Charles Begg & Co Ltd,
or Begg’s as it was better known, has an important place in New
Zealand’s social and business history. From 1861 until 1970, Begg’s
expanded until its network of branches and agencies covered the
country from Whangarei to Invercargill. Synonymous with music,
Begg’s was not only a retailer but also a manufacturer of
instruments, publisher of sheet music, promoter of overseas artists
and supporter of music in all its facets. Coupled with this was the
company’s major role in bringing overseas innovations and technology
to New Zealand by way of gramophones, radios, televisions and a
myriad of other electrical appliances. Meet Me at Begg’s
looks at the history of the firm from its beginnings in Dunedin to
its demise in 1970.
No ordinary business history, this is
an informative, warts and all account of the highs, lows,
peccadilloes and successes of the Begg family and the company it
founded. Lavishly designed, it contains more illustrative material
and period advertisements than any other business history published
in New Zealand.
Historian Clare Gleeson is the great-great-grand-daughter of the
firm’s founder, Charles Begg. This book was developed from her
masters thesis, completed at the University of Otago.
• hardback • 240 pages • 350 illustrations
and period adverts • index