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

Wheel Traffic

Wheel Traffic.

The Dominion Stables (D. St. John, proprietor), Church Street, Palmerston North. The stables oscupy a site between the Club Hotel and the Opera House, and consist of a modern wooden building, conveniently appointed, with an office and ladies' waiting room. There is accommodation for a large number of horses and vehicles; the working plant comprises drags, coaches, cabs, buggies, and small traps, and only reliable and trustworthy horses are kept.

Mr. Daniel St. John was born in Tipperary, Ireland, in the year 1861, and after leaving school came to New Zealand in 1878. For eighteen months he taught in a Roman Catholic school in Napier, which position he resigned on account of ill-health. From that time he has been chiefly engaged amongst horses, first as a cab proprietor, and later in Hastings, where he had charge of Mr. Loughlan's training stables for fourteen years. He then removed to Palmerston North, and subsequently became proprietor of Tattersall's Royal Horse Bazaar in Rangitikei Street, which he disposed of in order to take up the Dominion Stables.

Lane, John, Carting Contractor, “Tutupurapura,” Manawatu Street, Palmerston North. This business was established in the year 1879, and consists of agricultural and road-forming contracts, and supplying metal to the borough council. Six men, twelve horses, and nine carts are constantly employed. Mr. Lane was born in Falmouth, Cornwall, in the year 1856, was educated at the Catholic school, brought up to farming pursuits, and later learned the butchering trade. In the year 1874 he emigrated to New Zealand in the ship “Douglas,” and settled at Awapuni, near Palmerston North, where he carried on dairy farming for a few years in conjunction with Mr. Henry Waldegrave. He subsequently bought a property near the township, which he farmed in conjunction with the contracting business. Mr. Lane afterwards sold this property, and in April, 1902, acquired his present property of forty acres part of the site of the old Maori pa, on the right bank of the Manawatu river, about a mile and a half from the post office—on which dairy farming and cropping are carried on. Mr. Lane is married, and has eight sons and two daughters.

Smith, Arthur James, Forwarding Agent, King Street and Queen Street, Palmerston North. This business was established by Mr. Smith, and has become one of the largest inland carrying and forwarding agencies in the province. Mr. Smith has also established sample rooms, and conducts various agencies in connection with his business. He was born in Wellington in the year 1863, subsequently learned farming, and in 1886 removed to Wellington, where for fourteen years he conducted a carrying business. He then settled in Palmerston North, where he has since carried on a successful business. Mr. Smith married Miss Clark, in 1887, and has three sons and five daughters.