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

Merchants, Etc

Merchants, Etc.

Gurr, T. J. C., and Company (T. J. C. Gurr), Indent Merchants, Manufacturers' Agents, and Manufacturers of “Malko Coffee,” Lennard's Buildings, Ridgway Street, Wanganui. This business was established in January, 1906, by the present proprietor, with one assistant; but in 1907 the staff had increased to eight persons, including two commercial travellers. The firm has numerous agencies, including the following:—W. Dimmock and Company, Limited, Austin Walsh and Company, G. Trevethick, C. McLood and Company, A. Murdoch, and Company, J. Newberry, the Motors Limited, Lipton's Teas, R. Furness and Company, and H. Hinton and Company. The famous “Malko” coffee is a prepared malted coffee, mixed with ground kola nut, and of this the firm are sole proprietors.

Mr Tasman John Chamberlain Gurr, proprietor of the above firm, was born at Portland Bay, Victoria, Australia, and was educated at Invercargill and Wellington. After a short experience in a legal office, he joined the Wairarapa Farmers' Association page 613 as their Wellington agent, two years later he became a commercial traveller, and ultimately settled in Wanganui.

Bunting, photo.Mr. T. J. C. Gurr.

Bunting, photo.
Mr. T. J. C. Gurr.

Turnbull, W. and G., and Company (S. Griffiths, manager), General Merchants, Taupo Quay, Wanganui. Head Office, Wellington. The office of the local branch of Messrs. W. and G. Turnbull and Company was opened in the year 1897. The building is of wood and iron, and contains a public and private office and store. There is a staff of eight persons at the Wanganui branch, and the district worked extends from Waverley to Feilding.

Mr Saynor Griffiths, manager for Messrs. W. and G. Turnbull and Company, joined the firm in the year 1883. After thirteen years' travelling New Zealand from the Wellington office, Mr Griffiths opened the branch at Wanganui. He takes an active interest in local industries, and is chairman of directors of the Southern Cross Biscuit Company.