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

Cordial Manufacturer

Cordial Manufacturer.

Plowman, W., and Son, Aerated Water and Cordial Manufacturers, Importers of machinery, acids, drugs, corks, etc., Tennyson Street, Danne-virke. This business is a branch of Mr. Plowman's Napier business. It was established by Mr. Mitchell, and was taken over by Mr. Plowman, in conjunction with Mr. McCormick, in the year 1903; Mr. McCormick subsequently withdrew from the firm, leaving Messrs Plowman and Son sole proprietors. The factory occupies an area of a quarter of an acre, is a large wooden building, and turns out about 600 dozen bottles of aerated water per month. Nearly all the hotels, restaurants, tea-rooms, and shops in the district are supplied from the factory.

Mr. Robert Mooney, manager of the factory, was born on the 6th of July, 1881, at Napier, where he was educated at the Marist Brothers' School. He then entered the employ of Messrs Plowman and Son (then Gifford, Plowman and Company), as an assistant in the Port Ahuriri factory, where he worked for ten years, latterly as foreman. On the withdrawal of Mr. McCormick, in January, 1906, he was made manager of the firm's Dannevirke branch. Mr. Mooney is married, and has one son.