WHAT IS GEORGE MOORE’S?
Located in the centre of Gisborne, George Moore’s is a reloved store with an emphasis on the practical. Though we hope you see something fun in store, we focus on offering garments you can wear. Crockery you can serve food on. Rugs you can sink your toes into.
Our philosophy is respecting the past while acknowledging the requirements of modern living.
Hence our mantra: “Reclaimed. Reloved. For a new era”
WHAT WILL I FIND AT GEORGE’S?
Okay. We admit it. We totally play favourites. Crockery made by the late, lamented Kiwi company Crown Lynn (and its offshoots) is right up there on our “love” list, as are handmade pottery and the also-discontinued (in New Zealand) Axminster carpet range. So we’ve got a lot of that.
But we’re not purists. Exhibit A: We stock a selection of covetable marbled enamelware which, though new, fits neatly with both our aesthetic and our determination to value objects and ideas from earlier times.
WHO IS GEORGE MOORE?
Our great-grandfather George Moore (1883-1962) was, admittedly, no beauty – skinny as a young man, he had a nose (and ears) you could hang your hat on – but he certainly made beautiful things.
Born in Leeds, England, George travelled to New Zealand via Canada – where he married young Englishwoman Barbara “Nelly” Hayes (1885-1963) – the couple testing out Invercargill and New Plymouth before playing “pin the tail on the map” and settling in Gisborne.
A carpenter by profession, George had a shed out the back of the family’s Palmerston Road home where he would make everything from sturdy pieces of furniture to intricate jewellery boxes and, of course, his famous mandolins.
In 1918 George and music teacher Nelly formed the Gisborne Mandolin Orchestra (which included among its members our grandmother and grandfather, their daughter Mary and her husband-to-be Rai Shaw), the only mandolin orchestra recorded in Australasia until the late 1960s.
Due to time and circumstances we don’t have many of George’s objects left – especially his marvellous mandolins – though, for a time, great-great-grandson Luke Boyes played an original Moore instrument in the Auckland Mandolinata Orchestra.
This serves as a reminder that we should value what we have for it may one day be gone.
With thanks to musicologist Robbie Laven – reportedly the owner of a Moore octave mandola, a mandolin and a mandocello — for his research into George Moore and the Gisborne Mandolin Orchestra.
Photographs by Charly Walsh
38 Peel Street
Tuesday – Friday:
9.30am – 5pm
9am – 1pm