H & J Smith - Traders for 100 Years

Author(s): Keith Douglas

NZ Business & Company History | Secondhand

This is the story of a peoples' business. A business that has been part of the social fabric of Southland for 100 years. Countless thousands of people in New Zealand, and overseas, have at one time or another been affected by its activities. These activities in themselves have been quite widespread, probably more so than most people realise. Through all this, the company has been well served by its originating family and their descendants. Their influence has guided the company well through good times and bad. It has been fortunate to employ a number of talented people who have made a large contribution. It has been a survivour in the New Zealand business scene. It has come through an age when there were many such stores throughout the country, to be one of the few if not the largest and one with the greatest spread of activities. H&J Smith Ltd is a unique business, not only because it has been successful for more than 100 years, but also because it has been a large business where family ownership has been of prime importance. Unlike most of its contemporaries it has remained a public unlisted company mindful of one of its founders memorable quotations "Look after the company, and the company will look after you." A history such as this one is almost a story without end. I have tried to include most major happenings. If there are any gaps, I apologise in advance, likewise if there are any errors. I have been extremely heartened by Acton Smith's participation, enthusiasm and encouragement. Without his input the book would not have been written. Sources used include the two previous books published by the company to mark 50 and 75 years respectively; annual reports and company documents, "Service" and other staff publications. Fortunately the company has always had a sense of history and retained many items from the past -these have proved invaluable in constructing a publication such as this. Others that deserve acknowledgement are: Colleen Allen, Maida Barlow, Stephen Bewley, Ian Capitaneas, Gore District Museum, Allan Gray, John Green, John Grieve, David Gutschlag, Lindsay Hazley, Ted Jennings, Tania Kay, Warren Keen, David MacAskill, Rod Mackenzie, Michael Matheson. Ken McDonald, Allan McKechnie, Aisla Neilson, 'Ibm Olphert, Robert pryce, Alister Rance, Hurst Ridley, Riverton Museum, Alister Savage, Paul Scott, Jason Smith, L W (Jock) Smith, Trevor 'lbshach, Ann Williams, 'Ibm Wills and Alan Youdale.


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  • : 9780473072384
  • : Craig Printing Co Ltd
  • : Craig Printing
  • : November 2000
  • : 245x175mm
  • : New Zealand
  • : books

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  • : Keith Douglas
  • : Paperback
  • : 112pp
  • : BxW photographs