CYCLOPEDIA OF NZ 1897
Bedford, George: Umbrella Maker, Working Cutler, Glass, and China Rivetter, 181 Lambton Quay, Wellington. Mr. Bedford is a native of Ramsay, Huntingdonshire, and arrived in Dunedin in 1874, per ship `Tweed.' He at once established himself in business and continued in the southern city till 1879, when he removed to Wellington, where he has conducted a snug little trade for fifteen years. He is a direct importer of materials for the manufacture of umbrellas, which are his speciality, making the same to order, both wholesale and retail. Mr. Bedford holds a special appointment to His Excellency the Earl of Glasgow. Scissors, knives, and razors are ground on the premises, chairs are recaned and repairing work undertaken. The shop is central, and possesses a reputation for thoroughness.
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