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From The Early History of Wellington College,
by Frank M. Leckie
Whitcombe & Tombs Limited 1934

The first school of any consequence in Wellington which I can trace is that of Mr Finnimore. It flourished from about 1845 to 1868 and was situated in Willis Street to the south of the then Union Bank which was used subsequently as the site of the Albert Hotel [the Albert Hotel after being fifty years in existence was demolished in 1929 to make room for the Hotel St George which occupies the whole corner] Carved wooden effigies of old identities of Wellington were to be seen at the hotel until quite recently. In front of the school itself was a large clay house, which was erected after the big earthquake of 1848. There is a legend still current that all the pupils of Finnimore’s School wrote a particularly good, round hand. This is more than borne out by the letters I have received from some of these old boys. Mr Walter Armstrong of Greytown recently deceased, in an interesting letter of 4th June, 1931, about old school days, enclosed a list of boys who attended Mr Finnimore’s School from 1861 to 1867. The list is remarkable for the number of well-known Wellington names it contains, and for the number of boys who subsequently attended Wellington College. The following names are contained in the list:-

Allen, Wm.
Ames, H
Ames, J
Anderson, Allan
Anderson, Jack
Archer, J
Armstrong, Clem
Armstrong, Ralph
Armstrong, Walter
Ashdown, G
Barry, Jumbo
Barry, R
Bell, C
Berry C
Brown, Adolph
Brown, Charley
Brown, Jim
Brown, Tom
Calder, H.
Calder, J.
Campbell, Wm.
Carey, -
Caughtey, J
Chavanne, Charlie
Churchill, J.
Churchill, R.
Cook, Harry
Cording, C
Cotter, Tom
Currie, -
Currie, -
Curten, Wm
Curtis, Paul
Douglas, J.
Douglas, W.
Farmer, A.
Farmer, G.
Flyger, Jim
Flyger, John
Gawler, C
Gawler, G.
Goldfinch, J
Gray, G.
Gray, T
Hall, Jim
Harrison, J
Harrison, W.
Haybittle, Fred
Haybittle, Rich
Haybittle, Wm.
Jacobs, J
Kells, D.
Kells, W.
Kennedy, W.
Kinniburgh, J.
Kinniburgh, D.
Le Compte, T.
Leslie, Wm.
Lowrey, Joe
Martin, Albert
Martin, E.E.
Martin, John
Martin, R.S.
Martin, W.J.
Miller, Adam
Miller, R.H.
Miller, S.
Miller, Tom
Minifie, J.
Mitchell, G.
Mitchell, W.
Moir, D.
Moran, G.
Moran, J.
Moss, P.
Muir, Jim
Muir, Wm.
Murray, Alex.
McKenzie, H.A.W.
McKenamin, Tom
Nicholson, Jno.
Orr, David
Pain, Geo.
Plimmer, Chas.
Plimmer, H.
Plimmer, N.
Reed, -
Renner, F.
Renner, G.
Renner, R.
Renner, W.
Robinson, J
Robinson, N.
Sancto, J.
Scott, Edward
Scott, Simon
Scott, W.
Selig, L.
Selig, Phineas
Shaw, J.
Sievers, Wm.
Smith, Alexander
Smith, E.
Smith, J. Wallace
Smith, J.
Smith, M.
Stockbridge, -
Sutherland, A.
Sutherland, D.
Sutherland, N.
Taylor, Jno. W.
Thorby, J.
Thorby, Tom
Tully, Chas.
Tully, Fred
Walden, Alan
Walden, Jas
Warburton, Arthur
Webb, Joe J.
Webb, Peter P.
Wilkinson, Jas. W
Yoman, S