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



Hawke's Bay United Friendly Societies' Dispensary (T Thwaites, manager), Hastings Street, Napier. Telephone, 167. Bankers, Bank of New Zealand. This dispensary was established in the year 1892. Its business is by no means confined to those on the books of the societies, nor to those medicines which are supplied free to the members. All kinds of sundries are kept in stock, and the drugs are imported direct.

Mr. Thomas Thwaites, Manager of the Hawke's Bay United Friendly Societies' Dispensary, was formerly dispenser at the Dunedin Hospital, and is referred to in the Otago volume of this Cyclopedia.

The Napier Pharmacy, Emerson Street, Napier (J. W. Reid, proprietor). This business was established by Mr. Alexander Eecles, and was acquired by the present proprietor in the year 1902. The building has a fine frontage to Emerson Street, and the establishment is well fitted up and the goods neatly arranged. A complete stock of allopathic and homeopathic medicines, drugs, perpumes, and, toilet requisites is carried.

Mr. John William Reid, the Proprietor of the Napier Pharmacy, was born in Dunedin in the year 1865, and is a son of the late Mr. George Reid, a well-known builder. He studied his profession under Messrs B. Bagley and Son, of Dunedin, and in 1883 became assistant to Mr. J. W. Bridge, a chemist of Riverton. Two years later Mr. Reid returned to Dunedin, and was employed for about four years with page 369 Messrs Marshall and Sons, where he acquired a knowledge of homeopathy. In 1889, after six months' employment as locum tenens, he was employed by Mr. Alexander Eccles, of Napier. Mr. Reid then went to Adelaide, where he gained experience in the large retail business owned by the late Mr. Joseph Parker, of King William Street South. In 1891 he returned to New Zealand, under engagement to Mr. Eccles, managed the business for about ten years, and then bought it.

Thomas, Charles, Pharmaceutical Chemist, Emerson Street, Napier. This business was acquired in the year 1905, by the present proprietor, who keeps a complete stock of drugs and druggists' sundries, including toilet goods and patent medicines. Mr. Thomas was born in Dunedin in September, 1877. He was subsequently indentured to his profession under Mr. Loasby, Dunedin, and afterwards held a professional appointment at Leeston, where, in June, 1899, he passed the New Zealand Pharmacy Board's examination. Mr. Thomas then joined the Australian staff of Messrs Frederick Stearns and Company, of Michigan, U.S.A., and afterwards held a similar position in the firm of Messrs Elliott Brothers, of Sydney. Later on he accepted an appointment in the retail business of Mr. Washington Soul, of Sydney, but eventually returned to New Zealand. For some time Mr. Thomas acted as locum tenens, settled at Napier in 1904, and started in business on his own account. Mr. Thomas is a member of the Napier Sailing Club.

Williams, Alexander James, Chemist, Optician, and Photographic Dealer, Hastings Street, Napier. Telephone, 79. Mr. Williams who is a son of the late Mr. Nathaniel Williams, was born in Napier, and educated at the Boys' High School. After studying his profession in Napier, he went to Wellington to gain further experience, and spent some time with Mr. Barraud, and with Mr. G. W. Wilton, Registrar of the Pharmaceutical Society of New Zealand. In 1897 he returned to Napier, and purchased the oldest-established pharmacy in Hawke's Bay from Mr. Henry Owen. Since that time every other pharmacy in Hawke's Bay has changed hands, and Mr. Williams has the distinction of being the senior chemist in business in the district. The optical department is very complete, with a large range of newest lines in lenses and frames, and a special room for the testing of the eyes. The dispensary is under the control of qualified men, and all water is treated by a Pasteur filter before being used. Mr. Williams is a member of the Napier Borough Council.