The Cyclopedia of New Zealand [Taranaki, Hawke's Bay & Wellington Provincial Districts]
Decorators, Oil and Colour Dealers
Decorators, Oil and Colour Dealers.
Herd and Dickie (W. G. Herd and H. W. Dickie), Painters, Paperhangers, and House Decorators, Guyton Street, Wanganui. This business was established by Mr Herd in 1905, in Victoria Avenue, and in 1906 was removed to the present handsome premises in Guyton Street. The shop is in two divisions, with a frontage of forty feet, and there are double plate glass windows and a large verandah. The front shop and showrooms are spacious apartments, in which the latest goods are displayed to the best advantage. At the rear are the sign-writing, stock, and workrooms. The firm make a specialty of wall papers and decorative materials, imported from the best markets. A large stock is kept of the newest styles in paper-hangings, also oil-men's stores, paints, etc.
Mr William Gray Herd was born in Lanarkshire, Scotland, in the year 1878, and after leaving school was apprenticed to his present trade under his uncle, Mr. William Gray, with whom he worked for about nine years. In 1902 he came to New Zealand, and after spending about twelve months in Wellington, removed to Wanganui, where he worked for Messrs R. and E. Tingey, Limited, until starting on his own account. Mr Herd is secretary of the local Master Painters' Association, and trustee of the local lodge of Druids.
Mr Henry William Dickie was born in the year 1878, at Waverley, where he was educated at the public school. He was then employed for nine years in a flour mill, subsequently removed to Wanganui, and joined Mr Herd in partnership. Mr Dickie takes an interest in social matters, and is a member of various clubs.