947 in Eltham, Taranaki, New Zealand. and was buried in Section Anglican, Plot 22, Eltham Cemetery, Eltham, Taranaki, New Zealand..)
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