Story: Shops

Carey’s drapery, Lower Hutt

Carey’s drapery, Lower Hutt

Carey’s drapery general manager Roger Carey enjoys a laugh with Ruth Williams, the shop’s longest-serving employee, as she holds up a pair of scanty briefs and some size-24 bloomers. The pair look cheerful enough, but the store was about to close after 84 years in business. The Carey family had run a draper’s store in the Hutt Valley since 1910, but by 1994 it was no longer a sound proposition.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Dominion Post Collection (PAColl-7327)
Reference: EP/1994/1455/18
Photograph by Ross Giblin

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Carl Walrond, 'Shops - Drapers and haberdashers, pharmacies and confectioners', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 25 October 2021)

Story by Carl Walrond, published 11 Mar 2010, updated 1 Sep 2016