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Petone's First 100 Years (1940)

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The Empire Hostelry.

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The Empire Hotel is one of the best known of the licensed houses in the town, being centrally situated in close proximity to the Banks and the Municipal Building.
The present splendid building was erected in 1935 when it was thought that the old familiar wooden building had outlived its usefulness.
Mine Host at present is Mr. Arthur Trower, who is well known in sporting circles throughout the province. Mr. Trower is a returned soldier having left New Zealand with the Main Body of the last expeditionary force.
Originally he came from Nelson and many will remember him in his younger days, playing football in that district.
Since coming to Wellington, Mr. Trower has been connected with the Miramar Boxing Club for some ten years as its treasurer, and was always in the close confidence of that noted sportsman, Mr. Frank MacParlane.
A very popular host who appears to be interested in all forms of sport. He is President and Vice-president of several organisations in the Valley and is keenly interested in the Petone Rowing Club.
The Empire Hotel has always had a good sportsman as "mine Host," and Mr. Trower is no exception.

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