Ledger Book; 16-144


Ledger Book

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Account book for Dan Bowmar's General Store, Moir Street, Mangawhai Village. 'B' July 1910 is written on spine of book (very faded). 3/11/89 is written on inside front cover. Condition of book is very poor with damaged pages, faded writing and broken binding.

The Bowmar family (Joseph and Selina Bowmar) came to NZ aboard the 'Talbot' 1864. Daniel worked in the gum fields around Northland. He became a general store keeper at Kaiwaka, then to Mangawai, Waipu and Ruakaka. The Mangawai store became the head quarters for his business. He hired a large number of staff and had 14 teams of horse's and carts to collect and deliver goods. He bought Kauri gum from over 500 gum diggers in the surrounding areas. This was shipped to Auckland.
Attached to his store in Mangawai was a bakery, butchery and Post Office. His store was situated on Moir Street, Mangawai Village, where the present day (2016) Mangawhai Holiday Park is situated. He resided at Waipu from 1914 onwards.

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