On 22 June 2008 His ExcellencyÂ The Honourable Anand Satyanand, Governor-General of New Zealand unveiledÂ a Commemorative Plaque to the Union Steam Ship Company of New Zealand at the Holy Trinity Cathedral, Parnell, Auckland.Â Â Above the plaque are the bell from the last ship built for theÂ Company UNION ROTOITI and the amoralÂ Â bearings of the Company which were on display in the Auckland office.
Many of our members were present at the service.
For more than 125 year the Company providedÂ links with Australia, Asia, North America, Pacific Islands and even ventured into services to Europe at one stage.Â
Formed in Dunedin in 1875 theÂ Company was New Zealand’s biggest private employer with more than 7000 staff. It ownedÂ 70 ships, an airline and interests in other ancilllary transport andÂ tourist organisations.Â Â