12th June 2023

NZ Tailors’ Buttons

H. R. Thorburn, Palmerston Nth.

Harold Ray Thorburn (1886-1969) purchased the business of Messrs Playle and Thorburn outright in 1919.

Evening Post, 18th June 1919, page 14.

Manawatu Herald, 16th June 1939 page 4.

Brown, Ewing & Co. Dunedin

In 1866 Thomas Brown and Ralph Ewing bought a drapery store from Ross & Glendining, calling it “Brown, Ewing & Co”.  They were clothiers, drapers and silk mercers. Mr Brown continued the business alone after Mr Ewing retired in 1893, trading under the same name. Due to the growth of the business, the firm rebuilt/moved a couple of times to larger premises. The business may have been sold in 1959.

Museum Of NZ, image #C.012311. Brown, Ewing & Co on Princes St. Dunedin.

Otago Witness, 29th May 1907 page 43.

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