The Manawatū Knitting Mills' Ltd was founded by John Stubbs c1888 and situated in Main Street, Palmerston North. It was a large employer of women workers. The photograph is thought to include Jessie Davis (later Henrici), who worked there prior to her marriage. A note on the back says, "To Jessie from Miss Burr'. Jessie (1907-1992) was the daughter of James and Harriet Davis of Palmerston North. She married Olaf Henrici and had two daughters.
For more information on the Manawatū Knitting Mills, see White, Jill (2007). "Women at Work in the Manawatū Knitting Mills." Manawatū Journal of History, Vol.3, pp.20-29.