The Cyclopedia of New Zealand [Canterbury Provincial District]
Alliance Assurance Company. This office was established in London in 1824 for the transaction of Fire and Life Insurance, and has the reputation of being one of the most ably managed companies in England. Its assets on the 31st of December, 1900, amounted to £5,350,819. Lord Rothschild is president of the company, and the names of the directors are amongst the most influential in London. In 1802 the Alliance acquired the business of the Union Fire and Marine Insurance Company of New Zealand and has now a large business in this Colony and Australia. The head office for New Zealand is in Hereford Street, Christchurch. Local directors:— Hon. J. T. Peacock (chairman), Mr. George G. Stead (deputy-chairman), and Mr. Joseph Palmer; the general manager being Mr. W. Devenish Meares.
The Liverpool And London And Globe Insurance Company. The Canterbury branch of this old-established corporation is situated in the Australian Mutual Provident Buildings, Cathedral Square. Mr. J. A. Bird is the manager.
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Mr. J. A. Bird
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Mr. H. A. Adley.
London And Lancashire Fire Insurance Company, with which is amalgamated the New Zealand business of the Magdeburg Fire Insurance Company. Head Office for Canterbury, 193 Hereford Street, Christchurch. Attorneys, Messrs Gould, Beaumout and Co. Head Office, Liverpool.
North British And Mercantile Insurance Company, Canterbury branch, Hereford Street, Christchurch; Agents, Messrs. W. Wood and Co.; Chief Office for the Colonies, Melbourne: Head office, London.
Norwich Union Fire Insurance Society. Established 1797. (Messrs J. M. Heywood and Co., Canterbury Agents). page 265 This society is one of the strongest and best established of British underwriting institutions, and celebrated its first centenary in the year 1897. The office claims to possess the characteristics of a local institution, as the revenue received in the Colony is Invested in Colonial securities. Agencies and representatives are established throughout the commercial world, and from the promptitude and liberality with which It deals with claims the society has gained an unassailable position in public confidence. The volume of its business is now enormous, as may be judged from its premiums, which are equal to about £900,000 per annum. During its century of existence the amount of insurance effected aggregated the vast total of £335,000,000, and the losses paid were £11,600,000.
Messrs J. M. Heywood and Co., Canterbury agents for the Norwich Fire Insurance Society, are referred to elsewhere as forwarding agents, etc.
The Royal Insurance Company. Head Office, Liverpool, England; Canterbury Agency, 208 Hereford Street, Christchurch; Mr. A. C. Nottingham, chief agent. Chief Office for the Colonies, Melbourne. This old-established company has been represented in Christchurch since 1863, Messrs Miles and Co. being the agents from that time till the closing up of their business in 1895, when the agency was taken over by Mr. A. C. Nottingham.
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Mr. A. C. Nottingham.