William Ramsay (William Ramsay)

William Ramsay

Inventor, Manufacturer. In 1906 this native Australian invented Kiwi Boot Polish. “Kiwi”, the national bird of New Zealand was chosen as the brand name to honor his New Zealander wife, Ann Elizabeth Meek Ramsay. He began his business by loading his horsedrawn wagon with his polish and selling it door to door to farmers throughout the area. During World War I his polish became popular with both British and American soldiers. The demand they created has today made Kiwi the world’s best-selling shoe polish.  (bio by: Bigwoo)  Family links:  Parents:  John Ramsay (1841 – 1924)  Margaret Thomson Ramsay (____ – 1896)  Siblings:  Thomas Meek Ramsay (____ – 1919)*  Jessie T. Ramsay (____ – 1910)*  Ellen Donaldson Ramsay (____ – 1943)*  William Ramsay (1868 – 1914)  John Ramsay (1872 – 1944)*  Hugh Ramsay (1877 – 1906)*  Harry Doughty Ramsay (1881 – 1929)* *Calculated relationship

Born

  • June, 06, 1868

Died

  • September, 09, 1914

Cemetery

  • Melbourne General Cemetery
  • Victoria
  • Australia

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