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From: "Elaine Mattsen" <>
Subject: [HB-PB] Fw: George FAULKNOR.doc
Date: Sun, 24 Nov 2002 12:57:15 +1300

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From: Elaine Mattsen
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Ref Story of Napier 1874-1974 Page 45 Ref One

Besides its major water and drainage works, the council devoted some of its revenue to street maintenance and gas lighting. These services caused some complaints, including one which recurred in the 1880’s namely, that road works favoured the houses and business premises of the “Hastings Street clique” on the council. This ‘clique’ was a group of businessmen, including G H SWAN and George FAULKNOR, who owned shops, warehouses, breweries and other property in Hastings Street. Local rivalries asise, street maintenance appears to have improved during this time. The council also made some temporary repairs to the sea wall (begun during the 1860’s) and paths along the future Marine Parade, then known as the Beach Road. The need for more protection of Napier’s best promanade was illustrated by a massive wave of May 1877, which knocked two cottages of their piles, flooded several shops, and smashed the front of the Court House.

Page 65 Ref Two- Council Meeting of March 1889- reported in the H T Papers Past.

“more than once the ‘grave and reverend’ seignors who control the destinies of Napier unbent even to the extent of a loud guffaw. Cr (George) FAULKNOR was the innocent cause of one. Cr. R. DICK spoke of the necessity for a water cart at the Spit, but Cr. FAULKNOR, who is a little deaf, evidently mistook the subject of discussion, and solemnly explained that it was the resident’s own fault that the road was out of repair. The laughter which astonished Cr FAULKNO also drowned the rest of his explanation. When Cr F G SMITH spoke on the same subject he referred several times to the “business part of the Spit.”

Ref Three Page 69.

1886. Robert HOLT, whose Napier Steam Saw, Sash and Door Manufactory, had been shifted from Emerson Street to Hastings Street in 1872, opened it on yet another site, fronting Thackeray and Carlyle Streets. Choses for its proximity to the railway station, this site had yards for the storage and seasoning of timber, as well as its mill, offices, store andf stables. Other successful businessmen were J G GILBERD, and W PLOWMAN (cordials and aerated waters) H C ROBJOHNS of Robjohns and Company (Brewers), J C McVAY (saddlery), G.FAULKNOR (coach and wagon-building) and Henry WILLIAMS (ironmonger and late owner of the Vulcan Foundry, originally John GARRY’s foundry, all of whom had founded enterprises in or before the 1870’s.

(N.B 1 by Elaine. When I first came to Napier over 50 years ago I went to the Hastings Street School which was where the R S A Napier is and I lived right next to the VULCAN Foundry just along the road.)

(note 2) I also used to play bowls with a George FAULKNOR who was fairly aged then. He was a member of the Napier Bowling Club which combined with the Marewa Bowling club recently. George was involved in the building industry also. )

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