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The Cyclopedia of New Zealand [Auckland Provincial District]

Nurserymen and Fruiterers

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Nurserymen and Fruiterers.

Including—Nurserymen and Seedsmen, Fruiterers.

Frick, William, Bayfield Nursery, Wharf Road, Ponsonby. Mr. Frick was born in Germany, in 1840, and was educated in his Fatherland, from which he emigrated to Melbourne in 1859, but subsequently went on to Sydney, where he was employed in the Botanical Gardens for three years. In 1863 he came to New Zealand, and on arrival in Auckland joined the 3rd Waikato Regiment as lance sergeant under Colonel Lyons. After three years' service in the Waikato, Mr. Frick enlisted with the Hawke's Bay military settlers for two or three years. In 1868 he returned to Auckland, and after varied experience commenced business for himself as a nurseryman. The Bayfield nursery is well situated, and consists of between three and four acres laid out in nursery stock, etc. There is a strawberry garden of one acre in extent, and the fruit is supplied to the leading, fruiterers of the city. Mr. Frick is a Freemason, and has held office as tyler.

Hanna, photo.Mr. W. Frick.

Hanna, photo.
Mr. W. Frick.

Yates, Arthur, and Co. (Arthur Yates and Ernest Yates), Wholesale and Retail Seed Merchants and Growers, Queen Street, Auckland. Bankers, Bank of New South Wales. Cable address, “Seedsman, Auckland.” Head establishment, Mr. Samuel Yates, 75 Shudehill Street, Manchester; Australian branch, 237 Sussex Street, Sydney, New South Wales, established 1887. This well-known business was first established by Mr. Samuel Yates in 1826, and is now one of the largest businesses of its kind in England. The Auckland branch was established in 1882, and to such an extent has the business grown that it has been found necessary to extend the premises, which now consist of a large three-storey warehouse with a thirty-three
Messrs A. Yates & Co.'s Premises.

Messrs A. Yates & Co.'s Premises.

page 401 feet frontage to Queen and High Streets, and a depth of 200 feet, and a total floorage space of over 14,000 square feet. Machinery for seed cleaning has been especially imported from England, and fitted up in the new premises, and the firm claims to hold the largest stock of garden and farm seeds in the Colony. There are seed farms at Mangere and Papatoitoi under the management of Mr. E. Allan. There are agents of the firm in every town of importance in the Colony, and a complete catalogue of “Yates' Reliable Seeds” can be obtained free from any leading storekeeper, or direct from the head office in Auckland, as well as the firm's other publications, “Yates' Garden Guide,” and “How to Grow Onions for Market.”

Webster, Josiah Daniel, Fruit Importer, 39 Queen Street, Auckland. Mr. Webster started business in 1888, and has one of the best establishments of its kind in Auckland. Mrs Webster has the reputation of being the most skilful floral artiste in the city. Mr. Webster has long been connected with volunteering, as he joined the Thames Navai Brigade in 1876, and the A Battery of New Zealand Artillery in 1882, and is still connected with the latter corps. He is a “crack” shot, and has competed in most of the Rifle Association meetings held throughout New Zealand since 1882. In that year he won the English national medal for not missing a shot throughout the meeting at Nelsoa. At Wanganui, in 1886, he secured second prize for the Carbine Championship, putting up the world's record score of ninety-five out of a possible 105 at 200, 300, and 500 yards, and also winning first prize, in the Wanganui Citizens' match. At Christchurch, in 1887, he obtained third prize in the Carbine Belt competition. At the Napier meeting, in 1891, Mr. Webster shot brilliantly with the Martini-Henry, and finished second with only two points behind for the Rifle Championship. He had also competed at Sydney and Melbourne in the intercolonial contests, with varying success. Mr. Webster formed one of the first teams ever sent to England, in the Diamond Jubilee year, and shot in the contest at Bisley for the coveted Kalopore Cup. Sixteen teams from various colonies competed, and Victoria, the victor, beat New Zealand by only three points.

Auckland Harbour From Albert Park.

Auckland Harbour From Albert Park.