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The Cyclopedia of New Zealand [Wellington Provincial District]

Winder, George

Winder, George, Ironmonger and Importer, the Corner Shor, Cuba and Manners Street, Wellington. Telegraphic and cable address, “Winder, Wellington.” Code, private, through Reuter. Telephone 474. Banlers, National Bank of New Zealand. Private residence, Pirie Street. Mr. Winder established himself as above in 1890, and his efforts to work up a large trade have met with abundant success. He imports largely, and deals with both town and country, his principal departments being ironmongery, electroplate goods, iron, and wire of all kinds. He has always an attractive display in each of his six large show windows, and in the fine showroom. Mr. Winder claims to have a larger frontage than any other retail ironmonger in the city. The premises are of wood and iron, and leasehold; but Mr. Winder is the owner of the splendid brick building situated a few doors further along Manners Street, and occupied as a carpet warehouse by Mr. H. J. Rodgers. In tiled grates and kitchen ranges, Mr. Winder does a steady and increasing trade, and he is a large manufacturer of wire mattresses. Though Mr. Winder employs competent hands in all his departments, his wonderful success is probably mainly due to the fact that his business has the undivided page 694
Wilkins and Field — Interior view of Premises.

Wilkins and Field — Interior view of Premises.

page 695 attention of its proprietor. Early and late Mr. Winder is to be found at his post, and rich and poor meet with the same prompt courtesy and attention, no matter whether the article required be a shilling sauuepan or a five guinea brass bedstead. The proprietor of this establishment was born in County Clare, Ireland, and was educated and apprenticed in Dublin, after which he had experience in the North of Ireland. In 1879 he came to the Colony per ship “Zealandia,” and settled in Wellington. During the eleven years preceding his establishment in business on his own account, he occupied a position of trust and responsibility in the employ of Mr. John Young, and by his courtesy and attention to customers, he made many of the friends who have supported him so liberally for the last five years. Mr. Winder is a member of the Wellington Bowling Club, but his close attention to business prohibits his becoming a player. He is a Master Mason, and belongs to the New Zealand Pacific Lodge, No. 2, N.Z.C. As a man of business and as a friend Mr. Winder is widely respected, and there is every reason for believing that the prosperity which has so liberally attended him during the five years he has been established will be continued in increased proportion.