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

Bakers — Grant, Alexander,


Grant, Alexander, Wholesale and Retail Confectioner, Main Street West, Palmerston North. This business was acquired by Mr. Grant in the year 1906. The premises consist of a shop, and a factory (a two-storeyed wooden building at the rear of the shop). The factory gives constant employment to four persons, and the trade extends from Wanganui to Dannevirke. Mr. Grant was born in the year 1856, in Geelong, Victoria, was educated at the public schools and the Melbourne Grammar School, and afterwards learned his trade under his father. He subsequently assisted his father in Ballarat, and later came to New Zealand. For four years he conducted a confectionery business in Hokitika, and subsequently, after spending a short time in Dunedin, entered into employment in Wellington. In 1879–80 he represented his employers at the Sydney Exhibition, taking the first prize for sweetmeats. He afterwards carried on business for four years at Manly Beach, then returned to New Zealand, and started business in Napier. Two years later he sold out and removed to Feilding, where he conducted a large manufacturing business for about ten years. The trade increased rapidly, and Mr. Grant removed his factory to Palmerston North in order to have a more central location. Mr. Grant is a member of the Masonic Order.