Friday, November 16, 2012

Hillyard's Shop House, Woolloongabba

On 29 December 1881, 78-year old Irish immigrant George Hillyard died at his residence at Stanley St, South Brisbane. The death notice in The Queenslander shortly afterwards indicated that he had passed away after a long and painful illness. This is the house where George and his family had lived for close on twenty years - it is situated next to the property we saw in the last post, Shop Row.  
(Photo: © 2012 the foto fanatic)

The residence was upstairs, and downstairs George ran a watchmaker's business with a shopfront to Stanley St. The building was completed around 1865, and after George's business opened the building was topped with a clock to advertise his wares. Unfortunately the clock is no longer present. George and his family may not have been in Australia for all that long at this time - I found a reference to a George Hillyard, watchmaker, resident of Dublin in 1862.

Following George's death, his son continued the business until 1885 when the property was sold. A succession of businesses have subsequently operated here as the suburb has waxed and waned over decades. Fortunately it is still with us, and with heritage listing, it should survive for much longer.

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