Petersens Ltd Jewellers was established in 1863 by Benjamin Petersen and is New Zealand’s oldest jewellery business. After establishing a shop in High Street, he sold the business in 1914 and moved back to England,  where he set himself up in business as a wholesaler in London.

Petersens is now trading in Merivale after being in New Regent Street from 1939 until 2011.

Information from the Petersens website.

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We have digitised a rather splendid 1902 publication Tourists’ guide to Canterbury.

I will share some of the interesting ads and pictures from it in a series of posts - there’s lots of information about local businesses and places in 1902.