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

Drapers, Clothiers, Etc

Drapers, Clothiers, Etc.

The Egmont Clothing Company (Cornelius O'Leary, proprietor), Broadway, Stratford. This business was established in the year 1903, by Mr. C. O'Leary, who was for four years previously manager of the local branch of the Melbourne Clothing Company. The premises consist of a wood and iron building with a page 176 verandah. A large stock of boys' and men's clothing, the manufactures of the best New Zealand mills, is maintained; and several lines, such as men's ties, silk handkerchiefs, collars, bats, caps, braces and fancy goods, are regularly imported from the best markets in the world. The proprietor does a thriving business.

McAllister, photo. Mr. C. O'Leary.

McAllister, photo.
Mr. C. O'Leary.

Melbourne Clothing Factory (B. F. Hardy, manager), Clothiers and Mercers, Broadway, Stratford. This business was established in 1900. The premises include a double-fronted shop with a verandah, a fitting room, and a residence. A large stock of clothing, mercery, and boots is maintained, and the company imports most of its merchandise.

Mr. Benjamin Farrers Hardy was appointed Manager of the Melbourne Clothing Company in the year 1902. He was born in 1878, in Auckland, where he was educated, and learned his trade under Messrs Rush-brook and Co., of that city. Mr. Hardy subsequently gained experience in connection with other firms, before his present appointment. In 1899 he married a daughter of the late Mr. W. Nealie, of Waikato, and has one son and one daughter.

McAllister, photo. Mr. B. F. Hardy.

McAllister, photo. Mr. B. F. Hardy.

Plumtree, Frank, Draper, Clothier, Milliner, etc., Municipal Buildings, Broad way, Stratford. This business was established in the year 1895, and was acquired by the present proprietor in 1904. It is conducted in a double-fronted shop with a verandah. Mr. Plumtree imports Manchester and dress goods, as
McAllister, photo.Mr. F. Plumtree.

McAllister, photo.
Mr. F. Plumtree.

well as various other lines, from the best British and other markets. He maintains a large and varied stock, and has adopted a system of order and delivery by post with customers at a distance, which has proved very successful. Six persons are employed in the business. Mr. Plumtree was born in the year 1873, in Shiels, Yorkshire, England, was educated in Hull, and came to New Zealand in 1889. He subsequently gained experience of his trade in Patea and Hawera, but finally removed to Stratford, and in 1895 entered the establishment, of which he afterwards became the proprietor.

Robinson, Robert Henry, Draper, Manchester House, Broadway, Stratford. This business was established in the year 1896, and was acquired two years later by the present proprietor. Manchester House is the largest retail establishment in Stratford, and consists of a double-fronted roomy shop, and a convenient showroom, an office, and a reserve room, etc. Mr. Robinson imports the bulk of his stock direct from English manufacturers, and thus gets his goods at the finest prices. He is ably supported by his two sons, Messrs W. H. Robinson and J. L. Robinson, and four other assistants. In 1904 Mr. Robinson bought an old established business at Inglewood, which is managed by his second son, Mr. E. H. Robinson, with a staff of five assistants. Mr. Robinson is further referred to as a member of the Stratford Borough Council.