The Cyclopedia of New Zealand [Taranaki, Hawke's Bay & Wellington Provincial Districts]
Stationery — Boase, Francis Henry,
Boase, Francis Henry, Bookseller, Stationer, Fancy Goods Dealer, Sports Depot, High Street, Hawera. page 245 Private residence, Collins Street. This business was established about the year 1885, by Mr. F. Jones, and was afterwards conducted by Mr. N. Fairs, and others, before being acquired by the present proprietor. It is carried on in a wood, brick, and iron building, which contains a double-fronted shop with a verandah and an office. Mr. Boase is an importer of various lines, and makes a special feature of all kinds of sporting goods. He was born in the year 1855, in Ballarat, Victoria, Australia, and educated partly in his native place, and partly at Greymouth. He came to New Zealand at eleven years of age. On leaving school he was apprenticed to the drapery trade in Greymouth, and subsequently gamed about thirty years' experience in the soft goods trade, in various parts of the colony, before settling in Hawera, Mr. Boase is a member of the Order of Oddfellows, and was connected with the Greymouth Lodge, in which he passed all the chairs. He is a widower, and has two daughters and one son.
Mr. F. H. Boase's Premises.