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The Cyclopedia of New Zealand [Canterbury Provincial District]

Papps, Tom Hale

Papps, Tom Hale, Grocer and Provision Merchant, 195–197 High Street, Christchurch. Telephone 754. Bankers, National Bank of New Zealand. Private residence, St. Asaph Street, Linwood, Mr. Papps, who is a colonist of about twenty-five years' standing, established himself in business soon after landing in Lyttelton. He was born at Trowbridge, Wiltshire, England, in 1856, and learned the trade with Mr. James Starling, grocer and provision merchant, of Birkenhead, Cheshire, About six years later he went to Bristol, and engaged in the same business there for two years. Mr. Papps then left England, in 1878, by the ship “Northern Monarch,” and reached Lyttelton in the same year. He was employed as salesman for Mr. Thomas Taylor, grocer, of Christchurch, for about a year, and then he decided to start in business for himself. A partnership was arranged with Mr. Arthur Taylor, and the firm opened in premises in High Street. The partnership was dissolved in its third year, but was renewed four years later, when Mr. Taylor and Mr. Papps took in as partners Messrs Hannibal and Ernest Brown. This firm lasted until twelve or thirteen years ago, and since then Mr. Papps has conducted the business alone. He is fully alive to the requirements of his customers, and keeps a first-class general stock of all lines. A specialty is made of hams and bacon, cured under Mr. Papps' own direction, and for which he has gained a wide reputation. The shop in High Street is brilliantly lighted and very attractive at night, the various lines of goods being displayed to the best possible advantage. Mr. Papps was married, in 1882, to a daughter of Mr E. Weston, of Birmingham, and has two children.