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Traders and missionaries were the first Europeans to venture into the Waikato in the 1850s. After Cambridge was established in July 1864 general stores were set up on both sides of the Waikato River to provide for the 1,000 young soldiers waiting for their land ballots.
As farmers, these young men broke in their land and grew wheat and oats to sell to the Auckland market. The general stores sold sugar, tea, fabric, seeds and saddles, and so the Cambridge business area grew.
Duke Street was the busy place with two hotels and a church nearby. The selling and leasing of land through the Native Land Courts brought in cash to spend.
In our Cambridge Museum Archives there are some interesting business accounts showing the basic items needed in basic times. We take this opportunity to record a small history of those people who helped to make our business area the thriving town we have today.


From time to time we will add more names so please, keep checking back. If you find something or someone of interest in these pages, please click here to contact us with as much relevant detail as possible.
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Researched and written by Eris Parker
Ref: Cambridge Museum Archives


John Arnold Butcher
J A H Bell Coal, firewood and general carrier
A G Boyce Bookseller, stationery, fancy goods
Bycroft Bros General engineers
George Calvert Drapery and mercer
Cambridge Borough Council Local government
Cambridge Transport Ltd General carriers
Cummings & Cooper Booksellers, stationers, fancy goods
Geo Dickinson Bookseller and stationery
M V Dixon Solicitor
J T Douce Architect
E J Easter & Son Shoe store
Falls & Watson Chemist
John Ferguson Coach builder
B Garland Family butcher
H W Gibbs General storekeeper, Cambridge West
W J Halliday Coal, coke and firewood
Haworth's Book Club Lending library
G E Holloway Bread and biscuit maker
J Howe Boot and shoemaker
R A Hughes Mens and boys outfitters
Litchwark Musical
R W Magill Draper, milliner, clothier
W & J McMillan Horse shoeing and general smiths
W R McVeagh Plumbers, bicycles
J W Merrick General store, financial agent
Ralph Palmer Cycle and mower specialist
Premier Printery All printing
Raffinee Fashion boutique
H Riley Tailor
Chas F Ruge Ironmonger etc
Savage & Richards Grocers and Ironmongers
A E Savory & Co Complete house furnishers
The Sawyer Art Galleries Furniture rooms, undertaker, picture framer
W Souter & Co Motor car importers
T Steen Electrician
G G L Taylor Dentist
Dr H C Tod General practioner
R T Tudehope Draper, clothier, etc.
P J Turney Saddler and harness maket
Vailes' Shoe Store Shoe store
Waikato Independent Newspaper and job printing
J D Wallace Stock carriers
Thomas Wells Importer and merchant
Wilkinson & Co Plumbers, painters, glaziers
E J Wilkinson Bookseller Stationer, news agent
Jack Wilkinson Electrician







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