Myhill’s Grocery and Drapery
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Myhill family business in Carlyle Street, Napier – owned by John and Mary Jane Myhill
Store known to be open in 1877 as these items in the Weekly Mercury and Hawke’s Bay Advertiser testify –
26 May 1877
“The manual engine was got out, and drawn a little way down Emerson Street, when it was learned that the cause of alarm was only a chimney on fire at Mr Myhill’s store, which had been quickly extinguished.
LAST SUNDAY’S ALARM
John Myhill appeared in answer to an information laid by the Municipal Inspector of Nuisances with having permitted his chimney to be on fire on Sunday last.
Mr. Myhill in answer to the Court, pleaded guilty to the charge, but stated that his chimney was in such a position that it was not safe. On Sunday morning there was a small fire in the kitchen chimney, he opened the door of the room, a draught drew the fire up the chimney, and set the soot alight. He immediately threw some salt on the fire, which put it out.
His Worship said that Mr. Myhill had been aware of the state of the fire place according to his own account, for some time, and had taken no steps to remedy it. However, as this was his first offence, he would fine him 10s and costs.”
2 June 1877
“We are glad to find that the paragraph which appeared in our issue of Saturday, relative to Mrs Wilson, has had the desired effect, and that Mr Myhill has taken the matter in hand. He purposes raising a subscription in order to place Mrs Wilson beyond the unfortunate state of dependence she is now placed in by the late calamitous fire. It is to be hoped that it will be responded to with that sympathy which it deserves.”
7 July 1877
“There was some little excitement among the residents of Coote Road on Saturday, caused by a runaway horse attached to a delivery cart travelling along the road. The horse and cart belonged to Mr Myhill, grocer, and was in charge of W. Hall. The man left his charge in front of Mr East’s premises to deliver some goods, and during his absence the horse went off down the hill, through Coote Road, and on to the Marine Parade. When close to the Police Station, he went on to the beach, when the cart capsized, and the horse was caught. Fortunately the only damage was the breaking of both shafts of the cart.”