FLETCHER, Sir James
A new biography of Fletcher, James appears in the Dictionary of New Zealand Biography on this site.
James Fletcher who was born at Kirkintilloch, Scotland, on 29 March 1886, was educated in Glasgow and came to New Zealand in 1908, when he established a building business. With his brother he formed the firm of Fletcher Brothers, which became in 1919 the Fletcher Construction Co. and, in 1940, Fletcher Holdings. During the Second World War he was Commissioner of Defence Construction, Superintendent of Military Works, and Controller of Shipping. His many interests include the I.C.I., the Tasman Pulp and Paper Co., and New Zealand Paper Mills. The ramifications of the business have spread into many fields, and today it is the largest organisation of its kind in the country concerned with building and developmental enterprises. He was knighted in 1946.