Johannes La Grouw

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Johannes La Grouw
CNZM OBE
JohannesLaGrouw.jpg
Self Portrait 2001
Born (1913-08-05)5 August 1913
Amsterdam, the Netherlands
Died 20 September 2011(2011-09-20) (aged 98)
Rotorua, New Zealand
Spouse(s) Johanna Hillegonda Lalk (m. 1939–2009)
Children Johannes (b. 1940)
Hillegonda Margaretha (1942-1951)
Tjeed (b. 1944)
Cornelis (b. 1946)
Ineke (b. 1947)
Maria Elizabeth (b. 1951)
Parent(s) Johannas La Grouw
Maria Elizabeth La Grouw, Dieperveen

Johannes La Grouw CNZM OBE (5 August 1913 – 20 September 2011) was a Dutch-born New Zealand architect, engineer, businessman, artist and philanthropist. La Grouw developed a special patented house manufacturing system constructed of solid wood that eventually became a New Zealand icon for housing that can withstand the forces of nature, yet fit in nicely with them.

Background[edit]

La Grouw was educated at Higher Technical School for Architecture and Engineering; Building Contractor Amsterdam, Holland 1948-51; Founding director, Lockwood Buildings Ltd. Life member, Outward Bound Trust.

New Zealand company[edit]

La Grouw and Johannes Van Loghem (the co-founders of Lockwood Homes) began their unique company in 1951, by importing prefabricated homes from the Netherlands when Dutch migrants brought in crates of their own homes because of a building shortage.[1] The company flourished and became a big player in the New Zealand construction industry.

Honours[edit]

In the 1991 Queen's Birthday Honours La Grouw was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire for services to the building and construction industry.[2] He was made a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to business and the community in the 2011 New Year Honours.[3]

La Grouw was inducted into the New Zealand Business Hall of Fame in 2007 for his revolutionary house construction system and contributions to business in New Zealand and abroad.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Campbell, Phil. ROTORUA REVIEW. September 28, 2011. http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/industries/5662312/Lockwood-founder-dies-in-Rotorua
  2. ^ "No. 52564". The London Gazette (Supplement). 15 June 1991. p. 30. 
  3. ^ "New Year honours list 2011". Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. 31 December 2010. Retrieved 23 January 2017. 
  4. ^ "Johannes Le Grouw". New Zealand Business Hall of Fame. Retrieved 23 January 2017.