McPhee’s has been in Wellington for over 65 years. It was founded in 1946 by Neil McPhee who also started the NZ Police Pipe Band. There have only been five owners in this 60 year period. Neil McPhee handed over the reins firstly to Colin Addison, then Kevin Nelson, Janet & Terry Weir and more recently to Elaine and Alan (in 2002).
Elaine is of MacNaughton descent, with family members currently residing in Antrim and also in Dublin. Her father’s family all hail from Devon.
Alan’s father was Jimmy Cassidy, a Glaswegian from Blackhill who boxed for Scotland and was NZ Featherweight Champion in the 1960’s. Alan’s grandfather is mentioned (in alias) in Meg Henderson’s book "Finding Peggy". On his mother’s side he is a Macdonald from Dundee, his Great Grandfather fighting as a Seaforth Highlander in the Great War.
Elaine and Alan have always been interested in history, Alan favouring military history, and Elaine Economic and Social history. Alan has a B.A in History and Elaine a B.C.A from Victoria University.
Having a passion for history and a strong Celtic family heritage, ownership of McPhee’s is not a job but a way of life.
Please note we no longer have a physical shop. The stock is not displayed so you can not browse.
P.O. Box 17395, Karori, Wellington 6147, New Zealand
Tel: 64-4-476-0139 or Tel/Text: 64 21 587 315
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