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The Cyclopedia of New Zealand [Taranaki, Hawke's Bay & Wellington Provincial Districts]

Piano and Organ Builder — Davidson, James,

Piano and Organ Builder.

Davidson, James, Piano and Organ Builder, Central Piano Works, Powderham Street, New Plymouth, This business was established in the year 1905, and is conducted in a two-storied wood and iron building, which contains three rooms and a large workshop. Mr. Davidson was born in the year 1869, in London, England, where he was educated, and was afterwards apprenticed to Messrs Froom and Company, Commercial Road, where he served for five years, and passed through every branch. For three years subsequently he was employed by Messrs Bonchis, in Burdett Road, and, later, was with Blankenstein, of Finsbury Pavement, and other leading houses. For three years Mr. Davidson was valuer at Johnson and Diamond's quarterly sale of musical instruments. He then went to Australia in 1889, spent one year in Sydney, and came to New Zealand. Mr. Davidson started in business at Timaru, where he continued three years, and for some time subsequently travelled for different leading New Zealand music firms. In the year 1902 he joined Messrs J. Collier and Company in New Plymouth as traveller and salesman, and in September, 1905, he started on his own account. Mr. Davidson was at one time bandmaster of the Hokitika Rifle Band, and of the Collingwood Town Band.