The Cyclopedia of New Zealand [Taranaki, Hawke's Bay & Wellington Provincial Districts]
Engineers and Blacksmiths
Engineers and Blacksmiths.
Hopkirk, Joseph, Engineer and Blacksmith, Iron and Brass Foundry, Nelson Street, Hawera. This business was established by Mr. Houston, and acquired by the present proprietor in June. 1902. Owing to the development of the trade, new premises became necessary, and the present commodions building was erected in 1905, on a freehold section of half an acre. It is of wood and iron, and contains a foundry, a farrier's shop, an engineering shop and a pattern shop, a store, and an office. The plant includes a gas engine of four horsepower, two lathes, two drills, shaping machinery, and a fan for the cupola. All kinds of engineering work are undertaken, and the fitting up of dairying plant is a specialty. About eight persons are employed. Mr. Hopkirk was born in Gattonside, near Melrose, Roxburghshire, Scotland, where he went to school. He came to New Zealand in the year 1873, and landed in Wellington, where he served his time to the engineering trade. Mr. Hopkirk gained general experience in various parts of the colony, and also at sea for a short time. For several years subsequently he was engaged in the flaxmilling industry, in conjunction with his brothers, in the Waira-rapa district. He then returned to his trade, and was for some time employed in making drawings for the Union Company. Mr. Hopkirk was afterwards employed in erecting dredging machinery on the West Coast for Messrs Luke and Company, Limited, before acquiring his present business.
Nicholas, Charles Thomas, Farrier and General Blacksmith, Princes Street, Hawera. This business was established by Mr. Nicholas in the year 1903. The premises consist of a smith's shop and an office. Mr. Nicholas is further referred to as Farrier-Sergeant of the Hawera Mounted Rifles.