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The Cyclopedia of New Zealand [Nelson, Marlborough & Westland Provincial Districts]

Drapers, Tailors, etc

Drapers, Tailors, etc.

Addison, Mrs Agnes (Miss Agnes Addison, Miss Jemima Addison, and Miss Alice Addison). Draper and Ladies' Outfitter, Hamilton Street, Hokitika. This business was established in the year 1888 by Mrs Addison, who died in January, 1903. The old premises were replaced in 1891, by a large double-fronted verandah shop, with a residence adjoining. The stock is varied and fashionable, and special attention is paid ladies' and children's outfitting. The departments include, drapery, millinery, mantles, haberdashery, laces, ribbons, gloves,
Premises of the Misses Addison.

Premises of the Misses Addison.

hosiery, underclothes, mercery, carpets and linoleums.
Evans, Charles, Merchant Tailor, Revell Street, Hokitika. Telegraphic address, “Evans Tailor, Hokitika.” Bankers, Bank of New South Wales. This business was founded by Mr. Ben Dyson in 1869, and taken over by the present proprietor in 1891. The premises, which are situated in Revell Street, immediately opposite Stafford Street, are well lighted throughout for the display of the large and varied stock of tweeds, serges, worsteds, Bannock-burns, and other materials of the best quality. Mr. Evans, who has spent twenty-five years in the tailoring business, has been associated with the West Coast for a number of years, and is therefore well up in the needs of the district, and cuts out nothing but the best and heaviest of materials. Style and fit are guaranteed at his up-to-date establishment, and the prices charged are exceptionally low, considering the quality of the work. Mr. Evans' trade extends from Reefton in the north to Jackson's Bay, in the south. In the town of Hokitika he does business with the leading townsfolk, as he has not only retained Mr. Dyson's old customers, but further increased his list of patrons. Mr. Evans was born in Shropshire, England, in 1866, and was apprenticed to the tailoring trade
Mr. C. Evans.

Mr. C. Evans.

at twelve years of age. He landed in Australia by the ship “Austral,” in 1888, and came to New Zealand in page 512 the s.s. “Hauroto.” Mr. Evans worked under Mr. Dyson for about eighteen months, and then he started on his own account. Less than two years later he bought Mr. Dyson out and removed to his present business.

Mahan, Arthur, Clothier and Draper, Revell Street, Hokitika. Bankers, National Bank of New Zealand. This business was established in the year 1897 by the present proprietor, and has steadily increased in volume. Mr. Mahan was born in Ireland, in 1865, and accompanied his parents to New Zealand in 1874, in the ship “Duke of Edinburgh.” He was educated at Timaru, and subsequently followed teaching at the Waitohi school. Later on, he served an apprenticeship with Messrs Cowan and Foster, drapers, Timaru, and was then appointed to take charge of the clothing department of the South Canterbury branch of the D.I.C. Mr. Mahan afterwards conducted a business on his own account at Timaru, and gained experience also at Oamaru and Dunedin. In 1890, he took charge of the Hokitika branch of the New Zealand Clothing Factory, successfully conducted the branch for seven years, and then resigned to establish his present business. Mr. Mahan takes a great interest in social and local affairs, and is a member of most of the local clubs. In 1893, he married a daughter of the Hon. James Holmes, M.L.C.