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BNZ - Geraldine, N.Z. 1876-2013+    

Timaru Herald, 18 July 1876 Bank of New Zealand
An agency of this Bank has been opened at Geraldine, under the interim charge of Mr. H.I. Nation.  J.L. Coster, manager. Christchurch, July 10, 1870.

By the early 1880s a permanent home was underway for the Agency, located on the corner of Wilson and Talbot Streets (where the Westpac building now stands). The building had accommodation for both the banking chamber and living quarters for either a bank officer or (more likely) a manager to live on the premises. From newspaper sources we are able to find out that the building was said to be a great asset to the town.

Press, 20 November 1883, Page 3
ARMSON, COLLINS & LLOYD, Architects, Gloucester street. TENDERS will be received till Four o'clock on FRIDAY, December 7th, for the ERECTION of BANKING PREMISES at Geraldine for the Bank of New Zealand. The lowest or any tender will not necessarily be accepted. Plans and specification may be seen at our office till the 27th inst., and at the Bank of New Zealand, Timaru, from the 28th inst. until December 5th.   

Geraldine 1884 premises and residence. This photo is from the BNZ Archives Collection.

Timaru Herald, 29 March 1888, Page 3
The weather during the past few days in the Geraldine district has been of a most variable nature alternating between heat and cold. Nor'-westers have been doing some damage, uprooting trees and forcing in and breaking a large pane of glass in one of the windows of the Bank of New Zealand. The hills at the back of the township are covered with snow, and everything appears very bleak and gloomy.

John Winstone - Bank Manager 1891-1895 

Press, 25 May 1891, Page 5
Banking. Mr John Winstone, who has been for the last fourteen years acting as the representative of the Bank of New Zealand at Te Awamutu and Te Aroha, has been appointed to the management of the Geraldine branch, in South Canterbury. Mr Winstone is regarded, says the N.Z. Herald, as being both capable and popular, and his many friends in this part of the colony will wish him success in his new sphere. 

Timaru Herald, 30 March 1895, Page 2
The managership of the Bank of New Zealand at Geraldine is about to change hands, Mr J. Winstone, the present manager, retiring, after twenty-one years' service. Since his residence in Geraldine Mr Winstone has officiated at St. Mary's Anglican Church as lay reader, and associated with the Geraldine Floral and Horticultural and other local societies, and in other ways proved a valuable member of the community. He will be succeeded by Mr Clayton, of Dunedin. 

Press, 1 April 1895, Page 5
Mr J. Winstone, the present manager of the Bank of New Zealand at Geraldine, is about to retire after twenty-one years' service. He will be succeeded, it is stated, by Mr Clayton, of Dunedin. 

Otago Witness 4 April 1895, Page 35
Mr F. D. Clayton, well known as a cricketer, has been promoted to the management of the Geraldine branch of the Bank of New Zealand, vice Mr Winstone, who retires on a pension after 21 years' service.  

Press, 18 April 1895, Page 4
At Geraldine on Monday a purse of sovereigns was presented to Mr J. Winstone, of the Bank of New Zealand, who is leaving the district. Mr F. R. Flatman, M.H.R., who presided at the meeting of Mr Winstone'a friends, made the presentation in a highly complimentary speech, and his remarks were endorsed by Messrs A. White, N. Dunlop, H B. Webster, and A. E. Hawkins, and Dr Heslop. Mr Winstone brifly [sic] acknowledged the compliments gave him and thanked the subscribers to the purse.  

Auckland Star, 19 October 1916, Page 2 Death
WINSTONE.—On October 18, 1916, at his late residence, New Road. Epsom, John Winstone, late at Christchurch, aged 77 years. The funeral will leave his late residence at 10 am. tomorrow for Purewa Cemetery. [b. 1839 in Tickenham, UK Rhoda Lydia Marriner b: 29 May 1847 in Raukapara, NZ married John Winstone in 1874 in Mangawhare.]

What happened?  The slump reached its bottom in 1887 and 1888. The Bank of New Zealand suffered badly and The Bank of New Zealand Act 1895 allowed the BNZ to write off £900,000 of capital. In November 1895 Colonial Bank and Bank of New Zealand amalgamated with the BNZ taking over.

Timaru Herald, 13 March 1895, Page 2
The Bank of New South Wales and Bank of New Zealand have for some time maintained branch offices at Fairlie, an officer going up from the Timaru houses on certain days each week. On orders from, the head-quarters of each bank, these branches have been closed, and the last trip of the officers, for the present at all events, was made on Monday.  

Timaru Herald, 12 June 1895, Page 2
The local manager has received notice from headquarters that the Bank of New Zealand will cease to do business at Geraldine after July 1st.  

Timaru Herald, 29 June 1895, Page 1 THE BANK OF NEW ZEALAND.
THE GERALDINE OFFICE of this Bank will be WITHDRAWN on and after TUESDAY, the 2nd July next. All Customers' Balances will be transferred to the Temuka Office, but arrangements have been made with the Local Branch of the Bank of New South Wales at Geraldine to pay all Fixed Deposits at maturity and to Collect Customers' Credit Balances. For the Bank of New Zealand. W. Callender, Pro General Manager.  

Otago Witness 18 September 1907, Page 40
Geraldine has experienced a mild boom in building lately, as in addition to a good number of private dwellings recently erected, alterations have been effected at the Bank of New Zealand; a new and commodious South Canterbury Farmers' Cooperative building has been completed, and tenders are now being called for a new post office, which is badly needed, as the present building is totally unsuited for the large amount of business daily transacted. Mrs S. Mulhern has also had a very ornate and up-to-date hotel built on the site formerly occupied by the old Crown; and this fine building supplies a much-felt want in the district. The magnificent back country here is a splendid asset, and the future of little inland Geraldine should be bright and prosperous. Two lines of coaches run from here daily to Orari and connect with all trains, and the travelling public is thus liberally catered for. Messrs N. Sherritt and Scott maintain the schedule time strictly, and this, combined with civility and attention, renders these gentlemen very popular with their patrons. Mr Sherritt also has the mail contract from Geraldine to Orari, and return, also Geraldine to Woodbury and return.

Mr. F.D. Clayton

Evening Post, 30 September 1944, Page 8
The death occurred in Wellington yesterday of a retired official of the Bank of New Zealand, Mr. Frank Dinning Clayton, at the age of 78. Mr. F.D. Clayton entered the service of the Bank of New Zealand in Auckland in 1882, and was shortly afterwards transferred to Dunedin, where he remained until 1896. He was then appointed audit-accountant at head office, Wellington, and after this work and a period of relieving service became assistant accountant at Auckland in 1899. In May, 1903, he became assistant accountant at head office and the following year accountant at Auckland, he held the position of manager in the branches at Feilding, and in 1913 for eighteen months at Melbourne, after which he was appointed inspector at head office, which position he held until he retired in 1930. Mr. Clayton is survived by his wife a son, Mr Keith Clayton, of the Bank of New Zealand, Palmerston North, and a daughter, Mrs. Rathbone, of Napier.  

Geraldine premises built in 1909. This photo is from the BNZ Archives Collection. Heritage Support: The Bank of New Zealand has very good archives, especially concerning staff. The museum is in Wellington. 1900 - 119 branches and 551 staff. 1914 women were welcomed to the staff. Postcard  

Sale yards

This is Pine St. Geraldine looking from the main street Talbot Street. The old bank spot is now a Shell service station. Photo courtesy of Jenny Baldwin. The metal triangle piece on the grass where the two roads part use to be an old fire bell from the days before fire sirens. Can anyone date this photo? C.W. McKenzie Service. STOP. THANK YOU. The old BNZ building (which was on the old Geraldine sale yard site at the top end of Talbot Street) was demolished some time after 1976. The site cleared as it was done using a Caterpillar D8 bulldozer which broke a water main and flooded the site. The year though it a bit hazy but would have been possibly 1977 or even a little later than that. Pine Street is now closed off at the top and used for bus parking in 2011.

Pine St. to the left. Upper Talbot St. straight ahead.
Fortnightly stock sales.

Press, 3 June 1899, Page 9
A meeting of persona interested in forming a Saleyards Company at Geraldine, was held on Wednesday, when there was a large attendance, and Mr Flatman, jun., was voted to the chair. The acting-secretary, Mr Wreathall, read a report of a sub-committee appointed to inspect sites offered, on which to erect yards. Messrs Dennistoun, Orbell, Scott, Thompson, B. J.R. Thew and others maintained that a prospectus could not be drawn up unless the question of site was fist settled, as it would materially affect the share list. If the site was to be in the town, the security would not, be good, because the yards might be shifted at any time by the Town Board as a nuisance. Messrs Wreathall and Shiers strongly contended that the shareholders were the right parties to decide the question of site, as they would have their money at stake. Mr B. R. Macdonald moved as an amendment, "That applications for shares be called forthwith, and a committee appointed to allot same, the site of yards to be on Mr Kennedy's land." Mr Kennedy's offer was five acres on the North terrace of the Waihi river, on lease for twenty-five years, at £5 per annum, with purchasing clause, at £20 per acre. The amendment was carried by 43 votes to 21 Mr Wreathall protested, and said he would not accept the decision, of the meeting, but would go on forming the Company on the lines suggested by him. He did not recognise the meeting as a meeting of bona-fide farmers. The discussion which followed was very heated, and bristled with personalities, the chairman having great difficulty to keep anything like order. Eventually a committee was formed to carry out Mr Macdonald's idea, as embodied in his amendment, the committee consisting of Messrs Metcalf, Wharton, Coles, Flatman, jun., and Templar.  

December 2009
A Shell Service Station in 2009 stood on the site of the old BNZ, opposite North End Garage and Subway.

Timaru Herald, 13 December 1880, Page 3 [Mr. Mundell's stables are just out of view in the the postcard photo below (to the right).]
Wanted Farmers, Stock owners, and others to know that we have erected new Sheep Yards at Geraldine, where we can Draft and Yard conveniently Large Mobs of Sheep, and Sales will be conducted on most reasonable terms. J. MUNDELL & CO., Auctioneers.

Evening Post, 20 April 1937, Page 10
Mr. John Mundell, whose residence in South Canterbury extended over more than 60 years, during which period he played an important part in the activities of the commercial community, died a few days ago. He was well known throughout Otago, and at one time owned the Bellamy-Beaumont and Maritanga stations. Mr. Mundell was a native of Ballyglenulla, County Antrim, Ireland. He was born in 1850. In 1870 he arrived in Dunedin by the ship James Nicol Fleming, and soon afterwards he took up farming pursuits in South Canterbury. When the railway was opened in the seventies, he started, in partnership with Mr. John Kennedy, of Temuka, a line of coaches between Orari and Woodbury, via Geraldine. He ultimately bought out Mr. Kennedy's interest in the business in Geraldine as a stock and station auctioneer. In 1877, and subsequently, he erected large and extensive sale yards at Temuka, and also started storekeeping at the former place. Latterly he resided at Timaru. At one time he was the owner of some of the best Clydesdale and thoroughbred sires in New Zealand. He was for years a member of the Geraldine and South Canterbury Jockey Clubs, and was also a member of the Agricultural and Pastoral Association. Mr. Mundell was married in Ireland in 1875, and is survived by his widow, two sons, and two daughters—Mr. John Mundell (Wellington), Mr. William Mundell (Sumner), Mrs. G. Anderson (Dunedin), and Mrs. M. Keith (Timaru). Another daughter, Miss Sarah Mundell, died some years ago.

Sale day Geraldine. Muir & Moodie photography studio.
The Geraldine stock sale, held yesterday, was a clinking one. Every line of sheep in the yards met with keen competition and were disposed of.

Timaru Herald, 1 March 1900, Page 2
The Geraldine Saleyards Company's new which were opened yesterday for the first time are a great credit to the company and the contractor, Mr J. Kalaugher. The yards cover two acres of the old riverbed behind the section on which Messrs D. Danlop and Company's store stood before it was burned down. The land being practically nothing but shingle it is most suitable for yards. The sheep yards are capable of holding 25,000, sheep, and the pens are made to suit all sizes of mobs. At present there are 37 sheep pens and ten more are in course of construction. The piggery comprises 14 pens, 6ft x 8ft, each with a stage which may be Used for ram sales also. There are nine pens in the cattle yards, the latter being constructed of five manuka rails with 9ft heart of totara posts 10 x 10, the ring having 10ft posts of the same. The sheep yards have 5ft 6in and 6ft heart of totara posts, 11 to the chain. The yards have every convenience for stock and are very substantial looking. The company, we hear, have thrown the yards open free to the public and the auctioneers, on the condition that the auctioneers hold each at least five paid-up shares. The ballot system has been adopted to decide the order, in which lots are to be sold at each sale so as to avoid confusion. The yards were full (11,5000 sheep) yesterday for the opening sale, and it fell to Mr Guinness to dispose of the first line. 

Press, 31 January 1908, Page 9
The first live stock sale was held in the new yards at Geraldine on Wednesday, when, despite the foot that harvest operations are in full swing there was a good attendance of farmers, and a better entry of stock than has been seen for some time past. The yards are situated at Raukapuka, across the Waihi River, and about two minutes' walk from the town. The land comprises 5 acres, on a corner where throe roads meet, so that it is well adapted for taking delivery of stock. Being of a light, shingly nature, the land is also well suited for yarding live stock. The sheep yards, which are built on modern lines, are conveniently arranged for dealing with large and small mobs, a convenience which will be much appreciated by stockmen. The new sheep yards are capable of holding comfortably from 40,000 to 50,000 sheep, which should prove ample yardadge for the busiest of seasons. The cattle yards are also well designed, and will meet all the requirements of the district for many years to The old system or driving the cattle into a ring is done away with, and all beasts are now to be sold from platforms overhead. ..The yards were constructed under the supervision of Mr Robert Taylor. At the opening of the sale Mr John Mundell, the senior auctioneer, made a few remarks, complimenting the district on having such complete and commodious yards... It was twenty-seven years since he, along, with Mr Robert Taylor, erected the old yards in the centred  the business part of the town of Geraldine. Those yards had served their purpose well, and had seen good business done in their time. Mr Scott, auctioneer for the National Mortgage and Agency Company, endorsed Mr. Mundell's remarks.

Ashburton Guardian, 2 January 1908, Page 2
Property in Geraldine is bringing high prices. For about a quarter of an acre, with four small shops, in the main street, a sum of nearly £2500 was given, and for a small shop with 21ft frontage no less than £850 was the purchase money- over £40 a foot. The new sheep yards in the north end of the township are nearly completed, and the old ones are being taken down. It is said that one of the banks which recently set up business in Geraldine will build on one corner of the old yards, and that a building for another of the banks will be erected on the Waihi Terrace just opposite.

Ellesmere Guardian, 27 February 1934, Page 4
Mr R. Townsend, of the Leeston branch of the Bank of New Zealand, has received notice of his transfer to the Geraldine branch. His place at Leeston will be taken by Mr W. F. Lewitt, of Geraldine.

Nov. 1962  WA58574G  "Whites Aviation Collection, Alexander Turnbull Library".
Nov. 1962 "Whites Aviation Collection, Alexander Turnbull Library".

Geraldine premises built in 1976, Talbot St. a location they are still in. This photo is from the BNZ Archives Collection.

December 2009 

Nov. 2011.
Noticed in Feb/March that the Shell garage in now Z – as are many of the petrol stations – Z Energy is a New Zealand-based oil company. It was formerly Shell New Zealand before it was sold on 1 April 2010 for NZ$695m from Royal Dutch Shell to Infratil and the Guardians of NZ Superannuation Fund. Z Energy now owns the Shell-branded service stations and supplies oil-derived products to commercial, aviation, marine, chemical and bitumen clients.

August. 2013 Z Petrol Station

Talbot St. Sept. 2013.

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Page created May 2013, updated Sept. 2013.