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The History of Hunter Street
SOUTH SIDE of Hunter Street,  # 1 to # 851 (Page1,H1)
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A Historical Chronological List of
"Who was who in Business in downtown Hunter Street"
from before the turn of the Century, till now

Hunter Street developed as the commercial and civic hub of the region. Along its spine were the  pubs, banks,
insurance houses, shops, department stores, and cooperative societies that formed the civic and cultural life of
Newcastle. Today, Hunter Street comprises a rich collection of commercial and institutional buildings, many
designed by notable local architects. The quality and diversity of architectural styles found here are
testimony to the historic importance of the main street and its ongoing place in our local identity


Lost Hunter St.... Our story Begins


By, Spero Davias

(Updated 15/07/2019)

drop me an email at 
spero@soundworld.com.au

A Historical listing by property number of the early businesses of Hunter Street, Newcastle















This project is work in progress
as I find more information, it will be added

If you are looking for my other project on the
Greek Cafes of old Hunter St Click Here


Further Notes on the Hunter St Numbering System are here

Hunter Street has been divided into 2 sides, This is the South side  followed by the North side

This is the SOUTH SIDE
 OF HUNTER STREET (The Sunny Side of the Street)

The Highlights represent HotelCafePlace of Interest,  Night Club


East End
Center of Town
Civic Block
West End
<<<<<< Starting on the corner of Telford and Hunter St's and continuing west  along Hunter St >>>>>>
South side of Hunter Street, Telford to Pacific St Block... for North side of Street Click Here


Top Of Town. South Side of Hunter St, 1970's Now All Demolished (Photo Uni)

1 Corner Hunter & Telford Street's Newcastle, East End
  • 1926 - Vacant land among the Newcastle East sand hills
  • 1926 - The Wattle Cafe
  • 1930-1935 - F. E. Notley, Fruiterer
  • 1935 - The California Cafe, see story below
  • 1979 - The California & the surrounding buildings where demolished to allow for the extension of Pacific Park
  • Currently - Pacific Park  
  • The California Cafe was Relocated at 1 Hunter after closing down its operations at 147 Hunter St Newcastle (4 doors from Wolf St) in 1935 to make way for the opening on July the 30th 1936 of the new Selfridge's Department store. The proprietors of The California Cafe where Arthur Sikiotis and Paul (Polydoros) Paxinos. both originally from Stavros on the Island of Ithaca, Greece. The Cafe was renowned for its hand made choclates and pinaple juice The Caliofornia used to also cater to the needs of the many dancers from Tyrrell House accros the road. Mrs Drinkwater was saying that when she worked there in the 1940's she was being paid 25 shillings per week, thats about $2.50 on todays money. It was also noted that the California had installed the FIRST JukeBox which catered for the Americans when in Port.

Hunter St Newcastle,  East End
  • 1926 - Vacant land among the Newcastle East sand hills
  • 1930-1938 - F. E. Notley, Book Seller & Stationary
  • 1950 - Northern Spectacle & Optical Co Pty Ltd.
  • Note - The buildings where demolished in 1979, to allow for the extended Pacific Park
  • Currently Pacific Park 

Hunter St Newcastle, East End
  • 1920 - It was Vacant land and sand hills
  • 1920 - Ern Moroney
  • 1930 - 1932 Mrs, J. Field
  • 1938 - Ralph Sundstrom
  • 1950 - Liquid Gold, a clothing store.
  • 1955 - Beach Hut a clothing store.
  • 1979 - The buildings where demolished to allow for the extended Pacific Park
  • Currently - Pacific Park

7 Hunter St Newcastle,  East End
  • 1920 - Vacant land among the Newcastle East sand hills
  • 1920-1932 - William W. Chandler
  • 1938 - Mrs M. Thompson
  • 1950 - Shipmates Dairy Delight, a milkshake and ice cream shop.1951
  • 1979 - The buildings where demolished to allow for the extended Pacific Park
  • Currently - Pacific Park
  • Shipmates Dairy Delight Transcript From Clem Ashford: After opening Shipmates, I got the idea of selling donuts, I saw the people over the road  from my Shipmates shop, who lived in a terraced house, they were on the pension, and I offered them a rental for the downstairs and to do the upstairs for them and they jumped at the idea, because they only had pension money and for people who had no money all of a sudden had this money coming in in rent, every week, I think I was only paying them about twenty pounds a week, which was a lot considering their pension was only 3 or 4 pounds. I moved in there, and l had these donuts, all Kinds I of donuts, and they used to be iced with pineapple and passion fruit and strawberry icing and then they would have walnuts and cream and toffee.  I made up my own recipes. Before I started that one somebody came and asked me would I do the Dairy Queen, so l got the place next door under the same circumstances, and started off with this Dairy Delight, it was the same as Dairy Queen but it was Dairy Delight.

Hunter St Newcastle,  East End
  • 1920 - Vacant land among the Newcastle East sand hills
  • 1920 - James A. Miller
  • 1920-1938 - David J. Quinn
  • 1930 - C. Wheatley
  • 1932-1938 - J. Kelly, Tailor
  • 1950 - Shipmates Sugar & spice, Clem Ashford's very popular Hamburger and Donuts shop.
  • 1979 - The buildings where demolished to allow for the extended Pacific Park
  • Currently - Pacific Park

11 Hunter St Newcastle,  East End
  • 1920 - Vacant land and sand hills
  • 1920 - Mrs Cath Logan
  • 1930-1938 - Mrs, E. J. Harris
  • 1950 - Play O Mat, a slot car racing and amusement games centre. This was owned by Alec Hankin from A Hankin and company who later had an amusements, pin ball & Juke box manufacturing and office in Darby Street.
  • 1979 - The buildings where demolished to allow for the extended Pacific Park
  • Currently - Pacific Park

13 Hunter St Newcastle,  East End
  • 1950 - Take away Hamburgers
  • 1979 - The buildings where demolished to allow for the extended Pacific Park
  • Currently - Pacific Park



From the California Cafe on the left to the Kosciusko Cafe on Right (Photo Spero Digicolor
15-17 Hunter St Newcastle, East End
  • 1919 - Vacant land and sand hills
  • 1920 # 15 - I.M. Wilks
  • 1920 # 17 - Mrs E.E. Edwards, Fruiterer
  • 1930 # 17a - Mrs H. McGregor, Cafe
  • 1938 - The Beach Milk Bar
  • 1942 - The Kosciusko Cafe, proprietors were Basil Stavros (Stavrianopoulos) and John Rafty who were partners. The partnership was dissolved on the 31st Oct 1945, Basil Stavros stayed on as proprietor.John Rafty (Ioannis Raftopoulos) from 36 Corlette Street Cooks Hill arrived in Australia from Kioni, Ithaca, Greece in 1939. Later: The The Kosciusko Cafe was passed on to Basil's Son, Chris Stavros (Stavrianopoulos)
  • Note - Next door to the Kosciusko was Pacific Park which wound its way up to the old Royal Newcastle Hospital.
  • 1979 - The buildings where demolished to allow for the extended Pacific Park
  • Currently - Pacific Park



Southern end Pacific Park, Top of town,  Hunter St, with The Royal Newcastle Hospital & Newcastle Beach

Pacific Park

  • The smallest of the city's parks, Pacific Park is located on Pacific Street at the far eastern end of Hunter Street. Connected to nearby Newcastle Beach by an under road walkway, the park is a thoroughfare for locals and visitors alike, moving between Newcastles beautiful coastline and the citys shops, restaurants and cafes. In addition, the park is a popular location for festivals, markets and musical performances. Seating and public ammenities are available in the park.

Northern end of Pacific Park with Hellenic Court in the background (Photo UNI)

<<<< Crossing over Pacific St and continuing west along Hunter Street >>>
South side of Hunter St, Pacific to Watt St Block
... for North side of Street Click Here

The area in the block below, up and until 1930, was mainly made up of sand hills, before some buildings began to appear.
The Moccadore, Vogue, & Beach Fish Cafe c1940's (Photo Newcastle Library)

19 Hunter St  / 33 Hunter St  Newcastle,  East End, The Essington Apartments Building

  • 1930 - Refreshment Rooms, the proprietors were Sophianos Denes & Cutsuicles Denes,
  • Notes- Denes, was born on the Greek island of Ithaca. He was only 16 when he left home in a sailing ship bound for America. The ship called at Newcastle, and Mr. Denes decided to stay..
    He owned the Moccado cafe at the corner of Hunter and Pacific Streets right up to the time of his death. This was one of many cafe's located on this block.
  • 1940 - The Moccadore Cafe owned by Denes Koutsouvelis.
  • 1956 - All buildings were demolished for the construction of The New Nurses Home above and retail below
  • 2001 - The New Nurses Home was converted to the Essington Apartments, with retail & shops below
  • Currently - Moor Cafe and previously in 2014 it was The Bogie Hole Cafe.

21 Hunter St  / 35 Hunter St  Newcastle,  East End, The Essington Apartments Building
  • 1932 - Southern Union Insurance
  • 1932 - Fassifern Coal Co Ltd
  • 1932 - Southern Union Ins Co Ltd
  • 1938 - Croft Bros Pty Ltd, Colliery Owners 
  • 1940 - Dorothea Salon, Children.s fashion
  • 1946-1950 - Max Stemler, a medical bio-chemist, The safe and ideal treatment is the blo-chemic treatment. The essentlal elements are conveyed into the body ser medium of Milk-Sugar which is very pleasant to take and easily assimilated. If your child Is suffering from Asthma, Bronchitis. Stomach disorders, skin diseases or any other curable complaint. you ought to investigate my method of healing.Consultation Free.Over 25 Years' Experience.MAX STEMLER
  • 1956 - All buildings were demolished for the construction of The New Nurses Home above and retail below
  • 2001 - The New Nurses Home was converted to the Essington Apartments, with retail & shops below
  • Currently - Restaurant Mason

23 Hunter St  / 37 Hunter St  Newcastle,  East End, The Essington Apartments Building
  • 1930-1932 - Palais De luxe, Refreshment Rooms
  • 1930 - The Greek Club
  • 1940 - The Hortons, Tea Rooms
  • 1941 - Peters Better Cakes. its proprietors then were Peter Sourlos, and Alexander Zeppos.
  • 1947 - The Vogue Cafe, the proprietors were Alexander Zeppos from 58 Church St. and Peter SourlosIt had its own bakery upstairs.
  • 1956 - All buildings were demolished for the construction of The New Nurses Home above and retail below
  • 2001 - The New Nurses Home was converted to the Essington Apartments, with retail & shops below
  • Currently - The Essington Apartments, with shops below

25 Hunter St Newcastle, East End, The Essington Apartments Building
  • 1930 - J.A. Myers  Stationer & Bookseller
  • 1932 - A Smalley
  • 1938 - J. Neville, Newsagent & Stationer 
  • 1950 - T.J. Ledsam, Newsagent
  • 1956 - All buildings were demolished for the construction of The New Nurses Home above and retail below
  • 2001 - The New Nurses Home was converted to the Essington Apartments, with retail & shops below

27 Hunter St Newcastle, East End, The Essington Apartments Building
  • 1921 - The Oxford CafePhone B1980
  • 1947 - The Paragon Cafe purchased by brothers John Raftos & Nick Raftos, The Cafe was sold a few years later.  Notes :As advertised in 1947 .The New, Modern .Paragon Cafe. (50 yards from T. & G. Building,) We specialise in grills, salads, fish meals, and all kinds of toasted sandwiches.,
  • 1932-1938 - Charker & Co, Auctioneers
  • 1932 - Hart & Welford, Dressmakers
  • 1956 - All buildings were demolished for the construction of The New Nurses Home above and retail below
  • 2001 - The New Nurses Home was converted to the Essington Apartments, with retail & shops below

29 Hunter St Newcastle, East End, The Essington Apartments Building
  • 1940 - Reg Lazarus, Fruit Shop
  • 1930 - J. F. Leach, Cafe,
  • 1932 . C. Atmore, Cafe
  • 1956 - All buildings were demolished for the construction of The New Nurses Home above and retail below
  • 2001 - The New Nurses Home was converted to the Essington Apartments, with retail & shops below

31 Hunter St Newcastle, East End, The Essington Apartments Building
  • 1930-1938 - W.G. Watson & CoElectrical Engineers
  • 1940 - Kia-ora Cafe, 1943 Under new management
  • 1945 - Layfields, Cafe
  • 1946 - Kad's Cafe, FIRE IN CAFE 1947 Firemen forced their way into Knd's Cafe, in Hulonter-street, Newcastle when a refrigerator motor caught fire  at 5.30 a.m. yesterday.. They smothered the fire with cloths. Electric wiring on the motor was slightly damaged.
  • 1956 - All existing buildings were demolished to make way for The New Nurses Home above 
  • 2001 - Nurses Home converted to the Essington Apartments, with shops below
  • Property Owner:G GERARDI & R GERARDI 2289

33 Hunter St Newcastle, East End, The Essington Apartments Building
  • 1930 - Gordon & Gotch Aust Ltd, Wholesale Newsagents, the largest independent distributor and wholesaler of printed media which includes magazines, partworks and books.
  • 1941 - 1st floor, School of Dancing (Opp. The Old .Sun. Building). Principal: Jeanne Nicholas.
  • 1940 - Vacant
  • 1956 - All existing buildings were demolished to make way for The New Nurses Home above 
  • 2001 - Nurses Home converted to the Essington Apartments, with shops below
  • Property Owner:G GERARDI & R GERARDI 2289


Beach Fish Cafe and others (Photo late Percy Sternbeck) 1986

35 Hunter St Newcastle, East End, The Essington Apartments Building
  • 1920 - Union Pictures Ltd
  • 1938 - The Newcastle Registration Board
  • 1932-1940 - The Newcastle Jockey Club Ltd.
  • 1940 - The Newcastle Rugby Football League
  • 1950 - Browns Boot Hospital,  Boot and Shoe repairers.
  • 1956 - All buildings were demolished for the construction of The New Nurses Home above and retail below
  • 2001 - The New Nurses Home was converted to the Essington Apartments, with retail & shops below

37 Hunter St Newcastle, East End, The Essington Apartments Building
  • 1930-1938 - Johnson & Hey, Typewriter Agents
  • Note - All buildings were demolished in 1956 for the building of The New Nurses Home above which in 2001 were converted to the Essington Apartments, with retail below.

The Beach Fish Cafe, with George Davias & Staff around 1949

39 Hunter St Newcastle East End, The Essington Apartments Building
  • 1938-1944 - J. Litsa,  Fishmonger
  • 1944 - The Beach Fish Cafe, The proprietors were, My Father, George Davias and Agapitos Montiadis, (James George Morris) as partners, James Morris was the father of  our local Politicians, Peter Morris and  Allan  Morris that later, where elected as federal members of parliament. The Beach Fish Cafe was also chosen to supply all meals to the nearby Jail Cells at Newcastle Police Station just down the road in Hunter St.After the demolition and the rebuild of the new nurses home, the shops where handed back to the previous owners, but unfortunately the new Beach Fish Cafe turned out to be quite small which made it unsuitable as the cafe it used to be. James Morris took over the lease and used the space, trading as a Health food shop until he later moved the business to Hamilton...I remember walking down to Dad's shop to watch the Queen drive past in February 1954
  • 1930 - Lev1, W. H. Waters, Hairdresser
  • 1930 -Lev1, Newcastle Sports Club
  • 1932 - Lev1, D. Page, Hairdresser
  • 1956 - All buildings were demolished for the construction of The New Nurses Home above and retail below
  • 2001 - The New Nurses Home was converted to the Essington Apartments, with retail & shops below
  • CurrentlyRosina's Italian Restaurant and Pizza

41 Hunter St Newcastle, East End, The Essington Apartments Building
  • 1932 -Tom Thomas, Butcher 
  • 1938 - R.H.B. Carcase Butcher
  • 1950 - Fruit Shop owned by brothers John and George Lekatsas (Lucas). and earlier, owned by Basilis Tsolakis. Phone 354.
  • 1950 - Fruit Shop was purchased by Reg Lazarus. who continued to run the Fruit Shop up and until its demolition in 1957. After the reconstruction phase, Reg took back the shop and reopened as a fruit shop again.
  • 1940-1950 - R.H.Robertson, Butchers & Carcass.
  • 1950 - Australian Red Cross
  • 1956 - All buildings were demolished for the construction of The New Nurses Home above and retail below
  • 2001 - The New Nurses Home was converted to the Essington Apartments, with retail & shops below
  • Currently- The Essington Apartments, shops below


The Great City Oyster Saloon 1891,  photographer: Ralph Snowball

43 Hunter St
T & G Mutual Life Assurance Society (Photo Uni) c1940's

43-47 
Hunter St Newcastle, East End, T&G Building
  • 1890 - The Great City Oyster SaloonProprietor,  Zograf Hresto applied for a wine licence on the premises. It was finally granted.  
  • 1891 - Charleston Studios,
    1904
    -
    The Cosmopolitan Cafe .as Advertised,  The Cosmopolitan Cafe will be opened on the 3rd September 1904 when a splendid Band will perform a choice selection of music. The whole of the day's takings will be given to the Newcastle Hospital, Zograf Hresto, Proprietor. James Cofteros, Manager. As advertised in 1904, Mr. Zograf Hresto desires to inform the public that he has made extensive alterations and improvements In the premises lately known as The Great City Oyster Saloon which has been considerably enlarged both upstairs and down, and altered into a Modern Cafe, with Spacious, Ladies Room and all conveyances under the name of the .Cosmopolitan Cafe. which was situated next door to Washington H. Soul's. 
  • Zograff Hresto passed away around 1905 and the premise auctioned.
  • 1905 - The Cosmopolitan Cafe was taken over by proprietors, Sophianos Denes & Cutsuicles Denes. :As advertised in the Herald 1905, .The Cosmopolitan Cafe41 Hunter-St, Newcastle.  Now Open under New Management..Sophianos Denes & Cutsuicles Denes having taken over the above well-known Cafe, hope to merit a fair share of patronage by providing FIRST-CLASS MEALS at MODERATE CHARGES, and catering generally,for the comfort of the public at large. fresh Fish and Oysters. Daily. Suppers Supplied. All the furnishings are elaborate and up to date. DENES and DENES, Proprietors.
  • 1922 - The Cosmopolitan Cafe was taken over by The Rafty Brothers
  • 1923 - The Existing building was demolished to make way for The construction of the New T&G Building for McIlwraith McEacharn Line Pty Ltd and named Scottish House. It was designed by Spain and Cosh and built by Stuart Brothers. The cost of the building and land amounted to approximately £100,000
  • 1930-1932 - 1st Floor, South British Insurance Co Ltd.
  • 1935 - Property purchased by the T & G Mutual Life Assurance Society for approximately £90,000, in what was then the biggest sale of any single freehold property in Newcastle.
  • 1932 - Upper Floors - Queensland Insurance Co. Ltd.
  • 1937 - The tower added in 1937 became a feature of each T & G company building
  • 1938 - Upper Floors - Farrs Markets Ltd,
  • 1940 - Clue Ribbon, Refreshment Rooms
  • 1950 - Upper Floors - Cromarty & Turner who were Accountants.
  • 1990 - Known as Hunter House
  • Currently- The T&G Building

The T&G Building

45  Cnr Hunter St Newcastle, 
East End,  The T&G Building with various tenants (1920 numbering  system)
  • 1932 - Mollwraith, McEacharn Ltd, Shipping Agents
  • 1930 - GF, Ways Ltd, Cafe
    1932 - GF, Royal Exchange Assurance & State Assurance Co Ltd
  • 1932 - Basement, Railway & Tramway Institute
  • 1932-1950 - 2nd Floor,  F.S.Scorer, Accountant
  • 1932-1950 - 3rd Floor, W.I. Evans, Agents Manufacturing.
  • 1932 - 3rd Floor, The PMG Dept, inspectors & Engineers
  • 1932 - 3rd Floor, British General Electric Co Ltd
  • 1940-1950 - Upper Floors - Hunter Commonwealth Institute of Accountants, Institute.
  • 1940-1950 - Upper Floors - Blennerhassett Institute of Accountancy, Business Colleges
  • 1940-1950 - Upper Floors - International Correspondence Schools Pty  Ltd, Colleges.
  • 1940-1950 - Upper Floors - Lloyds Register of Shipping.
  • 1940-1950 - Upper Floors - Coal Carriers, Carrier
  • 1940-1950 - Upper Floors - A.C.Langwill, Agents Manufacturing
  • 1940-1950 - Upper Floors - P.W. Saddington & Son Pty Ltd, Agents Manufacturing
  • 1940-1950 - Upper Floors - MacDonald.s, Hamilton & Co, Agents Mercantile
  • 1940-1950 - Upper Floors - Boys E James, Chiropodists.
  • 1940-1950 - Upper Floors - The Newcastle Business Men.s Club
  • 1948 - Upper Floors - Jeater, Rod & Hay, Architects
  • 1950 - Upper Floors - Produce Broker, Anderson and Bond.
  • Currently - The T&G Building Formerly known as Scottish House. The tower added in 1937 became a feature of each T & G company building
  • Property Owner: CEDTOY PTY LIMITED 2300

<<<< Crossing over Watt / George St and continuing west along Hunter Street >>>>>
Southern side of Hunter St, Watt to Bolton St block... for North side of Street Click Here

  • NOTE - Before 1908, Hunter St began at Watt St. During 1908 the buildings on allotments 3 and 4 in Watt Street were demolished in order to extend Hunter Street, East through to the sand hills, Telford St & the beach. NOTE in 1909, one of the old numbering system, starting at number 01 Hunter St, on the corner of Watt and Hunter st's, so the property numbers ran West to the AA Company Rail Bridge near Crown Street.

The Australian Joint Stock Bank on the corner Hunter & Watt Sts (Photo Uni)1852

49-51 
Cnr Hunter St / 01 Hunter St
 Newcastle,  East End,  Westpac Building,  (in1909 the Numbering System 01 Hunter St begins here)
  • 1832 - The Australian Joint  Stock Bank had selected an allotment on Watt Street. The land, however, passed through the hands of two other owners before the bank opened its Newcastle branch there in June 1853.
  • 1852-1910 - The Australian Joint  Stock Bank (T.N. O.Neil, Mgr) The Australian Joint Stock Bank was created in 1852 by an Act of the New South Wales Parliament. It issued its firstbanknotes in 1862. In 1910, the Australian Bank of Commerce was registered in New South Wales under the Joint Stock Companies Act to take over the Australian Joint Stock Bank. In 1917, it acquired the City Bank of Sydney In 1931, the Bank of New South Wales (now Westpac) acquired the Australian Bank of Commerce  01 Hunter St
  • 1853-1950 - Bank of NSW,  was the first to commence operations in Newcastle. 
  • 1876 - The Commercial Banking Co of Sydney, (Percy W Vaughan Mgr.)
  • 1911-1930 - Australian Bank Of Commerce Ltd (George Alexander Mgr)
  • 1931 - Bank Of New South Wales, In 1931, the Bank of New South Wales (now Westpac) acquired the Australian Bank of Commerce The Australian Joint Stock Bank operated from 1852 to 1910, after which it became the Australian Bank of Commerce 
  • 1920-1930 - 1st floor,  Liverpool & London & Globe Insurance Co Ltd. in 1931 - Australian Bank of Commerce was taken over by the Bank of New South Wales.
  • 1920 - 1st floor, Newcastle Jockey Club, Newcastle Registration Board
  • 1920 - 1st floor, Liverpool & London Globe Insurance.
  • 1920 - 1st floor, Boolaroo Racecourse Ltd
  • 1930 - 1st floor, L Cavalier, Optician
  • 1950 - 1st floor, Mcilwraith McEacharn Ltd, Agents Mercantile
  • Currently - Westpac, on the corner of Watt and Hunter Streets        01chk


On the corner Hunter & Watt Sts,  49 Hunter St Westpac, Amp1986  (Photo late Percy Sternbeck)

53 Hunter St / 03 Hunter St  Newcastle, East End, AMP Building
  • 1876 - A Savings Bank
  • 1891 - Scott The  Draper.  As advertised .SALE of Summer Dress Goods, Delaines, Muslims, etc., TO-DAY, and until every line is cleared, as .we must have more room for our fast increasing Millinery Department..
  • 1909 - City Banking Co of Sydney, (Percy W. Vaughan)  03 Hunter St
  • 1920 - W.M. Shedden & Son, Auctioneers, real estate
  • 1920 - 1st floor,George Charles Greenham, Greenham Studio
  • 1920 - 1st floor,North British & Merc Ins Co
  • 1930 - 1st floor,The AMP Society
  • 1930-1950 - Donald, Chemist
  • 1938 - Bank of NSW
  • Currently - The City Pharmacy

55 Hunter St / 05 Hunter St  Newcastle,  East End,  AMP Building
  • 1876 - listed as Dining Rooms
  • 1891 - Mrs Prevost, Cheapest in the city for Christmas Presents
  • 1909-1920 - South British Fire & Marine Insurance Co Ltd, Later moved to Scott & Bolton Sts   05 Hunter St
  • 1927 - AMP , Commercial Palazzo. Finely detailed sandstone facings concealing a steel reinforced concrete structure. Erected at a time of rapid growth in financial institutions
  • 1940 - 1st floor,The AMP Society
  • 1970 - Pine's Fine Wines
  • Currently - Rowies Hunter Street Bottlemart
  • Property Owner:A J RUFO (Unit 6) 2300
  • The AMP building has local historical and aesthetic significance as part of a group of bank and insurance buildings constructed in the Newcastle CBD in the 1910s-1930s which transformed the streetscape of Hunter Street and consolidated its status as the city's primary business thoroughfare. The AMP building, as part of this group, signalled a new phase of commerce in the city, based on heavy industry, and gave banking and insurance a modern presence in the city in purpose-built premises. As a new, larger Newcastle premises of the AMP the building demonstrates the increased importance of Newcastle in the firm's inter-war operations. The building has local aesthetic significance as a fine example of the inter-war commercial Palazzo style, combining twentieth century structure with a restrained classical façade. The building makes an important contribution to the Hunter Street streetscape as a substantial and attractive Inter-War Palazzo style structure retaining the interior fixtures and finishes which represented the public interface of the firm in the early twentieth century.Interiors of interest.

57 Hunter St / 07 Hunter St Newcastle,  East EndAMP Building
  • 1877 - The Australian Cafe, Adolph Kuhnell, Hamburger Coffee Palace & QCE Dining Rooms, As advertised in the Newcastle Herald in 1878 "Wanted, a useful Man, for kitchen, apply The Australian Cafe, 7 Hunter-street" As Advertised, 1889 "Australian Cafe - Luncheon, Grill and Supper Rooms, 7 Hunter street, opposite Telegraph Office. The Dining Room is now open. Grills to order. Tea and coffee always ready. Meals 1 shilling
  • 1891 - The Australian Cafe was Offered for Sale   7 Hunter St
  • 1909.1920 - Donald Chemist, Robert C. Donald,  Chemist, in the AMP Building  7 Hunter St
  • 1930 - AMP Chambers
  • 1940 - John M Roggero, Solicitor
  • 1940 - 1st F, Sparke & Helmore, Solicitors
  • 1950 - 3rd Fl, Marquetta, a bag and Sack Merchant
  • 1950 - 1st F, J. V. Daniel, Accountant
  • 1950 - R.C. Vidal & Company, Accountant.
  • 1950 - 3rd Fl, Great Northern Discount & Fin Company Pty Ltd, Agents Financial 
  • Currently - Lucas & Associates Solicitors

59 Hunter St / 09 Hunter St  East End, Newcastle, P&O Building
  • 1863 - The City Restaurant.  shop 9 & 11 Hunter St,  as advertised, The Coolest Dining Rooms in the Northern District, are Fred Chambers. ( late Mr. Lashmore ) Ladies.Dining upstairs, where you can dine in comfort..  Lashmore's old established Pastry Cook and Confectioner's Business, with Restaurant attached, known as the City Restaurant, situated opposite the Police Station, Newcastle.
    1890 - The City Restaurant Mortgagee sale, offerd for sale as The City Dining Rooms 1891 Auctioned all fittings
  • 1895 - W. Mcleod, Books, Stationery and Newspapers.
  • 1909 - James H. McLean, Bootmaker  09 Hunter St
  • 1920 - Barnes Ltd, Bootmaker
  • 1930 - O. Ryans Tennis Shop
  • 1930 - Youngs Music House, George H Young, Proprietor
  • 1940 - The Queensland Insurance Co
  • 1986 - Newcastle Travel
  • Currently - The Medical Practice Newcastle, Dr. Lester Grace
  • Property Owner:C GRACE 2300


                      Left is the P&OBuilding, Center isThe Coffee Inn Cafe  c1940                                                   Coffee Inn 1986 (Photo late Percy Sternbeck)

61 Hunter St / 11 Hunter St Newcastle, East End
  • 1863 - The City Restaurant.  shop 1, (9 & 11 Hunter St) .The Coolest Dining Rooms in the Northern District, are Fred Chambers. ( late Mr. William Lashmore ) Ladies.Dining upstairs, where you can dine in comfort..  Lashmore's old established Pastry Cook and Confectioner's BUSINESS, with Restaurant attached, known as the City Restaurant, situated opposite the Police Station, Newcastle.
  • 1890 - The City Restaurant offerd for sale, 1891 Auctioned all fittings
    1909 - L. Davies, Pastry Cook  11 Hunter St
  • 1920 - Arthur Warner Smalley, Bookseller
  • 1930 - P.C. Rudge & Co, Tailors
  • 1932 - C. V. Ell, Typewriter & Office Equipment
  • 1930-1950The Coffee Inn, Refreshment Rooms, The proprietor was Nicholas Scott & possibly Constandino Scott. Locatedt next to the Westminster Hotel and right opposite the old Newcastle Police Station and Post Office. .
  • 1970 - Hungry Johns Cafe owned by John Argiris who took over the old Coffee Inn and totaly refurbished the shop and reopened as Hungry Johns Cafe. John was one of Newcastle's finest chefs, John sold the business around 1986 to Nick Raftos then moved into a very busy take away food store on the 1st floor of Garden City Kotara (todays Westfield).
  • 1986 - Hungry Johns Cafe was sold to Nick Raftos, who moved the business into his own premises, The Westminster Hotel just 2 doors away.
  • Newcastle Travel, Sandy Chong Hair Design,
  • Currently - Vacant Shop
  • Property Owner: J A MORGAN 2289


The City Restaurant.(center left) 1890  later the Coffee Inn

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Henry Asser, Bookseller and Stationer, The Yacht Club Hotel on right 1897 (Photo Ralph Snowball)

63 Hunter St / 13 Hunter St  Newcastle, East End
  • 1897 - Henry Asser, Bookseller and Stationer.
  • 1909 - William Moore, Solicitor  13 Hunter St
  • 1909 - William E. Smith, Painter
  • 1909 - Alfred W. Ackroyd, Architect
  • 1909 - Whyte & Dean, Electrical Engineering
  • 1920 - William H. Bruce, Tailor
  • 1930-1990 - Greentree & Robertson, Chemist
  • 1950 - J.A. Robertson, Chemist
  • 1986 - Hunter Street Books, Athur Warner
  • Currently - Doggy Chu
  • Property Owner:J A MORGAN 2303


Yacht Club Hotel 22nd February 1876 (Photo via Ricky Walters)

65 Hunter St / 15 Hunter St, Newcastle, East End, Westminster Apartments  Building  (In 1909 = 15 Hunter, In 1910 known as 65 Hunter) 
  • 1870-1890 - The Yacht Club Hotel James Hubbard's Yacht Club Hotel.... 
    1876 - Fire at the Yacht Club Hotel, Newcastle 22nd Febuary 1876 About 1.20 on Monday morning the city was alarmed by the ringing of the fire bell at the engine house in Newcomen Street. At first sound of the bell a reporter from the Herald went forth, and looking up Hunter St a densc column of smoke was observed to be rising from premises some distance up on the left hand side of the street, not far from the intersection of Bolton St. Upon proceeding nearer, it was perceived that the fire had broken out at the back of the Yacht Club Hotel, opposite the Court House.
    15 Hunter St
  • 1890-1990 - The Westminster Hotel Was Built on the site of the old Yacht Club Hotel after the fire of 1876, (R. Bonventi) In 1938 proprietor was C.H. Pyatt
  • 1990 - The Westminster Hotel ceased trading and was redeveloped into Apartments. 15 Hunter St
  • Note - The Westminster Hotel in 1990 and the license was transferred to The Mean Fiddler Hotel in Rouse Hill.
  • Currently - SushiNet on the Gr Floor and Westminster Apartments above.    ok15

            
    The Westminster Hotel  (Photo Uni) 

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67-71 Hunter St / 19 Hunter StNewcastle,  East End, The Commercial Bank of Australia Building
  • 1891 - The American Bar Cafe.
  • 1909 - Robert Edmunds, Bookseller
  • 1910- 1958 - GF, The Commercial Bank of Australia Ltd, Note: CBA of Australia merged with Westpac in 1982
  • 1917 - Formerly the Commercial Banking Company of Australia. Represents a period of rapid growth for financial and insurance institutions in Newcastle
  • 1932 - L, Dobie, Cafe
  • 1940- 1950 - J. L. Shaw,Broker
  • 1940 - Mutual Life and Citizens Assurance Co
  • 1940 - Dr E.W. Ferguson
  • 1940 - Eric ArmstrongSolicitor
  • 1950 - J. E. Capper, Accountant.
  • 1950 - Lamb & Boa, Accountant.
  • 1950 - R.S. Timbury, Agents Manufacturing.
  • 1950 - T.E. Flett, Chiropodists
  • 1950 - Dr E.W. Ferguson.
  • Currently AA Brothers, Computer Parts, and a block of Apartments above

73-75 Cnr Hunter & Colton Sts 21 Hunter St Newcastle  East End,

  • 1870 - Prince of Wales Hotel..1876 - The Bank of New Zealand,  
  • 1894 - Peter Paxinos, Fruiterer,  Restaurant and refreshment room.
  • 1902-1905 - Sam Barnett Tobacconist, Manila Cigars 6 pounds per 1000,
  • 1909-1938 - Commercial Banking Co of Sydney,  It was designed in 1920 by the well known architects , Kent and Massie who were responsible for numerous grand buildings throughout New South Wales.They were commissioned by the Commercial Banking Company of Sydney (CBC Bank) to build the present building. 21 Hunter St
  • 1920-1940 - The Commonwealth Bank Of Australia, Kent & Massie Architects / Classical Revival style. Formerly the Commercial Banking Company of Sydney. A substantial well preserved stone building, the tallest in the city at the time.
  • 1920 - Gf, O.Sullivan & Co, Tailors
  • 1930 - Fassifern Coal Co Ltd
  • 1930 - Southern union Insurance Co Ltd
  • 1940 - The Motor Traders Insurance Co
  • 1950 - The Government Insurance Office Of NSW
  • 1982 - The Commercial Banking Company of Sydney merged with the National Bank of Australasia in 1982 creating the National Australia Bank.
  • 2012 - Newcastle City Business Centre was launched as a Serviced Offices and Meeting Rooms facility It is situated in an iconic sandstone heritage building which incorporates some long established Newcastle businesses.
  • Currently - Commercial Banking Co of Sydney Building With apartments above

<<<<  Crossing over Bolton St and continuing west along Hunter Street >>>>
Bolton to Newcomen St Block
... for North side of Street Click Here

Rural Bank Cnr Bolton & Hunter St, looking west from Post Office 1972 (Photo Newcastle Herald) digi col
7Cnr Hunter St / 23 Hunter St, Newcastle, East End
  • 1876-1956 - The Criterion Hotel   (1883 Henry Buchanan, 1930 it was Sol Diamond, G.J.Pyke) Commercial House of the North, at the corner of Hunter and Bolton streets, Newcastle. Splendid Sample Rooms, Fine Billiard Room (two tables), and Unequalled Accommodation for Travellers. Demolished in 1956
  • 1876-1920 - John Broughton, Shipping Merchant
  • 1932-1938 - Electric Photo Studio
  • 1956 - The Criterion Hotel was Demolished for the building of the The Rural Bank bulding
  • 1958-1972 - The Rural Bank with various tenants.
  • Currently - ground floorBank & Out Of The Square, Store & Newsagent               23chk
  • Property Owner: MEZEI HOLDINGS PTY LTD (Unit 3) 2300


Criterion Hotel in 1956 Cnr Bolton & Hunter St, looking west (Photo ANU)

79 Hunter St / 25 Hunter St, Newcastle, East End
  • 1886 - John Broughton Ltd, Grocer
  • 1932-1938 - Alex Peate & Co, Tailors
  • 1950 - Eric Tandy, Mercer
  • Currently - Newcastle CBD Newsagency

81a Hunter St / 25a Hunter St, Newcastle, East End
  • 1938 - Back in a Day, Newcastle Pty Ltd, Dry Cleaners
  • Currently - Hunter 81 Boutique

81 Hunter St / 27 Hunter St, Newcastle East End
  • 1876 - Frank Alcock, Draper
  • 1909-1920 - Shaw & Sons Ltd, IronMongers, Hardware & Fancy Goods
  • 1920-1930 - Harcourts, Hatters & Mercers
  • 1930 - Hotel Brokers & Commercial Agents
  • 1930 - Jos Kelly, Tailor
  • 1932 - Silk Fashions
  • 1938 - Capewell & Taylor, Florists
  • 1947-1950 - Scott.s Milk Bar and Fruit Shop. the Proprietor was Mr Nick Scott.
  • 1954 - Fruit shop owned by George Lekatsas (Lucas) .
  • 1957 - The Brazil Coffee Lounge.  Around 1957 John Raftos bought the fruit shop from George Lucas
  • Note - The Brazil had the first cappuccino machine in Newcastle and people used to queue up.
  • Currently - Hunter 81 Boutique
  • Property Owner: M MIZRAHI & G M MIZRAHI 2029
  • The Brazil Coffee Lounge.  Around 1957 John Raftos bought the fruit shop from George Lucas and transformed it into The Brazil Coffee Lounge which was a small narrow shop but became very popular and upmarket so when the opportunity came with the closing of the pharmacy next door which had a shared frontage and was virtually one shop divided in two, John spread the shop over both stores and created one larger space. About 1970 or 71 after purchasing the building, John, renovated extensively upstairs and opened the Brazil 81 Restaurant with piano bar and dancing. It became very popular with special events, functions and celebrations. there were separate bar areas on the 1st floor. The ground floor was a Cafe, The Brazil Coffee Lounge. The building was sold in 1979 to a consortium from Sydney. The Brazil had the first cappuccino machine in Newcastle and people used to queue up.


83 Hunter St / 29 Hunter St, Newcastle East End

  • 1876 - London Chartered Bank Of Australia
  • 1909 - The Government Savings Bank
  • 1920-1938 - George A. Campbell, Hairdresser (double size shop 83-85 Hunter st)
  • Currently - La Femme

85 Hunter St / 31 Hunter St, Newcastle  East End 
  • 1876 - G. Tribe, Tobacconist
  • 1909-1950 - George H. Campbell, Hairdresser,  (double size shop 83-85 Hunter)  31 Hunter St
  • 1920 - Johnston & Co,  Fancy Goods
  • 1930 - W.F. Hutchinson, Dentist
  • 1930-1938 - Maisonette, Ladies Hairdresser
  • 1932 - M. Engert, Dental Mechanic
  • 1940-1945 - The Devonshire Coffee Lounge, was a cake shop.
  • Notes - The Newcastle Herald reported, We have turned away about four times ,as many people as we have served,. said the Manageress of the Devonshire Coffee Lounge. .I have never seen such a rush; there has been nothing left for hours. We have done a roaring trade in buttered scones and pikelets. We can.t get enough to cope with the demand..
  • 1970 - Dimity's Cards and Party Shop, it was taken over by Nick Raftos who completely renovated the site and opened  the gift store .Dimity.s Cards and Party Shop.
  • Currently - Vacant Store

87 Hunter St / 33 Hunter St Newcastle, East End

  • 1876 - W.H. Green, Ironmonger
  • 1910 - Jos Johnson & Co, Fancy Goods  33 Hunter St
  • 1920-1930 - Christie.s, Skirts & Umbrellas
  • Currently - Shannon Hartigan Images
  • Property Owner: D REINER 2298


89 Hunter St / 35 Hunter St Newcastle,
  • 1909 - The British Piano Depot, Walter Stent, Music Teacher, Miss Jean Garrett, Music Teacher, Miss Doris Napier-North, Music Teacher 35 Hunter St
  • 1920 - .Refreshment Rooms & Confectionary, George Paxinos
  • 1930-1950 - C. Hyman, Watchmaker & Jeweler
  • Prouds, Watchmaker & Jeweler
  • Currently - Vacant Store    

91 Hunter St / 37 Hunter St Newcastle,

  • 1897 - Refreshment Room, by The NSW Aerated and Confectionery Shop. 
  • Note - Aadvertised .For the convenience of Patrons, Telephonic Communication has been established between the NSW Aerated Water and Confectionery Co.s Retail Shop and Refreshment Rooms, opposite Paling & Co.s Music Depot; and the Factories at Wickham. Orders left at the City Establishment will receive prompt attention. Telephone No. 89.
  • 1909 - Peter Paxinos, Fruiterer  37 Hunter St
  • 1920 - J.A. Woodcock,
  • 1938 - Barnetts Tobacco
  • 1938-1950 - Macey's, Ladies Wear
  • Currently - PixelPro- Photo Printing & Picture



Toni.s Cafe (Photo by Matthew Ward)1940
93 Hunter St / 39 Hunter St  Newcastle,
  • 1909 - Jos Woodcock, Fruiterer      39 Hunter St  
  • 1920 - Denes & Denes, Restaurant
  • 1930 - J.R. Crayden, Newcastle Wine Depot
  • 1932 - Caldwell.s Wines Ltd
  • 1938 - The Wine Bar, G.S. Bettley, Wine Salon
  • 1940 - Toni's Cafe which was opened by proprietor, Michael Shannos. There was a kitchen on the top story and dining rooms on the first and ground floors.
  • 1944 - Toni's Fish Cafe Toni.s advertising. Fishermen, Please Note. Best prices for Jewfish and Schnapper given at .Toni.s.  phone B1964
  • 1947-1952 - The Treasury CafeThe proprietors were Theo Milas and Con Zavitsanos who was also born on Ithaca Greece and in 1945 resided at 6 Perkins St. The Treasury Cafe was still trading up to 1952. Located midway between Bolton and Newcomen Streets.
  • Currently - The Deck Homewares & Fashion

93a Hunter St / 41 Hunter St  Newcastle,
  • 1909 - Peter Hresto, Oyster Salon  41 Hunter St
  • 1930 - Sophianos & Leventis, Cafe,
  • 1932 - Sophianos & Ramsbottom, Cafe,
  • 1936 - The Cosmopolitan Cafe,  the proprietors  where Babis Bonis and Andrew Kulidas.
  • 1936-40 - San Toy Cafe Karl Hansen             
  • Currently - The Deck Homewares & Fashion
  • Property Owner:K MILAS 2300

95  Hunter St / 43 Hunter St  Newcastle East,
  • 1909-1932W.H. Soul Pattinson Newcastle Ltd, Chemist  43 Hunter St
  • 1920 - L. S. McMaugh, Dentist  ok43
  • 1938-1950 - Ells Bookstore,  books, toys and stationery
  • Queensland Travel Center
  • Currently - The Pilates Space
  • Property Owner:B A BARBIC & M H BARBIC 2035

97 Hunter St / 45 Hunter St Newcastle East,  97-101 Hunter St,  Emporium Buildings
  • 1909-1920 - Alfred D. Robinson, Hairdresser 45 Hunter St
  • 1930 - Sam Barnett, Tobacco Merchant.
  • 1930 - Newcastle Standard Laundry Ltd
  • 1930 - 1st floor - G.S. Cole, Dentist
  • 1930 - 1st Floor - O.Sullivan, Tailor
  • 1970 - The Continental Cafe owned by John (Yianko) Rafty Later: The proprietor was George Rafty
  • Currently - Ubunto, now closed... Vacant shop
  • Property Owner: ITHACA INVESTMENTS PTY LTD 2300 


99 Hunter St / 47 Hunter St  Newcastle East,   Emporium Building
  • 1876 - T. Eggleton, Fruiterer
  • 1903 - Signor Zanoni Studio.sa Mandolin, Violin, and Piano Tuition. Signor Zanoni visits all suburbs.
  • 1909 - Lee & Co, Tailors shop1  47 Hunter St
  • 1918-1950 - Coo Ee Clothing Company, Tailors, Boys clothing retail, shop1
  • 1940 - Hinton Signs, Signwriter.
  • Palmers Menswear
  • Currently - Flight Centre Newcastle

101 Cnr Hunter St / 49 Hunter St Newcastle East,  Emporium Building
  • 1876 - Galley's Family Hotel (George Galley)
    1886 - Developed by Henry Buchanan, a prominent citizen and mayor. Also known as Buchanan’s Colonnade. Had a 2 storey veranda.
  • 1909 - Lee & Co, Tailors Shop2   49 Hunter St
  • 1918-1950 - Coo Ee Clothing Company, Tailors, Boys clothing retail, shop2
  • 1920 - G.C. Henderson, Tailor
  • 1940 - R. Wilson, Fishmonger
  • 1942 - The Matara Gourmet BarIt was located on the east corner of Hunter & Newcomen St,  It was owned by John (Yianko) Rafty
  • 1960 - Shindig Village NightClub, owned by John (Yianko) Rafty, above the Matara Bar. It was operated by Phil & Jenny Clarke who also owned Pumpkins Boutique.
  • Palmers Menswear
  • Harrey.s Bag Store
  • Currently - Vacant Store ex Pizza Shop
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South side of Hunter St, Newcomen to Morgan St Block
... for North side Click Here

103 Cnr Hunter St / 51 Hunter St Newcastle, Commercial Building  c1927
  • 1886 - The Hunt Club Hotel  (M.J. Moroney)   chk ok
  • 1909-1927 - The  Masonic Hotel (George K McLaren, Masonic Hotel 1920 Richard Bath) 51 Hunter St
  • 1927 - Commercial Building, of the Inter-War era replaced the Hunt/Masonic Hotel
  • 1930-1946 - M. Anderson, Specialising in ready to wear robes. Frocks, Furs
  • 1950 - C E Sorby & CompanyForks Rakes, Shovels Wire Netting, Watering Pots Garden Hose, we have a Reputation for Selling Cheap, which is something worth keeping, and are determined to do so.
  • Currently - The Ground Floor Cafe,  previous Gloria Jeans Coffee Shop.       ok51

103 Hunter st Corner  The Astoria Cafe & others

103A-105 Hunter St / 
53-59 Hunter St Newcastle,
  • 1876 - The Ladies Warehouse,  Miss Fogarty late of Kelk & Alfords Sydney Has much pleasure in intimating to the residents of Newcastle and surrounding districts that she in now opening
  • business in Hunter St at the corner of Newcomen St where  she will offer for sale a splendid assortment of Ladies Wear.
    1886 - J.C. Kelly & Co, Drapers
  • 1891-1909 - Scotts Ltd, Drapers, W. Scott, Drapers, 53-61 Hunter St
  • 1900 - JC Kelly & Co, Drapers
  • 1910 - T.J. Charnock, Tailor
  • 1925-1938 - The Astoria Sundae Parlor, Opened originally by proprietors, Mr. and Mrs. H. P. Brett. 
  • 1943 - The Astoria Cafe was taken over by proprietors, Jerry Kolivas, (who was also Manager) Michael Shannos, and Chris Stelianos.
  • Notes - On Christmas Eve 1942, The Astoria advertised in the Newcastle Herald .that it would be closing on Sundays as there was a shortage of high quality foodstuffs to go around the full week.This action is taken In order that the same High Standard of Quality and Efficient Service that the .Astoria. Is noted for, might he maintained throughout the week days to our numerous regular Patrons..
  • Notes - By December 1943, The Astoria also advertised .that it would be closing at 7.30pm every night, due to the rationing of foodstuffs, and power problems, etc..
  • Notes - In January 1946 The Astoria announced that it just reopened after an extensive renovation. The Astoria was located 2nd from the corner on Hunter St and west from Newcomen Street. The Astoria was still trading up and until Nov 1954. Phone B3026
  • 1938-1950 - Mac Frank, Boot and Shoe retailers.
  • 1950 - Anderson's, Frocks
  • Currently - Subway Restaurant.
  • Property Owner: LANDCOM
 
The Astoria Cafe (Spero digi color)


105-107 Hunter St / 55-61 Hunter St Newcastle,   Commercial Building  c1890
  • 1886 - Provost, Fancy Goods (in shop 107)
  • 1886 - R. Ingall & Sons, Milliners
  • 1891 - Tom Ellis  Bookmaker. Cheap boot repairsAs advertised .Wanted to be known. .EIlis, Hunter-st, has- been specially appointed Boot maker to His Excellency the Right Honorable the Earl of Jersey, G.O.M,G..
  • 1891-1909 - Scotts Ltd, Drapers, W. Scott, Drapers,   53-61 Hunter St
  • 1910-1953 - Mick Simmonds Ltd, Tobacconist
  • 1932-1938 - Creed's Ltd, Robe Specialists
  • 1932 - W.S. BrendenRadio, Sporting Requirements
  • 1950 - Headwise Hats Pty Ltd, Milliners
  • 1950 - Fletcher Jones Australia
  • Currently - Nook Store


The Astoria Cafe with Jerry Kolivas 1943 (digi color Spero)

109-111 Cnr Hunter St / 63 Hunter St  Newcastle, Simmons. Chambers Commercial Building, c.1890 
  • 1886 - A.J. Potter, Watchmaker
  • 1886 - Featherston, Clothier
  • 1891-1909 - Scotts Ltd, W. Scott, Drapers, 53 to 61 Hunter St
  • 1890 - Commercial Building, Classical Revival style.One of many commercial buildings scattered around the city designed in the late Victorian period featuring classical touches.
  • 1895 - Cook and Co, Economical Cash Drapers
  • 1909-1938 - A.J. Potter & Co, Jewelers  63 Hunter St
  • 1909 - Upper floor, George Williams, Music Teacher
  • 1920 - Commonwealth Shoe Co Ltd
  • 1930-1938 - Simmons Chambers
  • 1930 - Upper floor, A.J. Larkin, Dentist
  • 1930 - Upper floor, A.J. Reedman, Builder
  • 1930 - Upper floor, Shop Assistants Union
  • 1932-1938 - Mac's  Boot Shop
  • 1932-1938 - Mick Simmonds Ltd, Tobacconist
  • 1932 - H.E. Koll, Chemist
  • 1940 - The Dell, Restaurant
  • 1938-1940 - Gibb & Beeman, Ltd, Opticians
  • 1950 - Potter & Co, Jewelers
  • 1950-1972 - Fays Shoes .Shoe Store
  • 1970 - Camera House
  • Currently - Fletcher Jones Australia, The Nook Store and 1st Floor its Pole-Arise fitness
<<< Crossing over Laing / Morgan St and continuing west along Hunter Street >>>
South side of Hunter St, Morgan to Market St Block... for North side of Street Click Here

JS Robb, Cash Draper and Milliner, Corner of Hunter & Morgan Sts,1897 (Picture Ralph Snowball)

113-117 Cnr Hunter St / 65 Hunter St  Newcastle, Municipal Building, 1908
  • 1886 - D. Stevenson, Clothier
  • 1897 - JS Robb, Cash Draper and Milliner
  • 1908 - The Building of the Municipal Building,The last of the buildings erected by Newcastle Borough Council in a scheme to improve the retail hub of the city
  • 1909 - Frank Witherspoon, Grocer       65 Hunter St
  • 1920-1930 - Mac's Boot Shop
  • 1923 - Dentist Hollway, No Pain Dentist, Upper & Lower Painless extractions
  • 1932-1938 - Richard Rundle,Tailor
  • 1938-1972 - Hunter The Stationer,  Bookseller Stationer.
  • 1940 - Howe's Shoes Pty LtdShoe store
  • 1950 - Edward Fay Pty Ltd, Boot and Shoe retailers.
  • Currently - Newcastle New Projects


Hunter St Mall 1972 (Photo Uni)
119 Hunter St / 67-69 Hunter St Newcastle,  Municipal Building, 1908
  • 1886 - Sevil & Co, Butcher
  • 1909 - Paxinos Bros, Fruiterers   67 Hunter St
  • 1914-1920 - Payzis BrothersConfectionery & Fruiterers, located opposite Rundle.s
  • 1920-1938 - Mac's, Boot Shop
  • 1930-1950 - Fostar's Shoes Pty Ltd, Boot and Shoe retailers. Shop1
  • 1970 - Havana Coffee Lounge
  • Currently - Studio Melts, MR3 Ladies. Fashion and the new Market Square

119a Hunter St Newcastle,  Municipal Building, 1908
  • 1886 - Moran, Milliner
  • 1970 - Chic Salon
  • Currently - Sussan, women.s fashion retailer

121 Cnr Hunter St / 71 Hunter St Newcastle,  Municipal Building, 1908
  • 1886 - Hollinshead, Milliner
  • 1909 . Atkinson & Hughes, Mercers 71 Hunter St   XXXXXXXXfix spacing
  • 1909 . Maurice T. Davies, Confectioner
  • 1920 - Richard Rundle 1920-1930, Tailor
  • 1921 . The No. 2 Astoria Cafeproprietors were Michael Shannos  & Speros Benas.
  • Notes : .Newcastle.s Leading Confectionery Importers. Shipments Landing Weekly from all the best English & Continental Makers. We claim these Lines are the Best Procurable. Unexcelled for Flavour, Purity guaranteed. All Pascall.s Toffoc in Sixpenny and Shilling Tins. The Best Chewing.Gum on the Market is CHICLETS,.A Dainty, Wholesome, and Healthful Confection. Lawney.s American Chocolates. Cadbury Chocolates always in Stock..
  • 1938-1950 - Fostar's Shoes Pty Ltd, Boot and Shoe retailers. Shop2
  • 1995 . Caldwell the Jeweler.
  • Currently. Studio Melt a Contemporary Jewellery , The Birdcage On Hunter,  Ladies. Wear


123 Hunter St / 77 Hunter St Newcastle,  Municipal Building, 1908  187 Hunter st on the old system
  • 1878 - Shipwrights' Arms Hotel ..on the corner of Hunter & Market St's Before the building of the Strand Theatre
  • 1888 - The Newmarket Hotel  1888-1937 (1909- Frederik Garnham,  Mrs Cath Thompson),  In 1937 Brewers Tooheys bought the licence from the old Newmarket Hotel, near the later Strand Theatre and opened the former Golden Sands Hotel later named The Esplanade Hotel (now demolished and part of Pacific Park opposite Newcastle Beach) 77 Hunter St
  • 1900 - W. Shirlow, Boot and Shoe Store
  • 1905 - Henry Endersby's Boot Store, 1905-1910
  • 1910 - Endersby's was sold to the Nobby Shoe Company of Sydney (later the Commonwealth Shoe Company) The manager of the Nobby Shoe Company/Commonwealth Shoe Company was David Leslie Sharp, who became Henry.s son-in-law.  David Sharp had married Henry.s daughter, Florence Hannah Endersby, in December 1906 and they went on to establish Sharps Shoe Store in 1929 at 205 Hunter Street.  David Sharp was 26 when he married Florence and was 30 when he was the manager of the Nobby Shoe Company, following its acquisition from Henry Endersby in 1910.
  • 1910 - Atkinson & Hughes, 1910 -1920, The hat kings, Hatters & Mercers         77ok
  • 1930 - W.S. Peisley, Dentist,
  • 1930-1938 - Miss E. Corcoran, Dermatologist
  • 1930-1938 . Sperling.s Fur Department
  • 1932-1938 . Spencer Block Buildings
  • 1938 . Evalyn-Mellor, Studio Photographers  
    Currently



Ncle Herald Clip, Lucernes Strand Butchery
125 Hunter St / 79 Hunter St Newcastle,
  • 1901 - Lucernes Strand Butchery  125 Hunter St
  • 1909 . Samuel BarnettTobacconist 79 Hunter St 
  • 1910 . Rudolph Langer, Stationer
  • 1920 . Gerald Levy, Tobacconist
  • 1930 . Morgans Cakes Ltd,
  • 1930-1938 . Way.s Ltd, Refreshment Rooms
  • 1938 . Sergeants Ritz Milk Bar
  • 1950 . Hunter and Son Pty Ltd Juno, Boot and Shoe retailers.

127 Hunter St / 81 Hunter St  Newcastle,
  • 1910-1930 . Lowes Ltd, Tailors
  • 1910 . W.S. Preisley, Dentist
  • 1920 . Spencer Block Buildings
  • 1930-1938 . T. Sperling, Ladies Frocks
  • 1938 . Eastern Arts, Art Salon
  • 1960 - Sussan, dress shop
  • 2000 ? Caldwell Jewelers


Borough Markets, Demolished in 1915 (photo uonarchi)

The Strand Theater in the 1970's (Photo Lost Newcastle)

129 Hunter St / 
83 Hunter St  Newcastle,

  • 1870 The Borough Markets. (City Markets) The foundation stone of the Borough Markets was laid in 1870 by Mayor William A Sparke. It was built by Smith Thomas, who was a well-known and respected figure in the building industry of Newcastle for almost 60 years, and designed by an established Sydney architect, G. A. Mansfield, and its construction was supervised by Joseph Backhouse. The markets were demolished in 1915.
  • 1909 - City Markets 
  • 1909 - J. Hunter and Son Pty Ltd Juno, Boot and Shoe retailers.  83 Hunter St
  • 1930-1980. The Strand Picture Theatrewhich was Demolished in the early  1980.s to make way for the redevelopment of Market Square.
    Note - Across the road, the Hunter on Hunter Hotel.
  • 1980 . The new Market Square shopping centre, built by Kern Corporation Ltd on the old Strand site, opened by NSW Premier Neville Wran on November 17, 1980,
  • CurrentlySussan, clothing,   Mr 3, Ladies. Fashion and the new Market Square     


131 Hunter St / 85 Hunter St  Newcastle,
  • 1920 - J. Elliott, Cafe
  • 1930-1938 - T. Sperling, Ladies Costumes
  • 1950 - Creedway's, Frocks
    Curently - was Interactive Community Care now Vacant


133 Hunter St / 87 Hunter St  Newcastle,
  • 1938 . Rebuilding
  • 1940-1950 Lucerne.s, Butchers
  • 1950 . R.W. Whitaker & Son, Jeweler.
  • Curently - Market Square Shoppingtown

135a Hunter St / 87a Hunter St  Newcastle,
  • 1886 . Summerfield & Co, Tailors
  • 1915 - 1st F, Newcastle Business College
  • 1940 . The Bargain Arcade Pty Ltd No 1, Chain Store
  • Property Owner: NEWCASTLE CITY COUNCIL

137-141 Hunter St / 89 Hunter St Newcastle,
  • 1886 . J. Hunter, Boot Shop
  • 1899 . Refreshment RoomsManufacturing Pastry Cook and Confectioner
  • 1908.1930 Hunter & Son Ltd, Boot, Bag, Leather & Grindery store
  • 1950 Woolworths LtdDepartment Store. 147 Hunter St
  • Caldwell the Jeweler


1916 Lyric Cafe Add
143 Cnr Hunter St / 91 Hunter St Newcastle,
  • 1880-1916 - The Northumberland Hotel (H. Simpson) 
  • 1909 . Robert Christie, Umbrella Maker 91 hunter St
  • 1909 . Thomas Parker, Dentist                      91 hunter St
  • 1916 . Lyric Cafewas opened by Paxinos and Zervos by 1920, The proprietors were  Zervos & Raftos. On 4th October 1926 all fixtures and fittings were auctioned..
  • 1930-1938 Bon Ton, Milliners
  • 1946 - Jays TravelHunter St Mall
  • 1948 - The Havana Cafe, the proprietor was John Barlas this was on the corner of Hunter and Thorn Street and just up from the old Strand Theater. 
  • Curently: . Jays TravelHunter St Mall Its all part of the new Market Square  
  • Property Owner: NEWCASTLE CITY COUNCIL 2300
 <<<<<<< Crossing over Thorn St and continuing west along Hunter Street >>>>>
South side of Hunter St, Thorn to Wolf St Block... for North side of Street Click Here


Coles 1986 (Photo late Percy Sternbeck)

145 Cnr Hunter & Thiorn Sts93 Hunter St Newcastle,  Coles Building
  • 1860 - A. Smith, Draper with  The Globe Hotel  next door in Thorn St 1860-1880 .
  • 1897.1920 . T.H. Raysmith, Advertised - Watchmaker, Diamond Rings, 5 stone half loop ring at 5 Guineas 93 Hunter St
  • 1930-1938 . R, Whitakerwatchmaker & jeweler
  • 1950 . Chic Salon, Lingerie
  • 1951 . Coles Variety Store
    1996 - The Building was totaly renovated by JML Constructions for Go Hunter Mall P/L
  • 1998 - Millers Clothing. Our range of women.s clothing will help you flaunt your style
  • Curently - the property is earmarked for Demolition to make way for the East End Development & Apartments

147-149 Hunter St / 95-97 Hunter St Newcastle,  Coles Building
  • 1860 - R. Lipman, Watchmaker, Having made satisfactory arrangements for the renewal of the lease of his old-established business premises, desires to inform the public that he has Just Opened. A MAGNIFICENT ASSORTMENT of Jewelery, Watches, Clocks Ladies' and Gentlemens Gold SetsDIAMOND RINGS, &c., &c., whilch will be found highly suitable for presents  to FRIENDS for the coming holidays.A Great reduction has been made in Watches of every description, and Liberal Discounts will be madeon every article bought.
  • 1897-1920 - Llewellyn Davies, Confectionery Manufacturer 95-97 Hunter St
  • 1930 . G. Grivas, Confectionary and Refreshments          chk point 95-97ok
  • 1938 . Christie.s, Frocks & Umbrella, boot warehouse
  • 1939-1950 . Selfridges (Australia) Ltd, Chain Store
  • 1951 . Coles Variety Store
  • 1980 . Newcastle City Health Foods
  • 1996 - The Building was totaly renovated by JML Constructions for Go Hunter Mall P/L
  • Currently: - French Chateau


Coles Newcastle 147-149 Hunter St (Photo Newcastle Herald)
149 Hunter St / 99 Hunter St Newcastle,  Coles Building
  • 1860 - Ingall & Sons, Milliners
  • 1909 - H.A. Pocklington, Stationer 99 Hunter St 
  • 1910 - Hunter & Sons, Boot Dealers & Leather
  • 1930-1935 - The California Cafe,   was Relocated to 1 Hunter St after closing down its operations in 1935 to make way for the opening on July the 30th 1936 of the new Selfridge's Department store.
  • 1930-1936 - Tredrite, Shoe Store
  • 1936-1950 - Selfridges (Australia) Ltd, (Opened 30th Jul) (no connection with the London Store).
  • 1950 - Coles Supermarket, George James (G. J.) Coles learned the retail trade working for his father's Coles Store. business from 1910 to 1913. (The store continued operating as .The Original Coles. at Wilmot, Tasmania, until it was destroyed by a fire on 24 January 2014) Coles itself was founded when G. J. Coles opened the .Coles Variety Store. on 9 April 1914 on Smith Street in the Melbourne, Victoria suburb of Collingwood. Further expansion occurred and Coles. interest in food retailing was spurred in 1958 when it acquired 54 John Connell Dickins grocery stores. It then acquired the Beilby.s chain in South Australia in 1959 and 265 Matthews Thompson grocery stores in New South Wales in 1960.
  • 1970 - The Cavern Night Club was on the site above Coles in Wolf Street
  • 1996 - The Coles Building was purchased by a Newcastle Development Syndicate. I found and instigated the purchase by Go Hunter Mall Pty Ltd, which comprised of myself as well as another 5 local business people. The property was redeveloped by one of our shareholders JML Constructions. The tenants comprised of, Angus & Robertson, Millers Fashion, Sandy Chong Hairdressing, Hearing impairment, and part of the new extension to the Lyric Theatre.
  • 1998 - Angus & RobertsonBook Store
  • Currently - All closing down ready for redevelopment
  • Property Owner: GPT HUNTER CUSTODIAN PTY LIMITED & LANDCOM 2000

151 Hunter St / 101 Hunter St Newcastle  Coles Building
  • 1860 - Paine, Fancy Goods
    1920-1938 - George Adams Ltd, Cake Manufacturers
  • 1909-1950 - W.H. Sproull & Co, Chemist 101 Hunter St
  • 1938 - Cook's Ham Shop, Smallgoods
  • Currently - The Pilates Barre Newcastle, Dance Fitness classes, soon to demolished for redevelopment
  • Property Owner:GPT HUNTER CUSTODIAN PTY LIMITED & LANDCOM 2000

153 Hunter St / 103 Hunter St Hunter St Newcastle,  Soul Pattinson Building
  • 1860 - Harris & Sproull
  • 1908 - Stuttafords,  Umbrella Repairs.Property Owner:GPT HUNTER CUSTODIAN PTY LIMITED & LANDCOM 2000
  • 1909 - Herbert Harvey, Tobacconist   103 Hunter St
    1931 - Lowes Mens wear
  • 1938 - W.H. Sproul & Co, Chemist
  • 1950 - Shirley Shoe Company Pty Ltd, Shoe retailers.
  • 1950 - Soul Pattinson Pty Ltd. Chemist,  is one of Australias leading Pharmacy groups.Soul Pattinson Pty Ltd. Chemist, 
  • Currently - Jo Jo's Homeware soon to demolished for redevelopment
  • Soul Pattinson Pty Ltd. Chemist,  is one of Australias leading Pharmacy groups. For over 130 years, the company has been providing pharmacy services, professional care and value for money to the community through Member owned pharmacies.The Soul Pattinson retail outlets expanded rapidly between 1920 and 1937 with more than fifteen pharmacies opening in New South Wales, including the Newcastle region. Today there are over 80 Soul Pattinson Chemists nation wide.Soul Pattinson Chemist is now wholly owned by Australian Pharmaceutical Industries (API) following the acquisition in May 2000. API is an integrated healthcare services company with four core business operations  pharmaceutical, distribution, manufacturing, retail pharmacy brands and hospital and medical distribution. It was established as a chemists co-operative in 1910 and listed on the ASX in 1997, Washington H. Soul passed away on 13/12/1927.


Royal Exchange Hotel (Photo Uni)

155-157 Cnr Hunter St / 
105 Hunter St 
 Newcastle
  • 1878-1938 . Royal Exchange Hotel  (1878 . A.C. Hollinshed, Thos B Sharp) 105 Hunter St
  • 1910 . Pikes Boot Making Company   
  • 1938-1950 . The Duke of Kent Hotel (P.J.Ryan) (155) James Fraser, begs to inform the public of Newcastle and Surrounding district that he has opened the Royal Exchange Hotel, with a Large and choice stock of Liqueurs of the best brands, and customers will at all times be served with the best.The Hotel possess every convenience for travellers, has a good ample room, and will be found reletto with every comfort and convenience, having been thoroughly overhauled and put in first-class order.
  • 1985 - Advance Bank, was an Australian bank that existed from 1985 until 1997, when it merged with St George Bank.It started as the NSW Permanent Building & Investment Society in 1939.In 1982, it established a funds management division, Advance Asset Management, which is now a specialist asset management business within the Westpac Group. "Its focus is on asset allocation and risk management, implemented through a multi-manager process, providing investment opportunities across a range of asset classes, including shares, property, fixed interest and cash.The building society was demutualised in 1985 and became known as the Advance BankIn 1995, Advance Bank acquired the State Bank of South Australia, which it continued to run as a separate business unit under the name "Bank of South Australia", branded "BankSA".[1]Advance Bank (and its BankSA subsidiary) was taken over in 1997 by St George Bank, itself another former building society.
  • Currently- the property is earmarked for Demolition to make way for the East End Development & Apartments

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South side of Hunter St, Wolf to Perkins... for North side of Street Click Here


Domkin.s Hunter and Wolfe Streets (photo uonarchi) 1886 Scotts in the background


159a Hunter St / 111a Hunter St Newcastle, East End
  • 1886 - Capper Bros, Ironmongers
  • 1938 - Sellors, Silk Store
  • 1950 - Austens, Frocks
  • 1980 - Gentlemens Outfitters, is Newcastle and the Hunter Valley's premier menswear and mens fashion retail outlet. We are the number one shop for suits, shirts and accessories
  • Currently - Earth To Moon, Boutique

159 Cnr Hunter St / 109 Hunter St Newcastle East End,
  • 1886 - W.H. Roberts, Fancy Goods
  • 1909 - William Domkin's, Boot Shop, on the corner of Hunter and Wolfe Streets reveals a typical Victorian streetscape with the wide verandas and awnings that covered the entire footpath. This streets cape dominated the city until 1929 when the wide and elegant balconies were demolished and replaced by suspended awnings in line with Council policy for Hunter Street.. it was a boot store.               109 Hunter St
  • 1920-1938 - Green Bros, Jewelers
  • 1938-1950 - The Ritz Milk Bar Newcastle. In 1943 the proprietor was Michael Shannos1947 Theo Rafty was proprietor, by 1948 the Proprietor partners where Peter Scott and John Rafty.
  • 1950 - Andersons, Frocks
  • 1954 - The Ritz had expanded to 159A Hunter St.          109ok
  • 1957 - Caldwell's the jeweler once stood near David Jones.
  • 2016 - H & R Block, Tax Accountants


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South side of Hunter St, Wolf to Perkins... for North side of Street Click Here 
 
161 Hunter St / 111 Hunter St Newcastle, East End
  • 1843 - The Rouse Hotel  (Robinson) Built on the DJ's Site. William Rouse arrived as a convict on the Baring in 1815. In 1820 he was sentenced to death, the sentence being commuted to transportation to Newcastle for life. In 1825 he was employed on the Boat's Crew at Newcastle. In 1829 he married Anne Vane/Wade, a convict of the Grenada in 1827. In 1830 William Rouse was employed as Constable and in 1839 Chief Constable. In 1843 he failed to apply for his license for the Steam Carriage Inn which was to close its doors, however he did obtain a license for his splendid new house, under the sign of the The Newcastle Inn. This was situated in Hunter Street near Perkins Street. Later Scott's occupied the site. Newcastle Court of Petty Sessions Letter Book 1845 reveal that the Publicans General License held by William Rouse was transferred to his wife Ann Rouse at a Special Court of Petty Sessions in consequence of the departure of William Rouse for England.
  • 1882 - Rouse Hotel. advertised: Robert C. Watt (For many years of the Newmarket Hotel), Has much pleasure in informing his old friends, and the public generally, that he has Secured the favourite ROUSE HOTEL, HUNTER-STREET. By attention to his visitors. wants, and supplying the GENUINE ARTICLE ONLY, he believes that he will not fail in securing a liberal patronage. EXCELLENT BILLIARD TABLES, AND ONLY, Brands of best Qualities Kept.
  • 1897-1958 - Scott.s Pty Ltd, General Drapers, Importers, Milliners, Clothiers, Mercers.
  • 1920 - E. Witherspoon, Grocer
  • 1920 - W.G. Sweeney,
  • 1930 - George E. Firkin, Chemist
  • 1938 - New Hunter Chain Stores
  • 1938-1950 - Gardiner's Ltd, Joe, Boot and Shoe retailers.
  • 1958-2012 - David Jones (acquired Scott's) David Jones cloed in 1912 and was Demolished in 2019,  Federation Free style. Formerly Scotts Ltd, one of Newcastle’s largest stores, established in the 1890s. Purchased by David Jones in 1958. David Jone’s closed the store in 2012
  • Currently - Construction of the Newcastle East Apartment Building and a luxury hotel, which will be known as QT Newcastle.
  • Property Owner:NEWCASTLE CITY COUNCIL 2300

  • David Jones (1793-1873), merchant, was born on 8 March 1793, the son of Thomas Jones, a farmer near Llandeilo, Wales, and his wife Nancy, at 15, he left home and was apprenticed to a grocer in Carmarthen. At 18 he was offered the management of a general store in Eglwyswrw, Pembrokeshire, where in 1813 he married Catherine Hughes.  A year later in childbirth she and the baby died. On 10 September 1822 he married Elizabeth Williams (d.1826).
  • Jones then went to London with the firm of R. N. Nicholls, where he soon rose to be a confidential assistant. In London in 1828 he married Jane Mander, the daughter of John Mander. The Mander family and through them David Jones made many friends among his fellow Independents. Through William Wemyss, a friend of the Manders, he met Charles Appleton, a Hobart Town businessman who had opened a store in Sydney in 1825 and was visiting London. Jones entered into partnership with Appleton which included the Australian branches under the style of Appleton & Co.
  • In October 1834 Jones sailed with his family in the Thomas Harrison, He arrived in the Medway at Sydney in September 1835. Appleton had left his Sydney business under the control of a partner, Robert Bourne, and when Bourne's partnership expired on 31 December 1835 the firm became Appleton & Jones and the latter embarked on the ambitious plan of establishing in Sydney 'a house on the principles of the respectable wholesale London Firms'. When Appleton arrived a rift developed between him and Jones and the partnership was dissolved by mutual consent in 1838.he had taken over the Sydney business in 1836 the turnover had increased tenfold to £80,000 a year, netting in the colony alone a profit of more than £7000 a year. Jones moved his business to premises on the corner of George Street and Barrack Lane, where David Jones Ltd still has a branch. To trade with London he formed a mutually protective association with his business friends and fellow Independents, Robert Bourne, Ambrose Foss, G. A. Lloyd and their consulting accountants, Thompson & Giles, with William Wemyss as their chief agent. Jones and his associates regularly secured the whole cargo space of ships bringing out bounty migrants, guaranteeing such profitable backloading as wool or tallow.
  • Jones survived the depression of the 1840s, business prospered and with his wife he visited England and Wales in 1849. He retired from active management of the business in 1856, taking in partners and leaving in it a capital of £30,000. A few years later the firm failed; faced with bankruptcy, he bought out his partners, returned to manage its affairs and in a few years had fully discharged all obligations to his creditors. He was seriously ill in 1866 but he made a remarkable recovery. He finally retired in 1868 and died at his home in Lyons Terrace, Liverpool Street, Sydney, on 29 March 1873. His wife died three weeks later, aged 71.
  • David Jones suffered from an unsuspicious and charitable judgment in giving others with whom he dealt credit for the integrity with which he himself was activated'. Apart from his family his main interests were business, religion and civic affairs. He had many investments in banks, steamship, insurance, building and other companies; he was a director of the Mutual Fire Insurance Co. formed in 1840, a foundation director of the Australian Mutual Provident Society in 1848, and a trustee and chairman of the Metropolitan and Counties Permanent Investment and Building Society in 1851. He was a deacon of the Congregational Church in Sydney for some thirty-five years, one of the founders and first council members of Camden College and a committee member of the local auxiliaries of the Bible and Religious Tract Societies. He was a generous benefactor to his own and other churches and was one of the Sydney merchants who each gave 1000 guineas to the Crimean war victims' fund. He was a member of the first Sydney City Council in 1842 and of the New South Wales Legislative Council in 1856-60.  (Australian Dictionary of Biography)


163-167 Hunter St / 111b Hunter St Newcastle, East End,  Washington House,
  • 1878 - W. Grisdale & Co. Royal Arcade, Ready Made Clothing Boys & Men
  • 1897-1958 - Scott.s Pty Ltd, General Drapers, Importers, Milliners, Clothiers, Mercers.
  • 1909 -  Harris Maurice, Piano Distributor
  • 1909-1957 - Scotts Pty Ltd, General Drapers.
  • 1920 - J.E. Cook, Small Goods
  • 1938 - Washington Handley Soul (better known in the early part of the 20th century as businessman Washington H. Soul (n.b. Soul Pattinson was a subsidiary company of Washington H. Soul and Co.)
  • 1958-2012 - David Jones (acquired Scott's) David Jones cloed in 1912 and was Demolished in 2019
  • Currently - Construction of the Newcastle East Apartment Building
  • Property Owner: GPT HUNTER CUSTODIAN PTY LIMITED & LANDCOM 2000

  • Washington Handley Soul,  Caleb Soul (1817-1894), druggist and chemist, was born in London on 13 January 1817, son of Eli Soul, commodore in the East India Co., and his wife Elizabeth, née Hodges. After a grammar school education he learned the wholesale drug trade and for about eighteen years worked in a drug manufacturing company which, among other things, supplied preparations to the British forces during the Crimean war. In 1840 in London he had married Jane Elizabeth Peters; she and their infant daughter died in 1843 and next year he married Mary Anne Handley at Islington, London.
  • About 1863 Soul came to New South Wales and managed a store at Morpeth before moving to Sydney where he became a country representative for the Colonial Sugar Refining Co. and Tucker & Co. He and his only son Washington Handley, born in London on 6 November 1845, who had been in the British mercantile marine and had arrived in the colony in 1863, also acted as mining brokers for a time. In 1872 they opened a drug store and dispensary in Pitt Street, Sydney, styled Washington H. Soul & Co, for a time George W. Bull was a partner. Business flourished and operations were gradually extended on the manufacturing side. In sixteen years of operations Caleb claimed to have saved the public £120,000, the difference between prices formerly charged and their much cheaper prices.
  • Soul was interested in certain social issues: he had promoted building societies in the Morpeth and Maitland districts and held radical views on taxation.  He died of acute bronchial catarrh at his residence, Ardleigh, Point Piper Road, Sydney, on 31 August 1894 and was buried in the Congregational section of South Head cemetery. His estate was sworn for probate at £40,600.
  • Washington carried on the business and it continued to expand. It amalgamated with Pattinson & Co. and became a public company on 21 January 1903 as Washington H. Soul, Pattinson & Co.; he retired from active business after 1903 and by 1940 the firm had forty-two stores in Sydney and Newcastle and in 1974 it was one of the first hundred companies in Australia. He had married Charlotte Louisa Bird (d.1923) in Sydney in 1873; survived by her and three daughters, he died of heart disease at his residence, Agincourt, Albert Road, Strathfield, on 13 December 1927 and was buried in the Congregational section of South Head cemetery. His estate was sworn for probate at £76,000.  (Australian Dictionary of Biography)

165 Hunter St / 113 Hunter St  Newcastle, East End
  • 1860 -  Hewitt Bros, Fishing Tackle
  • 1897-1958 - Scott.s Pty Ltd, General Drapers, Importers, Milliners, Clothiers, Mercers.
  • 1909 - Herbert A. Hawkins, Chemist   113 Hunter St
  • 1920 - Harry Charleston, Photographer
  • 1930 - Howard Harris Studios
  • 1930 - Robe Store, Specialist
  • 1930 - Miss E. Yates, Ladies Hairdresser
  • 1938 - Miss O. Lavington, Ladies Hairdresser
  • 1938-1950 - Lowes Ltd, Tailors
  • 1938 - G. S. Cole, Dentist
  • Currently - Construction of the Newcastle East Apartment Building


167-187 Hunter St / 115 Hunter St Newcastle, East End
  • 1909 - Green Bros, Jeweler   115 Hunter St
  • 1910-1930 - Ways Ltd, Refreshment Rooms
  • 1932-1938 - Soul Pattinson Pty Ltd, Chemist
  • 1897-1958 - Scott.s Pty Ltd, General Drapers, Importers, Milliners, Clothiers, Mercers.
  • 2019 - David Jones buildings were all Demolished
  • Currently - Construction of the Newcastle East Apartment Building



Scott.s Corner 1908 before DJ.s

169 Hunter St / 117 Hunter St  Newcastle, East End,  David Jones Building
  • 1843 - The Newcastle Inn
  • 1897-1958 - Scott.s Pty Ltd, General Drapers, Importers, Milliners, Clothiers, Mercers.
  • 1909 - David James Jones, Draper 
  • 1938-1950 - Soul Pattinson Pty Ltd. Chemist
  • 1958-2012 - David Jones (acquired Scott's) David Jones cloed in 1912 and was Demolished in 2019
  • Currently - Construction of the Newcastle East Apartment Building
  • For further info on Scotts
  • Property Owner:GPT HUNTER CUSTODIAN PTY LIMITED & LANDCOM 2000


Scotts Corner

175 Hunter St / 119a Hunter St Newcastle, David Jones Building

  • 1899 - J Mackie & Co, Furniture
  • 1909-1957 - David James Jones, Draper
  • Currently - Currently - Construction of the Newcastle East Apartment Building

179a Hunter St / 119b Hunter St Newcastle, East End  David Jones Building
  • 1988 - Mrs P.K. Penny,  Underclothing and Baby clothing
  • 1909 - David James Jones, Draper
  • Currently - Construction of the Newcastle East Apartment Building
  • Property Owner:NEWCASTLE CITY COUNCIL 2300

181 Hunter St / 121 Hunter St Newcastle East End  David Jones Building

  • 1890 - Scott's Ltd, Drapers
  • 1958-2012 - David Jones (acquired Scott's) David Jones cloed in 1912 and was Demolished in 2019
  • Currently - Construction of the Newcastle East Apartment Building

183 Hunter St / 123 Hunter St  Newcastle,  David Jones Building
  • 1897 - Scott's Ltd, Drapers
  • 1900-1905 -  W. Shirlow, Boot and Shoe Store
  • 1905-1910 - Henry Endersby, Boot Dealer 123 Hunter St 
  • 1910-1929 - Nobby Shoe Company/Commonwealth Shoe Company, manager was David Leslie Sharp, who became Henry.s son-in-law. David Sharp had married Henry.s daughter, Florence Hannah Endersby, in December 1906 and they went on to establish Sharps Shoe Store in 1929 at 205 Hunter Street. David Sharp was 26 when he married Florence and was 30 when he was the manager of the Nobby Shoe Company, following its acquisition from Henry Endersby in 1910.
  • 1958-2012 - David Jones (acquired Scott's) David Jones cloed in 1912 and was Demolished in 2019
  • Currently - Construction of the Newcastle East Apartment Building


185 Hunter St / 125 Hunter St  Newcastle,  David Jones Building
  • 1886 - Lloyd & Manning, Grocers
  • 1897 - Scott's Ltd, Drapers
  • 1909 - H. T. Lucerne, Butcher  125 Hunter St
  • 1958-2012 - David Jones (acquired Scott's) David Jones cloed in 1912 and was Demolished in 2019
  • Currently - Construction of the Newcastle East Apartment Building


  • Corner Hunter & Wolf St 1891 (Photo Ralph Snowball)

187 Cnr Hunter St / 127-129 Hunter St  NewcastleDavid Jones Building

  • 1886 - W. Grahame & Son, Watchmaker
  • 1891 - R. Currie & Co, Tailors
  • 1897 - Scott's Ltd, Drapers
  • 1893 - Scotts Corner, Speros Paizis opened a cafe , known as Scotts Corner, In 1912 he moved around the corner into Perkins Street to the Victoria Cafe. .
  • 1905 - Henry Endersby.s Boot Store.
  • 1909 - George Paizis, Fruiterer,    127-129 Hunter St
  • 1919 - Scott's Corner, with its electric clock in the tower, telling the correct time, night and day, was one of the principal land-marks of the city.
  • 1958-2012 - David Jones (acquired Scott's) David Jones cloed in 1912 and was Demolished in 2019
  • Currently - Construction of the Newcastle East Apartment Building
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South side of Hunter St, Perkins to Brown St Block... for North side of Street Click Here



Jack Sample's Crown and Anchor Hotel 1897


189-197 Cnr Hunter St / 
133 Hunter St Newcastle,
  • 1876 - Stuarts Family Hotel This Hotel posseses a splendid suite of apartments, commanding a magnificent view of the Harbour. A well appointed Bath-room, contiguous to the bed rooms. A spacious room, built and arranged expressly for the accommodation of Comrmercial Gentlemen
  • 1897Jack Sample's Crown and Anchor Hotel ..
  • 1897-2018 - The Crown & An Hustlers Drapery store Hustlers Drapery store Hustlers Drapery store chor Hotel Mrs W.S. Stewart has taken over the cafe next door to the Crown and Anchor in Perkins St, known as Cafe De Paris
  • 1876 - Theatre Hotel, Next Door to Stuarts Family Hotel,  in Perkins St was J. Dawson, late of the " Green Gate," Waratah, begs to inform his friends from that district, and the public generally, that he has opened a new and commodious House, known as the THEATRE HOTEL, adjoining the Victoria Theatre Perkin-street. W. J. D. will continue to keep the best of Liquors only, and can offer all visitors to the city superior accommodation, at moderate Charges
    2002 -
    Veranda added to the Crown and Anchor Hotel.
  • Currently - The Crown & Anchor Hotel (Mrs E.M. Stewart) incorporating Sprout Dinning, Restaurant
    Property Owner:ENTASIL PTY LIMITED 2197

191a Hunter St / 135 Hunter St Newcastle,    The Crown and Anchor Hotel Site
  • 1907. Greys Cafe, on the site of the Crown and Anchor Hotel.
  • 1910 . John. Blackburn, Watchmaker
  • Property Owner: NEWCASTLE CITY COUNCIL 2300



Crown & Anchor Hotel, St George, Westpac Photo late Percy Sternbeck) 1986

191b Hunter St / 139 Hunter St  Newcastle, on the Crown and Anchor Hotel Site

  • 1909 - E.A. Guard, Refreshment Rooms ..     chk139 


191c Hunter St / 141 Hunter St  Newcastle, on the Crown and Anchor Hotel Site
  • 1909 - Horler Bros, Hatters

191d Hunter St / 143 Hunter St Newcastle, on the Crown and Anchor Hotel Site
  • 1909 - Lewis & Thomas, Drapers

191e Hunter St / 145 Hunter St Newcastle, on the Crown and Anchor Hotel Site
  • 1909 . Charles J. Hart, Chemist
  • 1912 . William Bradley & Co, Boot Shop

193-195 Hunter St / 151 Hunter St Newcastle, on the Crown and Anchor Hotel Site 

  • 1909 - Frank J. Street, Tobacconist 
    1920 - John Jones, Small goods
    1930 - A.W. Anderson, Smallgoods
    1935 -
    Samuel Reeves, Fruiterer
    1938 - Huxtable Lucky Lottery, Hairdresser
    1986 - Strandbags


193A Hunter St Newcastle, on the island opposite the Crown and Anchor Hotel
  • Currently:  BYKKO Hunter St Mall . Electric Bike Sharing Station
  • Property Owner:NEWCASTLE CITY COUNCIL 2300


197 Hunter St / 153 Hunter St  Newcastle,
  • 1886-1909 Walter A. Pike, Boot Manufacturer  153 Hunter St
  • 1920 . John Horler, Hatter
  • 1930-1938 . J. Israel, Jeweler
  • 1940 . Howe.s Shoes Pty Ltd. Shoe store
  • 1986 - St George Building Society
  • 1990 -  Games Workshop.
  • Currently - Games Workshop.
  • Property Owner:A L POULTER 2045

Bank of NSW and Winns (Photo Newcastle Herald)

199 Hunter St / 
155 Hunter St Newcastle,
  • 1886 - Price, Auctioneer
  • 1910 - William H. Bruce, Tailor
  • 1916 - Marble Bar Cafe
  • 1920 - Bert jones, Confectionary 
  • 1920 - Bank of New South Wales
  • 1930 - The American Bag Store
  • 1938-1950 - George Caldwell, Jewelry.
  • 1986 - Westpac Bank
  • Currently - First State Super
  • Property Owner:DERMOS PTY LIMITED 2030

201 Hunter St / 157 Hunter St  Newcastle,
  • 1886 . Gates & Co, Grocer
  • 1910 - James E. Cook, Ham Smallgoods
  • 1920 . Charles J.R. Hart, Chemist
  • 1923 - Cavalier, buy your glasses at Cavalier
  • 1930-1938 . R.H. Stewart, Chemist
  • 1938-1950 . Newcastle Bag Store Pty Ltd, Handbags Travelgoods 
  • Smarts Bag Store
  • Currently - First State Super

Hunter & Scott Sts
203 Hunter St / 159 Hunter St  Newcastle, 1886 . R.O. Charlton, Draper
  • 1909G. Ruggero, Fruiterer
  • 1920-1950 . H.T. Lucernes Meat Markets, Butchers
  • 1930-1938 . Capewell & Taylor, Florists
  • 1950 - Australian Sea Foods
  • 1950 - McGavins Buther Shop, McGavins took over a number of Lucerne's butcher shops in later years including the stores on Hunter Street and at 133 Scott Street. They eventually had more than 20 butcher shops in the region. 
  • 1980 .  St George building Society
  • Currently: .Newcastle Family Practice

205 Hunter St / 159a Hunter St  Newcastle,
  • 1886 - J. Dalby, Boot Shop
  • 1929-1976 -  Sharp's, Boot and Shoe retailers. shop1, the shoe store was taken over by the Wyatt family, following the death of Florence Sharp in 1976. Winns


    207 Hunter St / 161 Hunter St  Newcastle, Winns Building
    • 1878-1909 - The Paragon Hotel  (Jos O.Hanlan)   161 Hunter St
    • 1920-1938 . Wall G. Edwards, Dentist
    • 1929-1976 . Sharp's, Boot and Shoe retailers. shop2
    • 1930 . George Field, Electrical & Wireless supplies.
    • 1930 . Domestic Machinery Co Ltd, Electrical Repairs
    • 1938 . E. White, Tailor
    • 1940 - Howe's Shoes Pty Ltd. Shoe store
    • 1986 - The Greater Newcastle Permanent Building Society
    • Currently: - Newcastle Family Practice 
    Winns (Photo Uni)

    209-223 Hunter St / 163-165 Hunter St  Newcastle, Winns Building
    • 1878-1980 - Winns, William Winn and Company Pty. Ltd. Drapers,  Harriett Johnson,
    • 1947 - SuttonsPlayer Pianos. Beale. Crown, Gul Sransen, etc. Fully reconditioned and guaranteed. Easy terms. SUTTON'S
    • 1986-1994 - Venture, Department Store, was a chain of discount department stores that operated in Australia between 1970 and 1994.CCC
    • Currently - All now demolished, it's now an Apartment building.  
      A HISTORY OF WINNS LTD. FROM OCTOBER, 1878 TO 19th JANUARY, 1980,
    • Property Owner:J KARMAS & A KARMAS (Unit 401) 2304

    • Winns, William Winn and Company Pty. Ltd. Drapers,  Harriett Johnson, born on 11th January, 1823, married James Isaa c Winn in April, 1844. They sailed for Australia on the Templar 11 in May, 1844, arriving in Sydney in August,1844, then sailed to Newcastle , where they settled in Cameron's Hill, Pit Town, now known as Hamilton , on the present site of St . Peter ' s Church of England. In August, 1855, James , who was a carpenter by trade, died, leaving Harriett a widow with four children to support. With little money and no financial security, Harriett opened a small store, probably in part of her home. This was the first Winn's store. The first Methodist church services in Hamilton were held in here in 1858..
      After serving their apprenticeship in Newcastle, two brothers, William and Isaac, went to Melbourne, where they gained valuable experience in a prominent wholesale drapery warehouse . In October, 1878, together with Mrs, Aird, a sister of Mrs, William Winn , they commenced business as co-founders of W. Winn & Co. n a small building with a 19ft. frontage to Hunter Street, The Broadway, Newcastle. The venture had a humble beginning, with only one assistant, and floor space of only 450 sq. ft.


     
    Winn & Co, Drapers 1897 (Photo R Snowball) Spero Digi Color

    211-223 Cnr Hunter St / 167 Hunter St  Newcastle,  Winns Building

    • 1878-1910 - The Hunter River Hotel  (Laurence Kearney)  167 Hunter St
    • 1878 - Winn & Co, Drapers
    • 1986-1994 - Venture, Department Store, was a chain of discount department stores that operated in Australia between 1970 and 1994. Bought by the South Australian department store John Martins Venture is best remembered as a retailer of medium quality women's and children's clothing as well as soft home wares. In 1981, Bob Burke managed andrevitalised the chain, closing unprofitable stores and changing the merchandise focus to budget-priced, quality apparel, aimed mainly at women, teenage girls and children. During Burke's first three years, turnover doubled and profitability increased, aided by a focus on own-branded merchandise which was not subject to competitor comparison. In February 1987, Venture purchased the Waltons (department store) chain from Alan Bond consisting of 47 Waltons and Norman Ross stores. The Waltons stores were converted to Venture outlets, which increased the number of stores to 70 across all states of Australia.Venture experienced financial difficulties in the late 1980s and early 1990s, and was placed in liquidation in April 1994, with all stores closing soon after.
    • 2016 - Green Street, Real estate agent
    • Note- Building  now demolished, termination of block between Scott & Hunter St.termination of block between Scott & Hunter St.termination of block between Scott & Hunter St.now an Apartment building.
    • Currently - Green Street, Real estate agent

      Venture (department store)



      211 Hunter St  (Photo late Percy Sternbeck) 1986
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    ANZ Bank  built as the Bank of Australasia (Photo Google 2018)
                                                              
    225-231 Cnr Hunter St / 171 Hunter St  Newcastle,  ANZ Bank Chambers 
    • 1880-1950 - The Bank of Australasia, (Laurence Kearney) The Bank of Australasia had considered commencing operations in East Maitland from 1839. A Newcastle branch was opened in 1854, supplied at the outset with cash from the East Maitland office. The bank purchased the area bounded by Hunter, Brown, King and Crown Streets, one acre, from the Australian Agricultural Company and erected a bank premises on the corner of Hunter and Brown Streets, gradually selling off the remainder of the block.  It merged with the Union Bank of Australia to form the Australia and New Zealand Bank on 1 October 1951.. 171 Hunter St
    • 1951 - ANZ Bank,  ANZ is one of the largest companies in Australia and New Zealand and a major international banking and financial services group, which is among the top 100 banks in the world.
    • 1960 - first floor  Dr Lindsay and Razmilic Ear Nose and throat specialist.
    • 1980 - Kentucky fried chicken.
    • Property Owner: KENTUCKY FRIED CHICKEN PTY LTD 2086
    • Currently - Momo Wholefood

    227 Hunter St / 173 Hunter St  Newcastle,  ANZ Bank Chambers
    • 1880-1909 . R. Bryant, Saddler   173 Hunter St

    229 Hunter St / 175-177 Hunter St  Newcastle,  ANZ Bank Chambers
    • 1880The Oxford Hotel  (W.Kelly) original hotel, Later extended to the J. Ireland Corner  175 -177 Hunter St
    • 1930-1950 . Workers. Cash Orders and Finance Company Ltd, Agents Financial
    • 1930-1940 . J. Spiller,Chiropodists.177ok
    • 1938 . Electrolux Pty Ltd, Vacuum Cleaners
    • 1940 . G. A. Lows, Frocks
    • 1940-1950 . R. Graham, Building Supplies

    231 Hunter St / 179 Hunter St Newcastle, ANZ Bank Chambers
    • 1880 . P.E. Nerv, Fancy Goods
    • 1890 - G.W. Mulvey, Basket Manufacturing
    • 1909-1950 - Fredrick. W. Krempin, Nursery, seedman, plant seedlings and seed   179 Hunter St
    • 1986 - Peony Decorating
    • Currently - The Flying Tiger cafe.

    233 Hunter St / 181 Hunter St Newcastle

    • 1880 . E. Lewis & Co, Drapers
    • 1909 . M.J. McKensey, Baker,    181 Hunter St
    • 1909-1920 . D.R. Bryant, Sadler
    • 1930 . vacant shop.
    • 1938-1950 . Domestic Machinery Company, bicycle manufacturing, Sewing Machines, Furniture & Bedding.
    • Currently - City Bakehouse, Bakery/Pie shop.
    • Property Owner: DRIMA PTY LTD 2303

    235  Hunter St / 183 Hunter St Newcastle

    • 1880-1909 . J. Ireland, Wholesale Grocer & Product Merchant  183 Hunter St
    • 1920-1938 . Hewit Bros, Hardware MerchantsProperty Owner:V LIM & D M LIM 2300
    • 1930 . C.B.Lusk & Co, Tennis Rep Specialists
    • 1938-1950 . Peter Pan, Childrens Outfitters.
    • 1938-1950 . Rockmans, Frocks
    • 1938 . D. Berg, Carpets & Furniture
    • 1986-1991 - Radio Rentals
    • Currently - The Silver Castle

    237  Hunter St Newcastle  Shops within the Lucky Country Hotel Building

    • 1986 - 1986 - Laines Shops within the Hotel Building
    • 1950 - Dainty Form, Lingerie
    • Currently - The Lucky Country Hotel

    239  Hunter St