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The Cyclopedia of New Zealand [Auckland Provincial District]

Wright, George William

Wright, George William, Pastry Cook and Confectioner, 220 Queen Street, Auckland, and Karangahape Road, Newton. Bankers, Bank of Australasia. Private residence, Sherburn Road, Mount Eden. Mr Wright established his business in 1886. He has been fortunate in securing two of the best business sites in the city for his particular trade; the Karangahape Road shop faces the Foresters' Hall, and the Queen Street premises are exactly opposite the City Hall. A very extensive trade is done in small goods, and provides employment for over fourteen hands. A large portion of each shop is set apart for refreshment rooms, and so successful has Mr. Wright been in this branch of his business that he has had extensive additions and alterations made to his Queen Street branch, including two splendid dining-rooms for ladies and gentlemen, each room with a floorage space of 1250 feet, and all the latest improvements and conveniences. Mr. Wright is a native of King's Lynn, Norfolk, England, and came to New Zealand in the s.s. “Ionic.” On arriving in the colony he settled in Auckland, and was with his uncle, Mr. G. Wright, for five years as manager, and left that employment to establish his present business. He is well-known as a conchologist, and his collection of shells numbers many thousands. Mr. Wright is a florist of repute, and has a beautiful garden, with two fine greenhouses, at his private residence. He has been a member of the Auckland Daffodil and Bulb Society from its commencement, and recently exhibited a large number of pots of jonquils at the local flower show, where he secured two first prizes. Mr. Wright is president of the Newton District Football Club, and until lately was a member of the Auckland Rugby Union.