Illustrated Guide to Christchurch and Neighbourhood
J. Miller's Brush Factory
J. Miller's Brush Factory.
Mr. Miller's factory, situated at 195, Gloucester street, Christchurch, has been established about five years. He learnt his trade in Scotland, and arriving in this Colony he commenced to work at his trade. He manufactures all kinds of household and machinery brushes, including scrubbing, shoe, blacklead, and clothes brushes, as well as banister, hair, and other brooms; and he finds that he can compete successfully with the imported articles of the same quality. His trade is entirely wholesale, supplying none but wholesale houses, who readily take all he can turn out. He has exhibited at the various exhibitions held here since he commenced business, and has always secured prizes and "honourable mention." He uses colonial horsehair, which he finds really better than the imported article; but fibre, bristles, and bass have to be imported from America and Russia. For the wood work, he uses almost entirely kauri and white pine, finding them admirably suited for the purpose. In fact, were the timber worked here as it is at Home, no imported woods would be used. He was the first to start brush-making south of Auckland, and is thus the pioneer brush-maker of this island. He has established a purely local industry in the fullest sense of the word, very nearly all the raw material being grown in the Colony.