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The Cyclopedia of New Zealand [Wellington Provincial District]

Criterion Coach Factory

Criterion Coach Factory (Charles Tandy proprietor), Vivian Street, Wellington. Bankers, National Bank of New Zealand, Established in 1881, this factory and shoeing forge has steadily advanced in popularity, and the appliances for conducting the trade have been proportionately increased. Mr. Tandy, whose parents arrived in the early days of settlement in the Colony, was born and brought up in New Zealand. He learned his business with Mr. R. W. Watson and Messrs. Donoghue and Parr, of Wellington. After gaining large experience at his trade, Mr. Tandy purchased the Criterion Coach Factory in 1886. The wood and iron buildings occupied afford 2500 square feet of floorage space, besides which there are large yards. Mr. Tandy has an up-to-date plant for carrying out the details of the trade. He imports only such materials as cannot be locally produced. The specialties of his business are fire brigade appliances, to the manufacture of which he has given great attention. Mr. Tandy took a prominent part in shooting matches in connection with the Wellington Naval Brigade, winning the carbine district prize. In 1884 he visited Sydney to arrange about Australian hardwood timber, and now makes a boast of using more of this timber than any other coachbuilder in Wellington. Having visited nearly all the towns of New Zealand, Mr. Tandy can build any design of vehicle which may be required. As a protectionist, he advocates the reconstruction of the tariff, as he considers that there is not enough assistance given to the different trades.