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This topic relates to the snowfalls that occured in Cuba Street on Monday the 15th and Tuesday the 16th of August 2011


  The book is unpublished but a copy is in the National Library & the Hocken Library. It includes references to the printing trade & the printing business L.T. Watkins established in Cuba Street, Wellington.

 This note contributed by his grand daughter Annette Moffat. email:

Obituary - Madame Louise.

Renée Charlton was born in 1914 in Normandy, France.

She began her restaurant career at Montmartre restaurant in Molesworth street before moving to the Commercial Travellers Club and the Bart COx's Cafe du Boulevard in Victoria Street. After a short return to the CTC she established Le Normandie restaurant in Cuba Street in 1961.

She also ran Caprice in Oriental Bay with her niece Christiane White as manager.

She retired in 1973, selling Le Normandie to Drago Kovac.

Madame Louise died on October 24th 1994 in Wellington, survived by her husband Roy Charlton.

(This information taken from Kitchin, Peter. "Grande Dame

The following passage is from a Wellington Cosmo Magazine article about the D.I.C store on Lambton Quay:

"Then there was "Cuba Street Lil", who mooched around the store from 1973 through to 1980. She used to glide in mid-afternoon and make her exit near closing time with her pockets bulging.

"Into the ladies rooms," Mr Hopper, the personnel manager, would instruct the cleaning staff. "Cuba Street Lil" has uplifted all the soap and loo paper."

"Cuba Street Lil" received her marching orders in 1980, when it was discovered she was soliciting from the coffee bar and upsetting the customers. "I'll

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Elsdon Best, Tom Wyatt and William Williams, the Old Shebang, Cuba Street, Wellington, 1883.

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