CYCLOPEDIA OF NZ 1897
Cowdrey, William, Boardinghouse Proprietor, Halcombe Restaurant, Willoughby Street, Halcombe. Mr. Cowdrey is a native of Wiltshire, England, and in 1877, decided to settle in New Zealand. Before leaving for the Colony, Mr. Cowdrey selected a section of land in Halcombe, at an office in Queen Anne's Gate, in the city of London. He came out to New Zealand per ship "Northamptonshire," in the above year. For eight years Mr. Cowdrey conducted the business of a baker in Halcombe, at the same time cultivating his farm. In 1894 the Halcombe Restaurant was founded. The building contains eight rooms, including a comfortable parlour and a large dining-room. Mrs. Cowdrey attends personally to the requirements of visitors.
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