New Zealand PO Directory 1896-97 (Wise)
New Zealand PO Directory 1896-97 (Wise). 1896.

The New Zealand Post Office Directory (Wise?s) 1896-97

Researchers are likely to find names listed in the following sections:

  • colony-wide alphabetical directory
  • town and city street directories
  • trades directory
  • manufacturers of English goods for export to New Zealand
  • banking and finance?bank managers
  • legal?judges and magistrates, court officials, coroners, crown prosecutors, sheriffs, barristers and solicitors
  • ecclesiastical?clergy
  • Road Board
  • insurance?company administrators
  • educational?administrators, tertiary educators, head teachers, private school teachers
  • medical?Otago University School of Medicine, medical associations, medical practitioners, hospital administrators, dentists, chemists
  • pastoral and agricultural
  • municipal?county, town and borough clerks, harbour masters
  • government directories?elected members, ministers and government departmental administrators

A typical example of an entry can be found on p73:

ABERFELDIE 20 m. W. fr.
Wanganui; Wanganui co.
Brook Alfred, settler
Collins George W. Otamoa station
Fernie Bros. (Christopher, David &
Drummond), Kaiwake station
Fitzherbert Norman,Aberfeldie station
McNair Mrs. settler
Mason Arch. Clifden station
Mason David, sheep farmer
Montgomerie Roger A. sheep farmer
Philpott Thomas G. farmer
Salt Eli, farmer

Directories are one of the most effective ways of tracing members of a family, especially tradesmen. Many small businesses needed to ensure the public was aware of their activity and one of the better ways to do this in an age before media dominated was via a directory. The value of directories as a research tool is enhanced when no census material is available.

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