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

Stationers, Etc — Craig, J. Wilson,

Stationers, Etc.

Craig, J. Wilson, Bookseller, Stationer, and News Agent, Napier. This business is conducted in a handsome two-storeyed brick and stone building, with a frontage of forty feet to Hastings Street, and a depth of 118 feet. Mr. Craig is a direct importer of books, stationery, and fancy goods, of which he holds a large up-to-date stock. He makes a special feature of educational requirements, and supplies a large number of retail shops throughout the Hawke's Bay district. Mr. Craig is agent for the British and Foreign Bible Society, and for the Art Union of London. His London agents are Messrs Dawson and Sons, and through them he keeps in close touch with the latest literature in the British and Continental markets, and receives a fortnightly shipment. Mr. Craig is a native of Edinburgh, Scotland, where he was educated, and served an apprenticeship to the book selling and stationery business. He came to New Zealand in January, 1872, and landed in Auckland. Six months later Mr. Craig removed to Napier, and accepted an appointment as accountant in the office of the “Hawke's Bay Herald.” Shortly afterwards he became manager of the firm's book and stationery business in Hastings Street, which he took over a year later in conjunction with Mr. P. F. Colledge. The partnership was subsequently dissolved, and Mr. Craig has since conducted the business on his own account. He takes a keen interest in educational matters, and was a member of the first school committee elected in Napier, retaining his seat for a number of years. Mr. Craig was one of the promoters and is a member of the committee and one of the trustees of the Hawke's Bay Children's Home.

Mr. J. W. Craig's Premises.

Mr. J. W. Craig's Premises.

Bunting, photo. Mr. J. W. Craig.

Bunting, photo.
Mr. J. W. Craig.