Section of Strand, New Amsterdam showing the Berbice Gazette Store, SW Wreford, Co.Ltd., and the NA Town Hall.
Thanks, Rishi. Brings back great memories of the good ole days in NA. I used to be enthralled by a unique, at least to me, and ingenious overhead cable system within the Wreford’s store of moving bills from the various departments to the cashier(s)… Anyone remembers that?
Wilfred, I am glad you remember the cable system. Many times I have thought about it but concluded I was just imagining things. Wreford’s was the only store in NA to have such a system. The first time I saw it in operation I was awed. I also remember seeing Mr CK Wreford in the store. He was a guy with a great sense of humor. The Wrefords had been in New Amsterdam since in the 1880’s, probably earlier. CK was great friends of the DeClercq’s, probably related. The business was nationalized in 1977 and became Guyana Wreford’s and later GNTC. CK Wreford passed away during this time and his heirs and successors were never compensated as per the terms of the nationalization agreement.
I remember that system of paying for goods at Wrefords also. The clerk write the bill , collect the money and put it in a cannister and put it in a tubelike piping system pattern and ‘vacuum’ it up the pipes to the office upstairs and your stamped receipt and change will return the same way back to the clerk and then you picked up your goods. There were 2 brothers I think and they lived at Ferry St by the CMC club.I remember Walter Khan and Hilbert Spence , Verbeke and Eddie working there. Herman Kunar worked with the Petroleum plant they had up the East Bank area. Wrefords and Sandbach Parker [next door] were indeed household names in Berbice and the owners were very much ‘Guyanized’ in that they were easy an friendly to talk with..I remember ole man Charles one of the brothers fondly,,,,
“Not compensated as agreed? The Govt of Guyana should be ashamed! Karma saw this!!!
Yes, I am the youngest child living in the Wrefords house hold. And yes the government took it all. But I do have wonderful memories of the store and everyone you spoke of above. If you have more picture could you please post them.