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

Merchants and Warehousemen

Merchants and Warehousemen.

The Bradford Woollen Company (Alfred Gilbert Wallace, manager), Broadway, Stratford. This business was established in the year 1903. The premises consist of a shop with a verandah and a residence. A large stock of well assorted English and colonial tweeds is maintained.

Mr. Alfred Gilbert Wallace was appointed Manager of the Bradford Woollen Company in the year 1904. He was born in 1885 in Wanganui, where he was educated, and where he gained five years experience at the tailoring trade, before he received his present appointment.

The Central Co-Operative Store Company, Limited, Stratford, was founded in the year 1896. Directors for the year 1906: Mr. H. N. Liardct (chairman), and Messrs N. Randrup, R. Orr, G. Moir, N. B. Fry-day and J. Irvine; G. H. Archer (manager), and W. Monkhouse (secretary). The company's buildings, situated in Broadway, consist of a large store with offices, and a store room, and contain departments for clothing, grocery, hardware, crockery, glass-ware, and grain and produce. The company has also a store and stabling in Juliet Street.

Mr. George Henry Archer was appointed Manager of the Central Co-operative Store, at Stratford, in the year 1904, and was formerly connected with the Golden Cross Co-operative Store, Golden Cross, Ohinemuri. He is further referred to at page 916 of the Auckland volume of the Cyclopedia of New Zealand.

The Stratford Farmers' Co-Operative Association, Limited, was founded in the year 1895. Directors for 1906: Mr. R. Dingle (chairman), and Messrs W. Montgomery, G. Sangster, W. Peters, T. Hine, J. C. George, J. Pennington, W. H. Were, and E. Walter. Mr. J. F. Batey is manager, and Mr. H. Hine, secretary. The Central Factory of this Association stands on a section of three acres in extent, on Cloton road, and contains a full modern plant, the output of which is about 500 tons of butter per annum. The Association has seven creameries in the surrounding districts; namely, at Robson, Skinner, Toko. Gordon, Douglas and Makuri roads, and also at Toko. The milk receiving stage at the Central Factory is large enough for two milk waggons to be unloaded at a time, and by means of a steam hoist the milk is taken at the rate of 2500 gallons per hour. When the milk is received it is weighed, and samples are taken from each supplier, who is paid on the percentage of butter fat as shown by the Babcock milk tests. The separator room is 36 feet by 24 feet, and is fitted with five Alpha de Laval separators, capable of treating 2000 gallons per hour. The separators are supplied with milk from two 1100 gallon Triumph pasteurisers. In summer 4500 gallons of milk are received per day, with a growing supply. The skim milk is returned to suppliers at the rate of eighty-five per cent, and ten per cent, of butter milk. The cream room is 22 feet by 24 feet, fitted with one 600-gallon and three 400-gallon cream vats, which stand high enough to run the ripened cream from them to the churns. The cream, as it runs from the separators, is elevated by means of the Sabroa cream elevators, the first of their kind introduced in New Zealand. From them the cream passes over the Alpha de Laval cream cooler into the cream vats, where it is ripened, and the proper temperature controlled by means of freezing machinery. The butter room is 36 feet by 24 feet, fitted with three churns and two butter workers, of the latest improvement, and a capacity of 1000lb each. Off the butter room there are two cooling chambers, where the temperature can be controlled to any degree without trouble. There is also a fine storeroom, where all boxes are prepared for packing. Above the store-room is the salt room, with every convenience for its purpose. Off the separator room is the engine and freezing machinery room, whilst the boiler room, which is built of iron, stands about four feet clear from the main building.

Mr. John F. Batey, Manager of the Central Factory of the Stratford Farmers' Co-operative Association, drew the ground plans, and had the building and plant erected as he required it. In fact all the machinery has been fitted up by himself, and the factory is admitted by all experts to he the finest and most up-to-date in New Zealand. Mr. Batey was born in Cumberland, England, where he was brought up in the butter trade and dairying, and had considerable experience in factories. He was one of the first practical experts that came out to New Zealand, and arrived in Canterbury in 1888, when the dairy industry was in its infancy. Mr. Batey first took charge of the well known Tai Tapu factory, twelve miles from Christchurch, where he remained eight years, and under his capable management the factory secured its present flourishing position. He was appointed manager of the Stratford Central Factory in 1896, and shortly afterwards was successful in carrying off the champion shield at the Hawera show, and many other first prizes at the New Plymouth and Dunedin shows. Mr. Batey's English experience has been of great value, and in him the Association has a thoroughly practical and capable manager. He has made himself very popular with the settlers and townspeople, and has done much towards furthering the advancement of the dairy industry. Mr. Batey is a Freemason, and has held office as Senior Warden in the Lincoln Lodge. He has served on the committee of the Stratford District High School.

Messrs J. F. Batey And W. Tisch.

Messrs J. F. Batey And W. Tisch.