Bon Marche

Blossom Festival Display 1960

Bon Marche window display for 1960 Hastings Blossom Festival

Text –

“BLOSSOM FESTIVAL 1960.
FIRST SOFT GOODS DISPLAY.”

Bon Marche

Bon Marche store in the Holden building, corner of Karamu Road and Heretaunga Street East, Hastings

Street address 200 Heretaunga Street East, Hastings
Built 1934
Architect Albert Garnett
Art Deco style – art deco motifs symbolising the machine age; original door architrave with stripped classical details and decorative veranda fascia; terrazzo shop fronts with metal framed windows

Herald-Tribune building at left

Bon Marche Ltd Register

Surnames in this document (please contact the Knowledge Bank for the full list) –

Algar, Anderson, Appely, Apperley, Archer, Arlidge, Armitage, Atkins, Baker, Ball, Ballantyne, Barnes, Bartholomew, Batchelor, Batey, Batkins, Beall, Beattie, Beaumont, Beckett, Beeby, Begley, Bell, Bennett, Bennison, Benson, Bettany, Bicknell, Billing, Bjoingaard, Black, Blackler, Blakesley, Blumenthal, Bond, Bone, Bosselman, Boston, Bott, Bourke, Boyce, Boyd, Boyle, Braithwaite, Brazier , Brickell, Britton, Broderick, Brodie, Bromley, Brooker, Broomhead, Brown, Brunton, Buckley, Budd, Burch, Burfield,

Earthquake Scene 1931

Bon Marche at time of 1931 earthquake was situated in Heretaunga Street East Hastings, opposite the Grand Hotel and near the railway line.

Westerman and Co., Millar & Giorgi menswear shops in same block

Executive Staff 1992

BON MARCHE LTD EXECUTIVE STAFF 1992

John Harwood, Simon Jones, Liz Bridges, Anne Greer, Barbara Strachen, Richard Jones, Yvonne Osborne, Debbie Whitelaw, Ross Jones, Wayne Dunn, Rod McBean.

Hastings High School

Hastings High School

Richard Jones standing in back row, 26th from right

Signed by RJ Thomson, 112 Hamilton Road, Wellington

Johnson's Store

Johnson’s Store, Hastings

Text on signs –

“Phone 111.

CLOTHIER.
MERCER.

JOHNSON’S

DRAPER.
MILLINER.

MENS OUTFITTERS.

SUITS TO MEASURE.

BOOTS AND SHOES.

SHOWROOM NOVELTIES.

FANCY GOODS.

SILKS.
DRESSES.

JOHNSON’S   FOR VALUE”

Johnson's Store 1921

An inside shot of “Johnson’s”, fore-runner of Bon Marche, taken in 1921.
Mr Matt Johnson is on the right, Mr George Murfitt is second left.

Marching Team 1936

Bon Marche Inter House Team 1936

1.  INA PATTERSON   SIMMONDS
2.  OLWYN JONES
3.  JOY JOHNS
4.  BARBARA EBBETT
5.  BETTY FROST   ORR
6.  BETH GUNN
7.  MARGARET HORTON
8.  LORNA JOHNSON[?]
9.  ANN MARIGOLD

Matthew Johnson

Matthew Johnson, founder of Bon Marche

Napier Store Opening 1961

BON MARCHÉ LTD’S NAPIER OPENING

TUESDAY JULY 11TH 1961

Selwyn Toogood arrives in this Fiat “bubble car” to the hooting of an old horn and the cheering of the crowd

A man-sized pair of scissors for a pint-sized job – cutting the ribbon

Squeezing out, or falling out?…to the obvious delight of the crowd

Part of the tremendous crowd – the largest in Hastings St.

New Year Photo

Staff photo

THANK YOU – AND HAPPY NEW YEAR FROM ALL OF US AT BON MARCHE STORES