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

Ironmongers and Cycle Engineers

Ironmongers and Cycle Engineers.

Bennett and Sutton (Bertram Crosskey Bennett and Frederick William Sutton), Ironmongers and Hardware Merchants, High Street and Nelson Street, Hawera. This business was established in the year 1888, and was acquired by Messrs Bennett and Sutton in January, 1906. The premises consist of a wood and iron page 243 building, which extends from High Street to Nelson Street. The retail department has its frontage to High Street, and the wholesale department and large implement store and show room, face Nelson Street. Messrs Bennett and Sutton are agents for Messrs Booth and Macdonald, the International Harvester Company and the Cyclone Fencing Company, of Christ-church; and for Messrs Shacklock, of Dunedin (Orion Ranges); Messrs John Wilson and Company, of Auckland (Star Brand Cement and Lime); Messrs Trewhella Brothers, Victoria, (Stumping Jacks); Mr. Dahl, Palmer-ston North (Dairy Implements); Car-lyle and Clegg (Paperhangings); Messrs Boxhill and Company, Birmingham (Guns and Fire Arms); the Welsbach Light Company; and the Caspian Oil Company (Lubricating Oil). The firm's buyers are Messrs Willis, Sindall and Company, Limited, 4 Lloyds Avenue, London, E.C.

Bobbins, Benjamin Conrod, Ironmonger, Grocer and General Storekeeper, High Street, Hawera. P.O. Box 27. Bankers, Bank of Australasia. Private residence, Victoria Street. Mr. Robbins' business was established in the year 1884 by Messrs Robbins and Picrard, and was conducted under that style for about nine years, when Mr. Robbins became sole proprietor. Each department is kept well stocked, and the shop has a large, handsome double-window frontage to the principal street. The premises include a fine brick store for the better convenience of the business, and to accommodate the bulk stock which Mr. Robbins imports direct in large shipments. Goods are delivered to all parts of the district. Mr. Robbins is further referred to as a former member of the Hawera Borough Council.

Price, P. C., Cycle Engineer, Hawera Branch, Regent Street, Hawera; Head Office, Wanganui; Branch at Stratford. This business was established in the year 1898, by Mr. R. Fortune, and was acquired by Mr. Price in November, 1905. The premises consist of a wood and iron building, which contains a double-fronted shop with a verandah, a show room, an office, and a workshop. The plant includes lathes and all necessary machinery. The special brand of cycle built by the firm is known as “The Clipper.” Three persons are employed.

Mr. Claude Hamilton Suisted was appointed Manager of the Hawera branch of Mr. P. C. Price's cycle engineering business in November, 1905. He was born in the year 1879, in Wanganui, where he was educated, and was for seven years employed in the Wanganui Freezing Works, where for a time he was engaged in grading mutton for the British market. In 1903 Mr. Suisted joined Mr. Price in Wanganui. In 1905 he married a daughter of the late Mr. Edward Baker, of Kaiapoi, and has one daughter.