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William Ramsay

  • Birth 6 Jun 1868 Glasgow, Glasgow City, Scotland
  • Death 4 Sep 1914 Essendon, Moonee Valley City, Victoria, Australia
  • Burial Carlton, Melbourne City, Victoria, Australia
  • Memorial ID 11223742

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.

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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Originally Created by: Bigwoo
  • Added: 23 Jun 2005
  • Find A Grave Memorial 11223742
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for William Ramsay (6 Jun 1868–4 Sep 1914), Find A Grave Memorial no. 11223742, citing Melbourne General Cemetery, Carlton, Melbourne City, Victoria, Australia ; Maintained by Find A Grave .