Sargood, Son, & Ewen from Stone's Otago and Southland Directory
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Dunedin: Stone, Son & Co. Ltd
In about 1888 or 1889 Mellor began work at the Sargood , Son and Ewen boot factory. His job was either a ‘boot clicker’ – cutting the uppers for shoes or boots from a sheet of leather – or, according to A.H. Reed – a ‘finisher’, who rubbed down soles, blackened and waxed boots for protection and appearance. Mellor was already setting his educational goals. A foreman called him ‘studious’ and recollected that Mellor pondered ‘over mysterious books during lunch hour and whenever the factory was at a standstill’ (Reed).
John Stone, “Sargood, Son, & Ewen from Stone's Otago and Southland Directory,” ourheritage.ac.nz | OUR Heritage, accessed December 9, 2021, https://otago.ourheritage.ac.nz/items/show/8882.
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