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



Hutchens, Richard Lavars, Teacher of Music, Regent Street, Hawera. Mr. Hutchens commenced teaching in the year 1898. He is further referred to as choirmaster of the Methodist church.

Dixon and Bates (Edwin Dixon and Charles Alfred Bates), Music Dealers, etc, High Street, Hawera. Agents for the Wertheim Sewing Machine. This business was established in the year 1892 by Messrs Grace and Company, and was acquired by the present firm in 1902; but Mr. Dixon, senior partner of the firm, had previously been for many years manager of the business. The premises consist of a wood and iron building, with a double-fronted shop, which contains a show room and office, with two stores for bulk goods behind. Pianos and all kinds of musical instruments and music are kept in stock, and many other lines, including Sellers' well known washing machine.

Mr. Edwin Dixon, Senior Partner of the firm of Dixon and Bates, was born in Wellington, where he was educated. He was afterwards apprenticed to the confectionery business, in which he was employed for eight years. He then removed to Palmerston North, where he was employed by Messrs Grace, Clerk, and Company for some years. He was subsequently appointed to the management of their Hawera branch. Mr. Dixon worked up a successful business, and finally took Mr. Bates into partnership, and bought the Hawera business. He is a member of the Wanganui Education Board. In 1900 Mr. Dixon married a daughter of the late Mr. J. S. Nicholson, of Ashburton, and has three daughters.

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