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The New Zealand Railways Magazine, Volume 8, Issue 3 (July 1, 1933)

First Department Store

First Department Store.

You got your fruit and frilleries in the same store in the good old days:

Oranges! Fine Oranges!!

On Sale, Ex Frolic,

1,400 Dozen Oranges,

A very superior assortment of Ladies' Shawls, Turnovers, Ginghams, &c.

Also a well selected assortment of Hosiery, consisting of articles best adapted for the Spring and Summer.

A choice selection of Ribbons.

George Waters,

Dixon Street.

Wellington, October 1, 1847.

However, one has seen in these modern days camp-ovens, jew's-harps, saddles, and chemises in the one big room in a backblocks store, in the King Country and up the East Coast. The convenient old Johnny-all-sorts warehouse still serves our needs here and there.