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

Leather Trade

Leather Trade.

Hannah and Company, Limited, Boot and Shoe Importers and Manufacturers, The Square, Palmerston North. Head Office, Wellington. The Palmerston North branch of this well-known business was established many years ago. The premises consist of a double-fronted shop and a workroom at the rear. A large and well-assorted stock is maintained by the company, and four persons are employed.

Mr. Charles J. Page, Manager of Messrs. R. Hannah and Company, Limited, was born in the year 1876 in Wellington, where he was educated. He afterwards entered the employment of Messrs. Hannah and Company, Wellington, gained experience in all branches of the trade, and was for some time the firm's authorised customs agent in Wellington. In 1903 he was appointed to his present position. Mr. Page is a member of the finance committee of the Congregational Church, is a Past Arch in the United Ancient Order of Druids, and is also a member of the Friendly Societies' Council for the district.

Rickard, William, Bootmaker and Saddler, Fitzherbert Street, Palmerston North. The bootmaking and repairing departments of this business were established in the year 1905, and in 1907 the adjoining shop with the saddlery business was taken over, and is in charge of an expert tradesman. A considerable stock of boots, shoes, saddlery, and accessories is carried. Mr. Rickard was born at Wairoa, Hawke's Bay, in the year 1880, was educated at Wairoa and at Napier, and afterwards spent eighteen months in the grocery trade. He then learned the bootmaking trade under Mr. R. Thorp, of Napier, and was employed by Messrs. Hannah and Company, of Hastings. He subsequently removed to Palmerston North and started business on his own account, but a year later the premises were destroyed by fire. He afterwards found employment with Mr. S. Thacker, of the Square, for two years, and then returned to the employment of Messrs. Hannah and Company until starting his present business. Mr. Rickard is a member of the Lodge of Foresters and the Orange Lodge.

Bunting, photo.Mr. W. Rickard.

Bunting, photo.
Mr. W. Rickard.