Auckland Libraries: Farmers Trading Co

Farmers Trading Co with Ted Dickens

Wednesday 8 May 12pm to 1pm Free

Beginning in 1953 with his first job as a message boy for the Farmers Trading Company, Ted Dickens held many positions and ended up staying for 33 years.

Coloured postcard of the Farmers Trading Company in Hobson Street, with Santa Claus on the corner. Auckland Libraries Heritage Collections, 9-1

Drawing on that long-time association comes this fascinating talk on Robert Laidlaw's founding of Farmers, and the growth of his mail-order dream into the renowned Kiwi department store it became.

Bio: Ted Dickens started with the company aged 15 in 1953 as a message boy and held many different positions with them in different areas. He was a Merchandise Controller responsible for $300 million in sales when he eventually left the company in 1986.


There will be a sign language interpreter at this HeritageTalk event for New Zealand Sign Language Week.


About HeritageTalks

Are you interested in family and local history; the historical stories of New Zealand, the Pacific, and beyond?


Then why not come along to one of our HeritageTalks - Waha pū-taonga and hear more about both our personal and our shared heritage? Experts in specialised fields deliver these talks and provide insight into our histories. 


HeritageTalks take place at least fortnightly, in the Whare Wānanga, Level 2, Central City Library unless otherwise stated. Booking is recommended although not essential.


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Coloured postcard of the Farmers Trading Company in Hobson Street, with Santa Claus on the corner. Auckland Libraries Heritage Collections, 9-1

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