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Most people would walk past the grave of William Ramsay in Melbourne General Cemetery and not realise his significance.

William Ramsay produced a shoe polish in 1906 which he called Kiwi Boot Polish. The name Kiwi was used because of the new Zealand origins of his beloved wife Annie.

Such was its success that it not only dominated the Australian market but went on to be used by the British and American armies. Much of the success occurred after Ramsay's death, and this probably accounts for the simplicity of the inscription.

Loving Memory


Loved husband of

Who died at Essendon
4th. September 1914 Aged 46 years

'The Lord gave and the Lord hath taken away'