Story: Shops

Draper’s advertisement, 1873

J. McDowell and Co. operated a drapery in the 1870s on the corner of Lambton Quay and Willis Street in Wellington – still a well-known shopping spot. There were very few industries in early colonial New Zealand, and almost all of the produce sold in shops was imported, mostly from Britain.

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Carl Walrond, 'Shops - Early shops', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 19 August 2022)

Story by Carl Walrond, published 11 Mar 2010, updated 1 Sep 2016