Waihi Borough Council Diamond Jubilee Booklet 1902-1962
George D. G. Armour will be remembered in Waihi for his "Umbrella Shop," which was unique in the district. He was born in Gibraltar, joined the Navy and came to New Zealand in the early 1860's. After his marriage he settled in Tauranga and continued to follow a sea-faring life captaining boats, including those to Katikati. There were five children. In 1896 the family moved to Waihi, where Mr Armour already worked as a fireman at the mine. His eldest son, George, became a miner and later a tool sharpender [sharpener – E], his last employment in Waihi being turn-cock for the Borough. He took a similar position in Papatoetoe in 1934.
Mr Armour has always taken a great interest in the life of Waihi. He continues his membership of the Masonic Lodge and Rotary, having played a prominent part in both. He is well known for his humorous recitations. During his travels, of which he had three round the world, he took numerous coloured photographs (including particularly beautiful views of Lake Michigan in the Fall of the Year, after attending a Rotary Convention in Lucerne, Switzerland).
Harry Armour's brother, Fred, is a retired postmaster living at Huntly. His sister, Nell (Mrs Gallie) is at present an inmate of the Waihi Hospital.