The cautious, conservative and taciturn George Heron served three terms as mayor, 1889-90, 1893-96, and 1898-99.
Heron was born in Scotland in 1840, and arrived in New Zealand at Nelson in 1863. He settled in Wairarapa in 1868, and worked as a contractor in the outlying areas for some years.
Heron established himself as a corn merchant in 1879 and later opened a grocery. He was involved in a number of town organisations, including the Caledonian Society.
Pic: George Heron with his wife Mary ans his stepson William Watson.