The Cyclopedia of New Zealand [Taranaki, Hawke's Bay & Wellington Provincial Districts]
Gunter, Howel Edward, Teacher of Music, Cook Street, Palmerston North. Mr. Gunter was born in the year 1870 in Weymouth, Dorset, England. He was educated at private schools, commenced the study of music under Dr. Bradford, of London, with whom he spent four years, and, later, studied under Professor Mortimer, of Preston, Lancashire. In 1891 he went to Australia, and, after practising in Adelaide for two years, joined the Albu Concert Company as pianist, and toured Australia and New Zealand. Mr. Gunter finally settled in Palmerston North, where he has since conducted a successful and increasing practice. In the year 1899 he went to Melbourne, and studied under the famous Edouard Scharf, afterwards returned to Paimerston North and took up his teaching connection. In 1901 he went to Leipsic, Germany, to study under Herr Weiderbach, and thence travelled to London and took lessons from Herr Gustave Ernest, of Sydenham. He subsequently returned to New Zealand and established his present practice. Mr. Gunter is married, and has one daughter.
“The Phoneries” (J. McDonald, proprietor), Main Street West, Palmerston North. This business was established in the year 1907, and a large turnover is done in phonographs and Edison records. The premises consist of a shop and a large phonograph room, which is a popular musical resort. The business is rapidly increasing, and the proprietor keeps his stock of records thoroughly up-to-date by large and frequent importations.
Mr. James McDonald was born in the year 1866 in Christchurch, where he was educated at the public schools, and afterwards trained as a mechanical engineer. Subsequently he had experience in gold-mining, farming, etc., before starting his present business. As a Rechabite he became Chief Ruler of the Star of Hauraki Tent, Mr. McDonald is married, and has two sons and two daughters.