Frederick Henry Piesse
Piesse, founder of the Premier Mill, was the quintessential self-made man. Born in 1853, he finished high school in Northam in 1870. His father’s role as Sub-Inspector of Police brought only a modest salary and Frederick, as the eldest of eight children, was now expected to contribute. If there was any thought of university study, the thought was put aside. He went to work in George Throssell’s store, to answer the family call and to grasp the rudiments of commerce.
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