The Cyclopedia of New Zealand [Taranaki, Hawke's Bay & Wellington Provincial Districts]
New Zealand Insurance Company, Limited, Head Office, Auckland, Wanganui Branch, Victoria Avenue, Wanganui, Branch Manager, Mr Joseph Wesney. This well-known company has been represented in Wanganui since the year 1866. Its business in the district was conducted as an agency till the year 1876, when a resident manager was placed in charge of a branch office. The premises consist of a wood and iron building, on the ground floor of which are the public and private offices of the branch; the other apartments on the ground floor and the whole of the first floor being occupied by tenants. The staff includes the manager and four officers, and the district worked from the branch office includes the country between the Rangitikei and Patea rivers, and inland as far as settlement extends.
Mr Joseph Wesney was appointed manager of the New Zealand Insurance Company's branch at Wanganui in the year 1903. He was born in Invercargill, where he was educated, and was afterwards for four years in a law office. He then entered the service of the New Zealand Insurance Company, and twelve years later was transferred to Brisbane, Queensland, as assistant accountant. Eighteen months afterwards he returned to New Zealand, and was stationed at the Wellington office as chief clerk for twelve years before receiving his present appointment. Mr Wesney takes a keen interest in football, is vice-president of the local Rugby Football Union, and a member of the selection committee. In 1889 he married a daughter of the late Mr James Hagar, architect, of Westland, and has two sons and two daughters.
Mr. J. Wesney.
Gatenby and Thompson (H. H. Thompson), Insurance Agents, Victoria Avenue, Wanganui. This business was established in the year 1905 by Messrs. Gatenby and Thompson, and conducted by them until 1907, when Mr. Gatenby retired from the firm. The offices are domiciled on the ground floor of a brick building, and include public and private rooms. Mr Thompson acts as District Manager for the Citizen's Life Assurance Company, Limited, the Norwich and page 601 London Accident, and the United Fire and Marine Insurance Companies. He has local and travelling agents in various parts of the district.
Mr Henry H. Thompson, of the firm of Gatenby and Thompson, was born at Harapepe, Waikato, Auckland, was educated and trained as a pupil teacher in the Auckland district, and was afterwards for a time in the service of the Auckland Board of Education. He then joined the staff of the Ocean Accident Insurance Company, by whom he was employed for six months, and for three years subsequently was in the service of the New Zealand Accident Insurance Company, for whom he opened a branch at Wanganui. Later, he resigned this position, in order to enter his present business. Mr. Thompson is a member of several local clubs.
Mr. H. H. Thompson.