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Nelson Historical Society Journal, Volume 6, Issue 4, 2001



WW (William) Squires started practice in Louis Kerr's buildings in 1910. He was President of the New Zealand Dental Association in 1926, and was also a Life Member. Following the Murchison earthquake in 1929 he practised for a time at his home, on the corner of Bronte and Shelbourne Streets, while his place of practice was rebuilt.

Alexander (Lex) Squires also practised in Louis Kerr's buildings when he came to work for his father in 1935. He was away during the war years, but recommenced practice in Nelson in 1944. Both men were very skilled and innovative dentists, with Bill being a particularly fine prosthetist and gold worker, while Lex was innovative in the use of the new porcelain techniques and oral surgery. Lex was tragically killed in a car accident when he hit a small bridge on the Stoke Straight on 8 June 1948.