This warehouse, containing the largest stock of furniture and furnishing materials in the colony, is situated at the junction of Tuam and High streets, to which it has a frontage of 110 feet. The buildings, timber yards, stables, &c., cover an area of over an acre, having a frontage to St. Asaph-street in the rear, and an entrance from Manchester-street on the western side. Entering the new brick building from Tuam-street, the visitor comes to the carpet department, a spacious and lofty room 50 feet wide and 80 feet long. In this room there is a very large display of all kinds of carpets, including Axminster, Turkey, Brussels, Indian, Kidderminster, and a considerable number of locally-made carpets. Rugs of all kinds are also here, including hearth-rugs, opposum skin rugs, and a very choice selection of locally-made sheepskin rugs, which are really better than the imported article, and which, indeed, have shut out the latter from our market. On one side of this room are stored large supplies of Kaiapoi, Roslyn, and English blankets; also, cretonnes, and furniture coverings of every description, some being of exquisite designs, and a considerable supply of beautiful tapestry window curtains. In one corner of this room is displayed a charming collection of Japanese goods, which Mr. White makes a specialty of. They include China and bronze ware, lacquered ware, Satsuma ware, Japanese embroidered silks for cushion covers, and a crowd of sundries, such as screens, pincushions in all colours, and umbrellas, from small children’s playthings to garden ones eight or nine feet in diameter.
Mr. A. J. White’s Furniture Warehouse and Manufactory from Illustrated Guide to Christchurch and Neighbourhood by M. Mosley, 1885. NZETC.
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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.