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

Dairy Industry

Dairy Industry.

The Tawhiti Creamery is the property of the Hawera Dairy Company, Limited, and was originally established as a factory in 1897. The building is of wood and iron, and contains an up-to-date plant, including three 410 Alpha de Laval separators, a six horse-power steam engine, and a steam boiler of eight horsepower, a pasteurising plant, and a cream cooler. Three thousand gallons of milk are delivered daily, in the height of the season, by twenty-five suppliers.

Mr. Arthur Robert Baldock was appointed Manager of the Hawera Creamery in the year 1904. He was born in 1878, at Bell Block, and was educated in his native place, and at King and Upland road schools. Mr. Baldock was brought up to country life, and gained his first experience of dairy work at the Carrington Road Factory, New Plymouth. Eighteen months later, he became assistant at the Opunake creamery, and subsequently manager for one season. He then removed to Oakura, and was manager of the Petone Creamery for one year before his appointment to page 241 Tawhiti. For a year after taking charge, the establishment was worked as a factory. At one time, in addition to managing a creamery, Mr. Baldock carried on a farm at Ngaire, and milked sixty cows, and was also for a year milking on shares on Mr. T. Corkill's farm at Toko. In 1901 he married a daughter of the late Mr. J. J. Looney, of Oakura, and has one son and two daughters.