The Cyclopedia of New Zealand [Taranaki, Hawke's Bay & Wellington Provincial Districts]
Charitable — The Dannevirke Public Hospital.
The Dannevirke Public Hospital.
Mr. Robert Graham Paterson, Secretary of the Dannevirke Public Hospital, is a well-known local auditor and accountant, carrying on business in Station Street. Mr. Paterson was born at Tillicoultry, Scotland, in 1873. He was educated for the teaching profession, at which, he spent several years, but at an early age he left the Old Country, on account of ill-health, and went to Queensland, where he was employed for some time as storeman in a wholesale produce business. In 1892 he came to New Zealand, and soon afterwards took up the position of accountant to Messrs Jones and Sons, engineers, of Waipukurau, in which firm he subsequently became a partner. Later on, after the firm changed hands, he had a few years' experience in sheepstation life, and then returned to mercantile pursuits, as accountant in the Dannevirke office of the Hawke's Bay Saw-millers' Association. He resigned this post to become accountant to the Hawke's Bay Woollen Mills, and on the cessation of these works he started in business on his own account in Dannevirke.