The Cyclopedia of New Zealand [Taranaki, Hawke's Bay & Wellington Provincial Districts]
Gurr, Norman Leslie, General Commission Agent, Station Street, Dannevirke. This business was established by Messrs H. Chadwick and Company, in 1903, and acquired by the present proprietor in 1905. The premises contain a large office and a stock and sample room, there is also a large bulk store, and six persons are employed. Mr. Gurr is agent for the State Fire, Life, and Accident Insurance Department, live stock, general insurance, fidelity guarantees, and public risk insurances, Kop's ales and stout, Frimley and Te Mata wines, International Harvester Company of America, Wolseley sheep-shearing machinery, Nelson, Moate and Company's teas, W. Dimock's bacon, C. Treve thick's brushware, Hamilton and Guy's pickles, sauces and cordials, Vacuum Oil Company's calf emulsion, H. J. Jones and Son's sporting materials, the Scott Motor Car Company, and numerous other agencies, hesides doing an extensive land agency business. Mr. Gurr was born at Launceston, Tasmania, on the 5th of March, 1865, and is a son of a former rector of the Invercargill High School, who was subsequently a Board of Education inspector. He was educated at Varkside University, Adelaide, entered the service of the New Zealand Government Life Insurance department in 1883, as a cadet in Invercargill, and, Inter, was removed to Wellington. In 1893 he accepted an engagement as superintendent for the Mutual Life Association; subsequently he returned to the service of the Government Life department, before establishing his present business. As an athlete Mr. Gurr has won a large number of trophies, has put up some record performances as a runner, for several years being quarter and half mile champion for New Zealand, and at golf is an ex-champion. Throughout the Colony Mr. Norman Gurr is well known as a good all round athlete, besides holding a very high position in insurance and agency business, having obtained very good records. In 1895 he married Miss Eily Ringwood, of Auckland, and has one daughter.
Mr. N. L. Gurr.
Rose, William, Land, Finance, Insurance, General Commission Agent, and Auctioneer, High Street, Dannevirke. Bankers, Bank of New Zealand. Mr. Rose, who is also Government valuer and agent for the Public Trustee, established his business in the year 1890. His thorough knowledge of the district, and especially of land values, is of very great assistance to him. Mr. Rose is further referred to in connection with the Borough Council, of which he is a useful member.