Alfred William Gallagher MBE (17 May 1911 – 8 August 1990), commonly known as Bill Gallagher, was a New Zealand farmer, inventor, manufacturing engineer, businessman and commercial fisherman. He was born in Hamilton, New Zealand, on 17 May 1911.[1]

He developed the electric fence for farmers in 1936–1937, and founded the Gallagher Group to manufacture it.

His son, Sir William (Bill) Gallagher, joined the family business in the 1970s and still owns it as of 2019.[2] Another son, John, was in the business until 1997.[3]

Gallagher died from cancer in Hamilton on 8 August 1990, and was buried in Hamilton Park Cemetery.[1]


  1. ^ a b Downs, Jeff. "Alfred William Gallagher". Dictionary of New Zealand Biography. Ministry for Culture and Heritage.
  2. ^ Doesburg, Anthony (4 May 2012). "Gallagher Group: $200m and growing". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 23 April 2013.
  3. ^ Rotherham, Fiona (1 June 2001). "The genetic engineer". ShareChat. Retrieved 23 April 2013.

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