PIPER John Edward

Name John Edward PIPER
Country Of Origin England
Born 1849
Died 1915
Birth/ Baptism Born 12 February 1849, Lee, Kent, England
Parents Edward (watchmaker) Piper
Apprenticeship With his father
Skills Watchmaker, Jeweller
Work Locations Launceston
Street Address
78 Brisbane Street, Launceston
Elizabeth Street, Launceston
104 Charles Street, Launceston
St John Street, Launceston
6 The Quadrant, Launceston
Marriage/Spouse 2 October 1873, St Martin in the Fields, Middlesex, to widow Martha Sherwood (formerly Williams).

1881, New Zealand, to Jane Wilkinson.

Arrival By 1884
Other 1861: Recorded as a 12-year-old watchmaker with his 46-year-old father, also a watchmaker, London.
1871: 22-year-old watchmaker, London.

Early 1880s: Emigrated to New Zealand with his brother, William Piper, employed by manufacturing jewellers and watchmakers, B. Peterson and Co. (later Kohn Bros.).
John and William made the first electric clock in New Zealand. William stayed in New Zealand, where he worked as a watchmaker for many years in Wellington.

1884: John opened a watchmaking and jewellery business in Launceston.
(see Pipers Jewellers).

Early 1890s: Employee, John Harry Foat.
Late 1890s: John, Jane, and son Norman moved to South Africa where they undertook watchmaking and badge making for the Boer War troops. After the war, they returned to Launceston and resumed business in The Quadrant.

Death 2 March 1915, at his residence, 6 The Quadrant, Launceston
Tasmania Post Office Directory (Wise) 1890-1894.
Piper family archives, Anne Laing to Graham Mulligan, email December 2018, January 2019.
Web: Ancestry: England, Births & Christenings Kent 1839; England Census 1861, 1871; Westminster, London, England Marriage 1873; New Zealand Marriage 1881.
North West Post 11 May 1895 [J H Foat]; The Examiner (Launceston) 3 March 1915; Daily Telegraph 21 July 1884; Papers Past New Zealand: Press 9 September 1930; Evening Post 4 September 1930.