The Cyclopedia of New Zealand [Taranaki, Hawke's Bay & Wellington Provincial Districts]
Gilbert, Leslie John, Jeweller and Watchmaker, Stratford. Mr. Gilbert's establishment is well fitted up; he keeps an up-to-date stock, and has a good and steadily increasing connection. Mr. Gilbert was born in the year 1859, at New Romney, Kent, England, where he was educated, and learned his trade with his father, who had an old established business in that town. Hearing good accounts of New Zealand, he came to the colony in the ship “Oldenburg,” and soon after his arrival, opened up his business in Eltham, whence he removed to Stratford. Mr. Gilbert takes a considerable interest in local matters, and has been a member of the Taranaki Chamber of Commerce, and of the Education Board.
Mr. L. J. Gilbert.
Petrie, John, Watchmaker and Jeweller, Broadway, Stratford. This business was established in the year 1896 by Mr. John Petrie. The building is of wood, iron, and brick, and contains a large shop, well equipped in every respect, and a convenient work room. There is also a very fine show window. Mr. Petrie was born in the year 1854 in New Deer, Aberdeenshire, Scotland, where he was educated and learned his trade. Subsequently for a few years he conducted the business which was established by his grandfather, John Petrie, at New Deer, in the year 1800, and carried on by his father, William Petrie. In 1875 Mr. Petrie came to New Zealand on account of the health of his family. He married Miss Stephen, of New Deer, and has three sons and three daughters.
Mr. J. Petrie.