The Cyclopedia of New Zealand [Taranaki, Hawke's Bay & Wellington Provincial Districts]
Brandon, John, Hair-dresser and Tobacconist, Heretaunga Street, Hastings. This business was originally established by Mr. W. Vickers, and was taken over by the present proprietor in 1905. The building contains a saloon, suitably fitted up, and a shop which carries a large and varied stock. A first-class hair-dresser is employed. Mr. Brandon was born in Limerick, Ireland, on the 3rd of February, 1876, and came to New Zealand at an early age. He was educated page 464 at public schools, brought up to commercial pursuits, and then took over his present business, which he has since successfully conducted. Mr. Brandon is a member of the Hastings Football Club.
Donovan, James Daniel, Hairdresser and Tobacconist, Heretanuga Street, Hastings. This business was established by Mr. Donovan in April, 1905. The premises consist of a wooden building, and contain a shop, with a fine show window, and a hair-dressing saloon. The shop carries a large stock of cigars, tobacco, pipes, and fancy goods, and the hair-dressing, saloon is suitably fitted up. Mr. Donovan was born in the year 1874, at Meanee, where he was educated at the Mission school. For many years afterwards he was employed as a jockey, in which capacity he travelled throughout the Australisian colonies. For three years subsequently Mr. Donovan worked as a contract painter, and then learned the hairdressing trade. He was employed successively by Mr. Adam King, Mr. Vickers, and Mr. A. Hyde, and then started in business on his own account. Mr. Donovan has been a member of the Hastings Fire Brigade for about eight years, part of which time he was secretary, and a foreman; and he is also a member of various social and athletic clubs. He is a member of the Roman Catholic Church, and a member of the Church choir.