Monday, 25 March 2013

Old prescriptions book found

Earlier this year, John Veale, owner of Veale & Hulme, discovered several old prescription books amongst the rubble and boxes, during a salvage mission into the damaged building premises in Gloucester Street. The old prescription books included notes and prescriptions for clients' glasses dating back to 1906 and bear a remarkable resemblance to modern day prescriptions.

Ref: 31-62343, Miss Daisy Ormsby wearing glasses, Sir George Grey Special Collections
Veale & Hulme is one of Christchurch's oldest optometry shops. The business was founded by George Edgar Sevicke Jones (b. 29 November 1876, Waimate) who built the Sevicke Jones building in 1913, which once stood in Cathedral Square. The opticians was originally located in this building but by the late 1990s the building had become run down. In 1999, Veale & Hulme moved to Gloucester Street. The Sevicke Jones  building, which had a New Zealand Historic Place registration as a Historic Place Category 2, was demolished due to earthquake damage sustained in February 2011.

Ref: 4-2232, the premises of Charles Martyn Optician, Sir George Grey Special Collections
Auckland Libraries hold a number of heritage resources relating to opticians, optometry and spectacles in the main library catalogue.

Update (28/7/15): This post has been changed to reflect the fact that George Edgar Sevicke Jones was not an Australian.

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