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

Wheel Traffic

Wheel Traffic.

Egmont Stables (Alfred Clarke and William Everett Higginson, proprietors), Princes Street, Hawera. These stables were established in the eighties, and acquired by the present proprietors in June, 1905. They are situated at the back of the Egmont Hotel, are built of wood and iron, and contain thirty stalls, and eleven loose boxes. Messrs Clarke and Higginson employ two large drags, two cabs, six buggies, and five gigs, and about seventeen horses in connection with the business.

Mr. Alfred Clarke, Senior Partner of the firm of Messrs Clarke and Higginson, is further referred to as a member of the Normanby Town Board.

Mr. William Everett Higginson, Junior Partner in the firm of Messrs Clarke and Higginson, was born at the Lower Hutt, near Wellington, in the year 1881, and was educated at Manaia and Hawera. He has been trained amongst horses, and worked in the stables, of which he is now one of the proprietors, for a number of years. After being employed elsewhere for about eighteen months he returned to Hawera, and became a member of the present firm. Mr. Higginson is a member of the local Lodge of Druids.

Hawera Stables (George Hayes Gibson, proprietor). Union Street, Hawera. These stables were established in the year 1896, and were acquired by the present proprietor in 1901. The old building was replaced by the present fine one in 1903. The premises cover the whole of a quarter-acre section, which was formerly known as the Hawera bowling green. They are built of wood, iron, and brick, and contain forty-five stalls, and fifteen loose boxes. There is also standing room for about eighty vehicles. Mr. Gibson employs sixteen traps of all descriptions and eighteen horses in connection with his business. All trains are met at the railway station by an employee with a comfortable landau.