Simpson & Williams, 238 High Street, Christchurch: Picturing Canterbury

This store advertised itself as "The busy booksellers, stationers and printers ". Envelopes, writing paper, pen and ink were provided free. Stamps could be purchased here, as could postcards of local and New Zealand views, magazines, etc.


The business had its origins in a printing and stationery firm, founded in 1862 by J.T. Hughes which, in 1878, was purchased by Alfred Simpson and J.S. Williams. The store remained in operation until 1972, with the printing business closing in the following year.

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Simpson & Williams, 238 High Street, Christchurch

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