William John Roydhouse 1869-1883

After losing his appointment in 1868/9, William tried his hand at several different trades.

He advertised as W.J.Roydhouse, Baker in 1874, but was to advertise that business  for sale in April 1875.

In February 1876 he advertises his services as a brewer. In the November of that year we see some of the troubles he was having with debtors through a court action for 10 pounds.

Also at that time he was having difficulties with the Council and its Councillors over chimneys and public toilets.

Perhaps the strain of it all was too much, for the next news report in November 1876 states :

On the 13th July 1882 William is again advertising his services as a baker, however  on the 18th November 1882, it seems William is in more trouble with the courts.

Seemingly all is well again as no further reports are reported on in local or national papers and he has commenced trading as a storekeeper by 1883.


WJR writes: I met a man then who said he was a first class baker and felt sure that there was a good opening in Greytown, but he had no money. I managed to get over that difficulty, and rented a bake-house and shop, and I learned baking and did quite well. The business was extended to Carterton and to Featherston, but too much credit and too many friends caused me to give up this venture.

I then took over a brewery and learned brewing-good beer too! But this was not successful owing to similar causes that closed the bakery. Then I built the store now occupied by Veitch and Allen in Greytown.


VEITCH AND ALLAN, Drapers, Clothiers, House Furnishers, and Boot and Shoe Importers Main Street. Greytown. The Greytown branch of this important firm was established about 1884, and is now one of the largest businesses of its kind in the South Wairarapa. The premises have a frontage of about forty feet to Main street, and expansive plate glass windows. The shop is divided into two main departments, the drapery and boot department being on one side, and the furniture and furnishing department on the other. The firm import direct from England, and carry a large stock, which is tastefully displayed. Four persons are employed in connection with the business.


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