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

Wood Trade

Wood Trade.

Derby Brothers' Sash, Door, and Timber Factory, Cloton road, Stratford. This factory is a wood and iron building, and was erected in the year 1891. The machinery is driven by a twelve horse-power overshot water wheel, and the plant includes planing and morticing machines, two circular, and two cross-cut saw benches, a power morticer, tenon, moulding, sand-papering and boring machines, and a band saw. All kinds of joining, in addition to the manufacture of sashes, doors, mantels and other work, are undertaken. Ten persons are employed.

Mr. Samuel Gaius Burgess was appointed Manager of Derby Brothers' Sash and Door Factory in November, 1902. He was born in Kent, England, in January, 1847, and accompanied his parents to New Zealand when he was ten years of age. He was educated partly in Wellington and partly in Auckland, and learned the trade of a builder and joiner. For some years he was connected with various large
McAllister, photo.Mr. S. G. Burgess.

McAllister, photo.
Mr. S. G. Burgess.

page 182 companies in Auckland, and was afterwards a member of the firm of Witherford and Burgess, plumbers, for fifteen months. Mr. Burgess then removed to Northern Wairoa, and was afterwards employed in a general store for five years. In 1893 he settled in Stratford, and worked as a builder and joiner for eight months; and, later on, he was employed for one year in the sash and door factory. Mr. Burgess was a member of the Stratford Fire Brigade for nine years, during five years of which he was lieutenant. He received a medal for five years' service, and on his resignation was made a life member of the brigade. As an Oddfellow, Mr. Burgess is a member of Lodge Parnell, in which he passed all the chairs, and is also attached to the local lodge. In the year 1873 he married a daughter of the late Mr. D. Grant, of Waikato, and has, surviving, seven sons and four daughters.

The Taranaki Sawmillers' Co-Operative Association, Limited, has its head office in Broadway, Stratford, and was incorporated on the 31st of October, 1896. Directors for the year 1906: Messrs H. Brown and Co. (Inglewood and New Plymouth), G. Syme (Hawera), Twigg and Co. (Hawera), Derby Brothers (Toko and Stratford), and the New Plymouth Sash and Door Company (New Plymouth). The object of the company is to regulate the price of timber, and to attend to matters of mutual interest in connection with the sawmilling industry. Mr. W. Daveney is secretary.