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

Furnishing Trade

Furnishing Trade.

Braund and Tunbridge . Cabinetmakers, Wickerwork and Wire Mattress Manufacturers, Devon Street East, New Plymouth. The premises of the firm comprise a fine two-storey building, the ground floor of which is occupied by shop and show rooms, and the upper portion with a large stock of manufactured furniture, comprising suites, bedding and house furnishings of all sorts. Mr. George Braund was born in Auckland, and served his apprenticeship with Mr. James Halliday. After completing his indentures, he started business for himself in Auckland, where he remained two years; then he came to New Plymouth under engagement with Mr. E. T. Petty, with whom he remained six years as foreman. He entered into his present business in the beginning of 1897, and was afterwards joined in partnership by Mr. Tunbridge.

Clark, S. and Co. (Sidney Clark), House Furnishers, Cabinetmakers and Importers, Cash Furniture Warehouse, Deyon Street, New Plymouth. This business was established in the year 1885 by Mr. George Brown, and acquired by the present proprietor in 1903. The premises consist of wood and iron buildings, which stand on a freehold section which has forty feet frontage by a large depth. They contain a shop and show room, workshops and a store. There are separate rooms for the polishing, upholstering, cabinetmaking and undertaking departments, in which eight persons are employed. Messrs Clark and Co. are direct importers of bedsteads, crockery, tapestry, carpets, etc. At the New Plymouth Exhibition of 1904 the firm took the first and a special prize for a locally manufactured duchess pair, and a special diploma for the best piece of cabinet work.

Mr. Sidney Clark is the third son of the Rev. Joseph Clark, of the Auckland Tabernacle, and was born in London, England, in the year 1877. He was educated in Nottingham, and learned his trade under Messrs Foster, Cooper and Foster, of Arkwright Street, Nottingham. In 1898 he came to New Zealand, landed in Auckland, and for two years conducted a business in Svmonds Street on his own account. Mr. Clark takes an interest in football, and was the founder of the Association game in New Plymouth. He was captain of the team that went to Auckland and Wellington, and made a draw with both. Mr. Clark married a daughter of Mr. Peter Edward Cheal. of Auckland, in 1905.

Heldt, Frederick, Cabinetmaker and Upholsterer, Devon Street East, New Plymouth. Bankers, National Bank of New Zealand. Mr. Heldt's business was established by him in 1893, and occupies a large two-storey building, in which there is a display of beautiful cabinet work and high class furniture in great variety, including drawing room, dining room,
Mr. F. Heldt's Premises.

Mr. F. Heldt's Premises.

and bedroom suites. A large stock of seasoned timbers, including mottled kauri and other ornamental woods, is kept on the premises, and five men are constantly employed in the workshop. Mr. Heldt is a native of Auckland, where he learned his trade with his father, a well known cabinetmaker, and started business for himself about twenty-eight years ago in his native town. He afterwards came to New Plymouth, and established his present flourishing business.