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The Cyclopedia of New Zealand [Auckland Provincial District]

Plummer, Charles Bernard

Plummer, Charles Bernard, Straw Hat Manufacturer, Coburg Street, Auckland. This business was established by Mr. Plummer, senior, about 1876, and taken over by the present owner on the death of his father. The premises consist of a row of wooden buildings, where about fifty hands are employed; Mr Plummer having none but efficient workmen, who thoroughly understand their business. Mr. Plummer, who is the only straw hat manufacturer in Auckland, is doing a steadily increasing trade, and is proving that the colonial article compares very favourably in price and quality with the imported one. His business is chiefly with the wholesale houses, from which he receives some very heavy orders. The straw plaits are all imported, and consist of English, Chinese, and Japanese; the last named predominate considerably, but German ribbons are more used than any others. In 1889 Mr. Plummer took a trip Home, where he gained further experience in the straw hat industry. He is regularly supplied with all the trade journals, and is in a position to turn out the latest shapes in show hats. Mr. Plummer was born at Kaipara in 1869, and is a son of the late Mr. Charles Plummer, a member of the Port Albert nonconformists, and one of Auckland's oldest settlers. Mr. Plummer was at first in the Telegraph Department, which he left to join his father in business. He is an active member of the Orchestral Union, and plays on the drums, tymphani, etc. He was for some time a pupil of Mr. Paque, from whom he learnt the violoncello, which he plays for the Orchestral Union.