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Petone's First 100 Years (1940)

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Refreshing Petone Citizens.
Thomson Lewis & Co., Ltd.

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Before Petone was a borough, in fact 53 years ago, the firm of Thomson Lewis and Co., Ltd., was a household word in the district, for in those early days the firm had a regular delivery of its famous aerated waters and cordials. At that time, there were only two hotels in the town, and very few shops to trade in the firm's products.
In those days, delivery was made with difficulty over the rough mud track known as the Hutt Road, by a horse and van; to-day, marching with the times, the firm's special motor delivery caters for the district's needs.
Business with Petone had not long been established when the far-seeing proprietors saw the advantages of the district for manufacturing purposes, and, in 1891, largely because an abundance of pure artesian water was available, the firm erected the above premises in Buick Street.
The public demand for the pure beverages which the firm produces, has built up an ever increasing business, and the production for the Hutt Valley and Eastbourne is carried out under perfect hygienic conditions in the Petone factory.
The excellence of the Thomson Lewis products is evidenced in the fact that, in 1898, the firm was awarded the London Gold medal with 168 points, beating forty competitors from all parts of the world. This is a fact of which not only the firm is proud, but in which every Petone citizen rejoices.
In private homes, shops, and hotel bars, the refreshing effect of the firm's drinks is known, and since it was first established in the very small way in Jackson Street, the Petone Working Men's Club has regularly stocked Thomson Lewis' products.
Regular deliveries are made and orders by telephone (63–167) receive strict attention.
The firm desires to place on record its pride in the town, and wishes every citizen prosperity and happiness.

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