13th June 2023

NZ Tailors’ Buttons

Beath & Co Ltd, Christchurch

George Low Beath was in partnership with Oscar Kirby from 1866 in Kirby’s menswear store (est 1860). After Kirby retired, Beath took his brother-in-law into partnership, and expanded into women’s wear. It grew to become a large department store. After the partners had both retired, the firm became a limited liability company. In 1977 the firm merged with its neighbour, ‘The Drapery & General Importing Co’ (DIC). The building was damaged during the 2010-11 earthquakes.

Beath’s card/calendar 1955.

J. E. Clear, Nelson

In 1895 Joseph Edward Clear announced he was carrying on the business of the late partnership of ‘Clear & Levien’ on his own in bridge Street, Nelson. He died in 1942.

 Nelson Provincial Museum: Joseph Edward Clear and family c.1902

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