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

Watchmakers and Jewellers

Watchmakers and Jewellers.

Cooke, Alexander Laird, Watchmaker and Jeweller, Devon Street, New Plymouth. Bankers, Bank of New South Wales. Private residence, Courtenay Street. The fine premises in which Mr. Cooke conducts his business possess handsome plate glass windows, with gold and silver watches, chains, bracelets, broaches, rings, etc., in all their glittering attractiveness. Goods of the latest designs are constantly imported to Mr. Cooke's order from the British and European markets. The workroom is fitted with the latest machinery for the manufacture of various articles of the trade, and it contains also a complete electro-plating battery. Mr. Cooke was born in Dunedin, and educated at the Normal School in that city. He afterwards served his apprenticeship with Mr. Albert Bergen, the well known jeweller and watchmaker, removed with him to Auckland, and remained in his employment for about two years. He was next in the service of Mr. Hawden, of Auckland, for two years. Then he decided to start on his own account, and bought his present business from Mr. Bartlett in 1895. Mr. Cooke is very musical, and a good performer on the violin. He was for nine years a prominent member of the Auckland Orchestral Society. He is also an artist, and many of his oil paintings exhibit considerable merit. Mr. Cooke is a Freemason.

Parker, John Henry, Watchmaker, Jeweller, and Optician, Devon Street, New Plymouth. Bankers, Bank
Mr. J. H. Parker's Premises.

Mr. J. H. Parker's Premises.

of New South Wales. Mr. Parker established his excellent business in the year 1880, in a two-storied building of wood and iron. The premises have a street frontage of about sixteen feet, and the shop is one of the most attractive in New Plymouth. An extensive well assorted stock of watches, jewellery, and other articles, mainly imported direct from the manufacturers, is always maintained. The interior of the shop is artistically fitted up, and the display of electro-plated goods adds greatly to the attractiveness of the establishment. The optical branch is personally superintended by Mr. Parker. Every kind of repairing work is undertaken, and the workshops, which are fitted up with all the latest mechanical appliances, are situated at the rear of the premises. Mr. Parker was born at Burnley, Lancashire, England, and after receiving his education, learned his trade with one of the leading jewellers of Halifax, Yorkshire, in which town he eventually started on his own account. Hearing there were good opportunities for business in New Plymouth, Mr. Parker decided to come to New Zealand, and arrived in New Plymouth in 1880. He established himself in business shortly after his arrival, page 115 and with energy and perseverance has succeeded in building up a fine connection. Mr. Parker is well known and esteemed by his fellow citizens.