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The Cyclopedia of New Zealand [Canterbury Provincial District]



Fletcher, G., And Son (George Fletcher and Henry John Fletcher), Tailors, 219 Colombo Street, Christchurch. This firm, which was one of the first of its kind
Standish and Preece, photo.Mr. G. Fletcher.

Standish and Preece, photo.
Mr. G. Fletcher.

page 303 In Christchurch, was founded by the senior partner in 1860. Mr. Fletcher was born in the centre of the woollen industry in the west of England, at Stroude, Gloucestershire, where he served his apprenticeship. He arrived in Christchurch just after the eighth anniversary of the province, and opened a shop on the site still occupied by the firm, and has seen the growth and development of the city. His son, Mr. H. J. Fletcher, after serving an apprenticeship to the practical part of the business, went to London in 1889 to gain experience in cutting, and obtained diplomas at two cutting academies, afterwards occupying a situation in the West End as cutter with Messrs. Nelson and Son, of Hanover Street. Returning to Christchurch in 1892, he joined his father in the business, and about twelve months later was admitted a partner. Messrs. Fletcher and Son are direct importers, and their experience of the English woollen trade brings them in touch with the best mills. The total number of hands employed by the firm is twenty-five, and none but experienced cutters and workmen are engaged.

Patterson, J., Tailor, 219 Cashel Street, Christchurch. Mr. Patterson arrived in New Zealand from Belfast, Ireland, in the year 1887. He began business in 1896 at his present premises, and through sheer energy and perseverance has worked up his trade to a thoroughly successful state. Mr. Patterson makes a specialty of all kinds of tailor-made clothing, and his large connection proves that he gives general satisfaction to his numerous customers.

Whittle, J., Fashionable Ladies' and Gentlemen's Tailor, Rhodes' Building, Manchester Street, Christchurch. This business has (1902) in the short space of one year acquired the reputation of one of the leading tailoring businesses in Christchurch. A specialty is made of ladies' costumes and riding habits, and Mr. Whittle keeps a fine assortment of the most fashionable materials required for his beautiful and stylish productions. He imports from the leading Home manufacturers, some of the choicest patterns of the goods, including silks and woollen materials, which go into the wonderful combination of ladies' dresses. Every article is cut out by Mr. Whittle, whose skill and experience in this branch are unequalled. Mr. Whittle is a native of England, and gained his knowledge of cutting out in some of the most fashionable London and Paris houses. For years he was cutter-out for Mr. H. J. Nicholl, of Regent Street, London, one of the leading fashionable ladies' tailors of the metropolis. He was also cutter-out and fitter for Messrs Redfern, the most fashionable ladies' tailors of London and Paris, and considered the leading tailors of England. Mr. Whittle then started a business as a ladies riding-habitmaker at South Malton Street, London, where he carried on a large and fashionable business for ten years. He holds letters from many of the leading horsewomen of England, testifying to his ability in that particular line of business. Having been offered a lucrative engagement as cutter and fitter to one of the leading Sydney tailors, Mr. Whittle disposed of his business, and came to the colonies. In 1901 he arrived in New Zealand, and established what is considered one of the leading and most fashionable businesses in Christchurch, with a connection with the most distinguished people in New Zealand.

Mr. J. Whittle.

Mr. J. Whittle.

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