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

Leather Trade

Leather Trade.

Edwards and King, Boot and Shoe Manufacturers and Repairers, Tennyson Street, Napier. This business was established in the year 1905, by Messrs Edwards and King, and is rapidly increasing in stock and output. It is conducted in suitable premises, situated on the ground floor of a two-storeyed wooden building at the corner of Hastings Street and Tennyson Street.

King, Archibald Elliot, Saddler and Harness Maker, Agent for “Humber” and “King” cycles Emerson Street, Napier, Branch business at Taradale. Private Residence, May Avenue, Colenso Hill. This business is conducted in a new and up-to-date brick building, running back nearly one hundred feet; The shop has a frontage of twenty-one feet; with double plate-glass windows, and double entrance doors ' for motor cars. A good stock of bicycles is kept, and there is a complete plant for the repairs of machines, with all appliances for the handling of motor cars. Mr. King was born in Yorkshire, England, and came to New Zealand with his parents in 1884. He settled in Napier, and learned his trade with Mr. John McVay, in whose employment he remained for over eight years. Mr. King started in business on his own account in 1893. He takes a great interest in cycling, cricket, and motoring. Mr. King is married, and has four children.

Bowron and Butcher (late Bowron Brothers), Wool-Brokers, Wool-Scourers, Fellmongers, etc., Napier. P.O. Box, 149. Telephone, 262. Bankers, Bank of New Zealand. This firm's business was established many years ago by Messrs Bowron Brothers of Christchurch, by whom it was carried on until the year 1894, when Mr. H. F. Butcher joined the business. The office is at the corner of Byron Street and Herschel Street, and the works are situated on three acres of ground at Greenmeadows. In the busy season between forty and fifty persons are employed. An eight horse-power steam engine drives the machinery, water being obtained from two artesian wells. Wool and skins are bought from the neighbouring farmers, and pelts from the freezing works, large shipments being made direct to London. Messrs Bowron Brothers are referred to in the Canterbury volume of the Cyclopedia in connection with their firm in Christchurch.

Mr. Henry Fatrburn Butcher, of the firm of Messrs Bowron and Butcher, is a son of Mr. H. R. Butcher, woolcomber and fellmonger of Kaiapoi.

Leevers Brothers (T. J., W. H., and A. R. Leevers), Wool Scouring Works and Fellmongery, Awatoto. This important industry, situated within three miles of Napier, was established in the year 1890. Adjacent to the wool-shed there is a two-acre drying ground, and two artesian wells supply the water to the circular washing boxes, in which the wool is scoured. About 1,000 bales of wool are treated annually, and shipped to the Home market, good prices being realised. A large number of pelts are also shipped to London every season. Messrs Leevers Brothers are experts in everything appertaining to wool, and are engaged annually in classing for Mr. J. Hunter-Brown, at Wairoa; Mr. J. H. Rhodes at Spring-hill; and Messrs Herrick Brothers, at Tautane. Commissions are also undertaken for local brokers and sheepfarmers.

Mr. Thomas J. Leevers, of the firm of Leevers Brothers, was born in Dunedin in the year 1876, and was educated in Christchurch. After spending three years with Messrs Warnock Brothers, wool buyers and tanners, page 385 Auckland, he assisted to establish the present business. As a Freemason Mr. Leevers is a member of Lodge Victoria, No. 21, N.Z.C., he is a member of the Napier Bowling Club, and a member of the orchestra of the Napier Frivolity Minstrels.

Bunting, photo. Mr. T. J. Leevers.

Bunting, photo.
Mr. T. J. Leevers.

Mr. William Henry Leevers, one of the partners of the above firm, was born in Dunedin in 1877, and received his education in Christchurch and Auckland. Subsequently he gained experience in Napier with his father, who was a well-known wool buyer and fellmonger. Mr. Leevers is a member of the Scinde Cricket Club, and is an enthusiastic rifle shot.

Mr. Alfred Richard Leevers, of the firm of Leevers Brothers, was born in Dunedin in 1879, and, after receiving an education in Christchurch and Auckland, joined his father in the fellmongery business in Napier. He is a member of the Victoria Lodge of Freemasons, No. 21, N.Z.C.