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Site of former Maxton's Store

143 MAIN ST – SITE OF MAXTON'S 1875 STORE

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Samuel and Henrietta Maxton arrived in Wellington from England in February 1842. It appears that Samuel went into business partnership when he arrived with Charles Elmslie as Maxton and Elmslie, Bakers, Pipetea. However the partnership was short lived; New Zealand Colonist and Port Nicholson Advertiser advertised its dissolution, by mutual consent, in November 1842. For the next 30 years or so he ran a bakery on Lambton Quay.

 

Susannah Maxton's brother William Thomas Dunn bought what is now 143 Main St from Thomas Kempton in March 1874 and set up a bakers and confectioners business. In 1875 Samuel and Susannah and their children came across the Remutaka range to settle in Greytown, and took over William's business.

 

The photographs indicate the family probably lived in accommodation attached to the back of the shop. After Samuel's death in 1884, Susannah continued to run the business under the name S.M. Maxton & Sons, Produce and General Merchants, Wholesale & Retail. She was assisted in the store by her son Walter.

 

According to advertisements in local papers S.M. Maxton & Son also carried Boston watches in 1887, and in 1891 were selling Strohmenger pianos. Note that the address for 143 Main Street in 1886 was The Bridge, Main Street, Greytown.

 

On 11 May 1893, at around 3 am, fire destroyed the general store, bakery and dwelling-house. The fire appears to have started in the kitchen between the bakery and the shop. A quantity of goods and furniture was saved, thanks to the zeal of the Greytown Fire Brigade. Susannah's home was replaced by the current house, built in 1894-95.

 

Susannah died in 1916, aged 89 years. An obituary appeared in the Dominion of 5 April 1916 entitled  A NEW ZEALAND PIONEER (right).

 

At the time of its sale in 2017 the house at 143 Main Street was called 'Scarlet Oak Cottage'.

 

All photos courtesy of Wairarapa Archive.

Greytown Sign Trail at 143 Main St Greytown

Wairarapa Standard 20 May 1875

Wairarapa Standard 3 Dec 1884

Evening Post 11 May 1893

S.M. MAXTON & SONS   PRODUCE and GENERAL MERCHANTS, Wholesale & Retail,

THE BRIDGE, Main Street, Greytown.

 

TEA. 75 boxes to be sold 15s;   50 ditto 21s 6d,   50 ditto 25s,   25 ditto 28s 6d,   25 ditto 80s.

AGENTS FOR NELSON, MOATE & CO.'S TEAS.

SUGAR. 1 ton I.C., 401b bags, lls 6d.   1 ton I.W., 12s 6d.   5 cwt C., 10s.

CANDLES. 100 boxes Pyramid, 12s 6d.  50 boxes Wax, fluted, 19s 6d

CLOTHING AND DRAPERY AT THE Lowest Possible Prices, For Cash.

THE BAKING & CONFECTIONERY BRANCH of our Business is unsurpassed in the Provincial District.

 

We make WEDDING & NATAL CAKES a speciality. We also make BROWN BREAD, a speciality. Dr Gilbert declares it to be in every respect excellent, vide STANDARD of the 13th August, 1886

ALL ORDERS PROMPTLY ATTENDED TO, AND DELIVERED TO ANY PART OF THE TOWN-FREE

We are Purchasers of FARM AND DAIRY PRODUCE And give the Highest Market Price.

We have also in Stock -Oats, Chaff, Pollard, Bran, Wheat, Oatmeal, Potatoes and Flour.

 

S.M. MAXTON & SONS   PRODUCE AND GENERAL MERCHANTS, Wholesale & Retail,

THE BRIDGE, Main Street, Greytown.

Wairarapa Standard, Volume XIX,
Issue 2006, 17 December 1886

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