The Cyclopedia of New Zealand [Taranaki, Hawke's Bay & Wellington Provincial Districts]
Hoadley, C. B., and Son, Ltd.
Hoadley, C. B., and Son, Ltd., Auctioneers, Stock and Station Agents, Wool and Land Brokers, corner of Browning Street and Byron Street, Napier. This well-known firm was established in the year 1874, but in smaller quarters than those now occupied. The present premises are large and commodious. Periodical auction sales of land are held, and the firm's operations in this respect are among the most important held in the province. Mr. Hoadley originated the wool sales in Hawke's Bay in the year 1880, which sales have since developed into colonial importance. He is a son of Mr. Joseph Sawyer Hoadley, a descendant of Dr. Benjamin Hoadley, Bishop of Salisbury and afterwards of Winchester, in the reign of George I., and was born on his father's estate in Kent, England, in 1847. He was educated at private schools, and entered the service of the London and County Bank in 1864, with which institution he remained until 1872, when, owing to ill-health, he came to New Zealand by the ship “Merope,” and landed in Lyttelton. He became associated in the same year with the railway contractors, Messrs Brogden and Sons, who had extensive works in the colony, on the completion of which he was engaged to go to Germany for the same firm, but decided to remain in Napier, where he established his present successful business. He was the first secretary of the Napier Harbour Board, and held the position for five years, when he resigned in order to devote the whole of his attention to his firm's undertakings. Mr. Hoadley has been a member of the Scinde Masonic Lodge, of which he is a past master, and was one of the early promoters of the Napier Chamber of Commerce.