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The Cyclopedia of New Zealand [Canterbury Provincial District]

Sandstein, Ernest Mark

Sandstein, Ernest Mark, D.B.O.A. and F.S.M.C., Consulting Optician, 187 Cashel Street, Christchurch. Telephone 397. This business was established in 1899, in well appointed apartments above the premises of the well-known jewellery business of the late Mr. M. Sandstein. The consulting room occupies the fore part of the floor, and is furnished with all the modern optical appliances used in connection with the profession in the most advanced centres of England and America. The workshops are likewise up to date, whilst the waiting room is a model for convenience and comfort. Mr. Ernest Mark Sandstein, the founder and present proprietor of the business, is an optician and refractionist of the most modern experience, having just recently returned from England, where he spent six years in studying the most advanced and effective methods of remedying defective vision. He is a son of the late Mr. M. Sandstein, who established the jewellery business—now carried on by his son in Cashel Street—in 1862, and a brother of Dr. Alfred Charles Sandstein, M.D., of Edinburgh, who, as a medical student, has one of the most brilliant careers on record. Mr. E. M. Sandstein was born in Christchurch, in 1871, and educated at the Boys' High School. At the age of twenty he proceeded to London, where he studied under some of the most brilliant opticians of England, and in 1897 gained his diploma as a D.B.O.A. In the following year he became a Fellow of the Spectacle Makers' Company, and in 1899 returned to Christchurch, where he established his present business. In this enterprise he has met with considerable success, and has been patronised by some of the best known people of the colony. As a violinist Mr. Sandstein has taken a prominent part in public performances in Christchurch, and, when in London, he became a member of one of the principal orchestral societies—the Strolling Players' Amateur Orchestral Society.