Evening Post 9 January 1882
I, THE UNDERSIGNED, beg to thank inhabitants of the Hutt and Taita for the liberal support according to me whilst in business as Builder and Undertaker, for the last sixteen years, and as I am about leaving for Normanby, it is requested that all accounts against me be sent in for payment and all amounts owing to me be settled at once.
The modern chapels and catering lounges at Gee & Hickton Funeral Directors” two sites have evolved from a history of funeral directing in the Hutt Valley that dates back to 1852, when Joseph Hall began a wheelwright and undertaking business in Lower Hutt.
The firm, known as W Hall Ltd, continued in the Hall family ownership for the following 94 years, carrying out some of the more memorable funerals in the Hutt Valley.
When grandson Bill Hall retired in 1946, with no further Hall family members to take over, it was sold to Ted Gee and Robert Hickton and became known as Gee and Hickton.
The business expanded to Upper Hutt where it was previously well know as Springgays.
– from web site http://www.geeandhickton.co.nz/ourheritage.htm