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Petone's First 100 Years (1940)


Petone's First Hardware Store.
Established 1899.

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Into the fabric of hundreds, probably thousands, of Petone homes is woven Bonthorne service, for the firm has helped, as well as seen. Petone grow from a few scattered houses to a closely built borough. Numerous Petone homes are roofed with Bonthorne iron, held together with Bonthorne nails and secured with Bonthorne locks. Meals are cooked in Bonthorne ranges, and the cheery glow of winter fires gleams from Bonthorne fireplaces.
In the year 1899, the late Mr. T. W. Bonthorne established the first Builders' and General Hardware Store in the Hutt Valley. To-day, this business is still going strong on its original site opposite the Post Office. During the intervening years, Mr. R. Wilson, Mr. D. Mclntrye, and Mr. A. G. Corser were connected with the firm, but it is now controlled by Mr. M. D. Bonthorne, son of its original founder.
Mr. M. D. Bonthorne, an old Petone Central School boy, gained his experience in Australia, and in England, where he was for two years with a hardware firm in Warrington, Lancashire. Returning to New Zealand after the Great War in which he served for four years with the Australian Imperial Forces, he was for a period with Briscoe and Co. in Wellington, but since 1925, has been back in the old town. Mr. Bonthome's one desire is to give to his clients the attention and service always insisted upon by his father before him.

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