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Dalgety, Thorndon, 1905


Dalgety & Co, Wool Store, Thorndon Quay, 1905
Denis Fortune Collection.
Architects: Crichton and McKay.

Dalgety and Co were active in many aspects of farming, and in particular wool production. They were founded in Australia, entered the New Zealand market in 1858 (initially in the South Island), and opened the Wellington branch in 1903. Sub branches were also established in Masterton, Palmerston North, Wanganui and Blenheim. Crichton and McKay were architects to the Wellington branch and its sub branches.

On the 11th November 1905 the Evening Post published a story extolling the virtues of the new Dalgety wool store including a ‘four horse power lift’ and electric light. The builders were Sanders Bros.

Crichton and McKay also designed a major addition in 1909, the building was made 50% longer and a new second floor added.

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