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The Cyclopedia of New Zealand [Canterbury Provincial District]



Alliance Assurance Company. This office was established in London in 1824 for the transaction of Fire and Life Insurance, and has the reputation of being one of the most ably managed companies in England. Its assets on the 31st of December, 1900, amounted to £5,350,819. Lord Rothschild is president of the company, and the names of the directors are amongst the most influential in London. In 1802 the Alliance acquired the business of the Union Fire and Marine Insurance Company of New Zealand and has now a large business in this Colony and Australia. The head office for New Zealand is in Hereford Street, Christchurch. Local directors:— Hon. J. T. Peacock (chairman), Mr. George G. Stead (deputy-chairman), and Mr. Joseph Palmer; the general manager being Mr. W. Devenish Meares.

The Liverpool And London And Globe Insurance Company. The Canterbury branch of this old-established corporation is situated in the Australian Mutual Provident Buildings, Cathedral Square. Mr. J. A. Bird is the manager.

Mr. James Alexander Bird, Local Representative of the Liverpool and London and Globe Insurance Company, was born in Middlesex, England, in 1821. He was educcated at Acton, Middlesex, and at King's College, London, and brought up as a civil engineer and surveyor, and attended the college for civil engineering, Putney. Mr. Bird came out to Sydney in 1854 as a representative of the Liverpool and London Fire and Life Insurance Company. When the existing amalgamation was formed he continued in the service as accountant and chief clerk. In 1868 be came to Christ-
Standish and Preece, photo.Mr. J. A. Bird

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Mr. J. A. Bird

church as representative of the company. He held a captain's commission in the Sydney Artillery Volunteers, and afterwards in the Christchurch Artillery Volunteers. He is a member of the Masonic Order, having been initiated in England in 1845, and in 1852 became a Royal Arch Mason, and ten years later a Mark Master Mason. Mr. Bird was secretary to the Canterbury Chamber of Commerce for twenty-six years, and he has been a member of the Christchurch City Council. He attended the opening of through railway traffic between Christchurch and Dunedin in 1878.
Mr. Harry Antill Adley, of the Liverpool and London and Globe Insurance Company, is the only son of Mr. Antill A. Adley (who is referred to elsewhere in these pages as an Old Colonist), and was born in Christchurch, in 1862. He was educated at private schools, and has been connected with insurance business for eighteen years, haying been on the staff of the local office of the Liverpool and London and Globe Company since 1885, and is now its joint agent and attorney with Mr. J. A. Bird. He is a member of the committee of the Fire Underwriters' Association. In musical matters Mr. Adley has long been a member of the Liedertafel, and as an organist of the officiated at several churches, having fulfilled that duty at St. Barnabas Church, Fendalton, since 1893. He has been connected with the Fendalton Dramatic Club since 1894. Mr. Adley was married, in 1888.
Standish and Preece, photo.Mr. H. A. Adley.

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Mr. H. A. Adley.

to a daughter of the late Colonel F. T. Wroughton, of her Majesty's Indian Army, Bengal, and has two daughters.

London And Lancashire Fire Insurance Company, with which is amalgamated the New Zealand business of the Magdeburg Fire Insurance Company. Head Office for Canterbury, 193 Hereford Street, Christchurch. Attorneys, Messrs Gould, Beaumout and Co. Head Office, Liverpool.

North British And Mercantile Insurance Company, Canterbury branch, Hereford Street, Christchurch; Agents, Messrs. W. Wood and Co.; Chief Office for the Colonies, Melbourne: Head office, London.

Norwich Union Fire Insurance Society. Established 1797. (Messrs J. M. Heywood and Co., Canterbury Agents). page 265 This society is one of the strongest and best established of British underwriting institutions, and celebrated its first centenary in the year 1897. The office claims to possess the characteristics of a local institution, as the revenue received in the Colony is Invested in Colonial securities. Agencies and representatives are established throughout the commercial world, and from the promptitude and liberality with which It deals with claims the society has gained an unassailable position in public confidence. The volume of its business is now enormous, as may be judged from its premiums, which are equal to about £900,000 per annum. During its century of existence the amount of insurance effected aggregated the vast total of £335,000,000, and the losses paid were £11,600,000.

Messrs J. M. Heywood and Co., Canterbury agents for the Norwich Fire Insurance Society, are referred to elsewhere as forwarding agents, etc.

The Royal Insurance Company. Head Office, Liverpool, England; Canterbury Agency, 208 Hereford Street, Christchurch; Mr. A. C. Nottingham, chief agent. Chief Office for the Colonies, Melbourne. This old-established company has been represented in Christchurch since 1863, Messrs Miles and Co. being the agents from that time till the closing up of their business in 1895, when the agency was taken over by Mr. A. C. Nottingham.

Mr. Arthur Charles Nottingham was born in 1859 in London, and educated at the Whitgift School, Croydon, Surrey. He served an apprenticeship at the Hematite Steel Works, Barrow-in-Furness,
Standish and Preece photo.Mr. A. C. Nottingham.

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Mr. A. C. Nottingham.

and came out to Melbourne in 1876. In the following year he arrived in Lyttelton, and after a year in the Survey Department joined the firm of Miles and Co. as a clerk, and continued with it till its dissolution in 1895, at which time he held the position of assistant accountant. As a musician, Mr. Nottingham plays the 'cello, and was for many years a member of the old Orchestral Society. He was married in 1889 to a daughter of Mr. Lynskey, of Kaiapoi, and has five sons and five daughters.