The History of Hunter Street
SOUTH SIDE of Hunter Street, #1 to #851 (Page1,H1)
Lost Hunter Street, Newcastle NSW Au
H1 V1.2
A Historical Chronological List of
"Who was who in downtown Hunter Street"
It's people, places, past history to present.


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

Note the new hyperlink notes throughout the site
eg. For further information regarding the Star Hotel, Click Here



Lost Hunter St.... Our story Begins
By, Spero Davias

(Updated 27/05/2020)
drop me an email at spero@soundworld.com.au

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

City of Newcastle

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

If you are looking for my other projects, click below..
Greek Cafes of old Hunter St
History of Newcastle Radio Stations

 On this site, Hunter Street is divided into 2 sides,
This is the 
South side followed by the 
North Side here

The Highlight colours represent HotelCafePlace of Interest,  Night Club 

<<<<<< 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 Hunter Street Click Here


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

South Side of Hunter Street
1 Corner Hunter & Telford Street's Newcastle, East End
  • 1912 - Marsden's Beach Cafe
  • 1926 - The Wattle Cafe
  • 1930 - F. E. Notley 1930-1935, Fruiterer
  • 1935 - The California Cafe, was Relocated to #1 Hunter St after closing down its operations at 147 Hunter St Newcastle to allow for the building of Selfridges and later Coles Variety stores
  • 1979 - The California Cafe & the surrounding buildings were demolished to allow for the extension of Pacific Park
  • Currently - Pacific Park  
  • The California Cafe was Relocated to # 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 were 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 pineaple 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.

GREEK MAFIA IN NEWCASTLE 1928 They caused no harm to anyone, but they had to group together like
brothers and get organized to protect themselves and their hard-earned businesses up and down Hunter Street.
 Most of them from Ithaca. The man on the right (not wearing his hat) is  Arthur Sikiotis, Cafe Proprietor.
Next to him, 'John the Handler' and 'Skinny the Driver'. Standing, 'Shorty the Arranger' and last is uncle Nick 'the Brain' Sikiotis.

California Cafe
California Cafe


The Telford St side of the California Cafe, The Esplanade Hotel on Newcastle Beach, The Butcher Shop, around 1955

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Hunter St Newcastle, 
East End
  • 1926 - The area was known as the east end drifting sand hills
  • 1930 - F. E. Notley, 1930-1938 Book Seller & Stationary
  • 1950 - Liquid Gold, a clothing store.
  • 1960 - Pauls Laundry
  • 1979 - The buildings were demolishedto allow for the extension of Pacific Park
  • Currently- Pacific Park

Hunter St Newcastle, East End
  • 1920 - The area was known as the east end drifting sand hills
  • 1920 - Ern Moroney
  • 1930 - Mrs J. Field, 1930 - 1932
  • 1938 - Ralph Sundstrom
  • 1950 - Northern Spectacle & Optical Co Pty Ltd. Proprietor James Kingston. Later moved to 114 Hunter St
  • 1955 - Beach Hut a clothing store.
  • 1979 - The buildings were demolished to allow for the extension of Pacific Park
  • Currently - Pacific Park


East End with Tyrrell House (Anglican Diocese of Newcastle) at the end of Hunter St
7 Hunter St Newcastle,  East End
  • 1920The area was known as the east end drifting sand hills
  • 1920 - William W. Chandler, 1920-1932
  • 1938 - Mrs M. Thompson
  • 1950 - Shipmates Dairy Delight, a milkshake and ice cream shop.1951
  • 1979 - The buildings were demolished to allow for the extension of 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
  • 1930 - C. Wheatley
  • 1932 - J. Kelly, 1932-1938, Tailor
  • 1950 - Shipmates Sugar & spice, Clem Ashford's very popular Hamburger and Donuts shop.
  • 1979 - The buildings were demolished to allow for the extended Pacific Park
  • Currently - Pacific Park

11 Hunter St Newcastle,  East End
  • 1920 - Vacant land and sand hills
  • 1920 - David J. Quinn, 1920-1938
  • 1930 - Mrs, E. J. Harris, 1930-1938
  • 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
  • 1920 - Mrs Cath Logan
  • 1950 - Frut Shop, Abraham
  • 1979 - The buildings were 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 - Mrs I.M. Wilks
  • 1920 - # 17 - Mrs E.E. Edwards, Fruiterer
  • 1930 - # 17 - Mrs H. McGregor, Cafe
  • 1938 - The Beach Milk Bar, 1938-1940
  • 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). Next door to the Kosciusko was Pacific Park which wound its way up to the old Royal Newcastle Hospital.
  • 1979 - The buildings were 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 Newcastle's beautiful coastline and the city's 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 HunterStreet Click Here

Up and until 1920, the area in the block of shops below, was mainly made up of drifting sand hills, before 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 - Denes & Denes, Refreshment Rooms, the proprietors were Sophianos Denes & Cutsuicles Denes, Originally from the Greek island of Ithaca. He was only 16 when he left home in a sailing ship bound for America. The ship called at Port of 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 proprietor Denes Koutsouvelis.
  • 1956 - All buildings were demolished for the construction of The New Nurses Home wth retail shops below
  • 2001 - The New Nurses Home was converted to the Essington Apartments, wth retail shops below
  • 2004 - The Bogie Hole Cafe, Aaron Buman
  • Currently - Moor Cafe

21 Hunter St  / 35 Hunter St  Newcastle,  East End, The Essington Apartments Building
  • 1932 - Southern Union Insurance Co Ltd
  • 1932 - Fassifern Coal Co Ltd
  • 1938 - Croft Bros Pty Ltd, Colliery Owners 
  • 1940 - Dorothea Salon, Children.s fashion
  • 1945 - Max Stemler, 1945-1950, 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 wth retail shops below
  • 2001 - The New Nurses Home was converted to the Essington Apartments, wth retail shops below
  • Currently - Restaurant Mason  Modern Australian fine dining

23 Hunter St  / 37 Hunter St  Newcastle,  East End, The Essington Apartments Building
  • 1930 - Palais De luxe, 1930-1932, Refreshment Rooms
  • 1930 - Upper Level, 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 Nurses Home was converted to the Essington Apartments, with retail & shops below
  • Currently - Entrance foyer to the Essington Apartments above

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 Nurses Home was converted to the Essington Apartments, with retail & shops below
  • Currently - Entrance foyer to the Essington Apartments above

27 Hunter St Newcastle, East End, The Essington Apartments Building
  • 1921 - The Oxford Cafe
  • 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 - Charker & Co, 1932-1938, Auctioneers
  • 1932 - Hart & Welford, Dressmakers
  • 1956 - All buildings were demolished for the construction of The New Nurses Home above and retail below
  • 2001 - The Nurses Home was converted to the Essington Apartments, with retail & shops below

29 Hunter St Newcastle, East End, The Essington Apartments Building
  • 1930 - Reg Lazarus, Fruit Shop
  • 1930 - J. F. Leach, Cafe,
  • 1932 . C. Atmore, Cafe
  • 1950 - Dens Deli, Proprietor was Nick Politis, having been a deli when he bought it, Nick converted it to a sandwich bar 
  • 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 - W.G. Watson & Co, 1930-1938, Electrical Engineers
  • 1940 - Kia-ora Cafe
  • 1945 - Layfields, Cafe
  • 1946 - Kad's Cafe, Fire in Cafe1947 Firemen forced their way into Kad's Cafe, in Hunter-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 was 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 and books.
  • 1941 - Upper floor, Newcastle Academy of Stage Dancing (Opp. The Old .Sun. Building). Principal: Jeanne Nicholas.
  • 1940 - Vacant
  • Henry Henke Jewelery ?
  • 1956 - All existing buildings were demolished to make way for The New Nurses Home above 
  • 2001 - Nurses Home was converted to the Essington Apartments, with shops below
  • Property Owner:G GERARDI & R GERARDI 2289


Beach Fish Cafe on the left and others before the demolition (Photo University of Newcastle) 1940

35 
Hunter St Newcastle,
East End, The Essington Apartments Building
  • 1920 - Upper Level, Union Pictures Ltd,    The Newcastle Registration Board,   The Newcastle Jockey Club Ltd, 1932-1940.
  • 1940 - Upper Level, 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 with retail below
  • 2001 - The Nurses Home was converted to the Essington Apartments, with retail & shops below

37 Hunter St Newcastle, East End, The Essington Apartments Building
  • 1920 - Johnson & Heys,1920-1945, Typewriter Agents, rebuilt typewriters, all makes , from our contributor Joyce.
  • 1956 -  Buildings were demolished to make way for The New Nurses Home above
  • 2001 - The Nurses Home was converted to the Essington Apartments, with retail below.
  • Currently - The Entrance Foyer to the Essington Apartments


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

39 
Hunter St Newcastle East End, The Essington Apartments Building

  • 1938 - International Business Machines, 1938-1944,  
  • 1940 - J. Litsa, Fishmonger
  • 1944 - The Beach Fish Cafe, 1944-1956, 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 from our home in Telford St, to watch the Queen drive past in February 1954
  • 1956 - All buildings were demolished for the construction of The New Nurses Home with retail below
  • 2001 - The Nurses Home was converted to the Essington Apartments, with retail  below
  • 2008 - CurrentRosina's Italian Restaurant and Pizza

41 Hunter St Newcastle, East End, The Essington Apartments Building
  • 1932 -J.W. 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.
  • 1952 - 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 - R.H.Robertson, 1940-1950, 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 Nurses Home was converted to the Essington Apartments, with retail below
  • Currently- Car Park driveway to The Essington Apartments


The T&G Building

43-45 Cnr Hunter St Newcastle, East End, The T&G Building with various tenants (1920 numbering  system)
  • 1890 - The Great City Oyster Saloon. Proprietor,  Zograf Hresto applied for a wine licence on the premises. It was finally granted 
  • 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 Cafe, 41 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 - Ways Ltd, Cafe
  • 1930 - Upper Floor, South British Insurance Co Ltd, 1930-1932, Queensland Insurance Co. Ltd.
  • 1932 - Mollwraith, McEacharn Ltd, Shipping Agents, This building was originally named ‘Scottish House’. It was built in 1923 for McIlwraith McEacharn Line Pty and designed by Spain and Cosh. Builders Stuart Brothers. The cost of the building and land amounted to approximately £100,000. It was the suite of offices built in Newcastle at the time. (Newcastle Sun 23 July 1923)
  • In 1935, it was bought by the T & G Mutual Life Assurance Society for approximately £90,000.
  • In the early 1990s, the building was known as Hunter House
  • 1932 - GF, Royal Exchange Assurance & State Assurance Co Ltd
  • 1932 - Basement, Railway & Tramway Institute
  • 1932 - 2nd Floor,  F.S.Scorer,1932-1950, Accountant
  • 1932 - 3rd Floor, W.I. Evans, 1932-1950, Agents Manufacturing, The PMG Dept, inspectors & EngineersBritish General Electric Co Ltd, Coal Carriers,  Carrier
  • 1935 - Property purchased by the T & G Mutual Life Assurance Society for approx $90,000, in what was then the biggest sale of any single freehold property in Newcastle.
  • 1937 - The tower was added which became a feature of each of the T & G company buildings
  • 1938 - Farrs Markets Ltd,
  • 1940 - Upper Floors - Hunter Commonwealth Institute of Accountants, Institute. 1940-1950, Lloyds Register of Shipping.
  • 1940 - Blennerhassett Institute of Accountancy, 1940-1950, Business Colleges,  The Newcastle Business Men's Club, 1940-1950
  • 1940 - International Correspondence Schools Pty  Ltd,  Jeater, Rod & Hay, Architects, Produce Broker, Anderson and Bond.
  • 1940 - P.W. Saddington & Son Pty Ltd, 1940-1950, Agents Manufacturing, A.C.Langwill,  Agents Manufacturing
  • 1940 - Upper Floors - MacDonald.s, Hamilton & Co, 1940-1950, Agents Mercantile, Boys E James, Chiropodists.
  • 1940 - Clue Ribbon, Refreshment Rooms
  • 1950 - Upper Floors - Cromarty & Turner, Accountants.
  • 1950 - Flick Pest Control
  • 1990 - Known as Hunter House
  • 1995 - Hunter Street Books, Arthur Warner. Ex Ells Bookstore
  • Currently - The T&G Building Formerly known as Scottish House
<<<< Crossing over Watt St (George St) and continuing west along Hunter Street >>>
Southern side of Hunter St (Wellington St), Watt to Bolton St block... for the North side of Hunter Street Click Here
South Side of Hunter Street (Wellington St)
  • NOTE - 1908, Hunter St Shop Numbering System, began at Watt St. During 1908's 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 Pre 1909, another of the old numbering systems was used, 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. where early Hunter St ended.


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, Lot 56 (in1909 new Numbering System 01 Hunter St begins here)
  • 1800 - Residence of John Bingle, coal and shipping Pioneer, on the corner set back off the road, surrounded by gardens and date palms along the front of the house.
  • 1828 - The Newcastle Inn, John Bingle's house was converted into a hotel, The Newcastle Inn. John Huxham who arrived on the Elizabeth in 1826 became the Innkeeper at the Hotel. By 1928 The Newcastle Inn was one of eight Inns in Newcastle, It was described in as a large brick Inn with good stabling and accommodation.
  • 1830 - John Huxham was re-granted a publican's license for the Newcastle Inn. He held that license for four years then John Hooke joined as proprietor of the house. Andrew Sparke and Edward Priest gave sureties and the license was granted with a fee of 25 pounds. In 1830 both John Hooke and John Huxham fell into debt and the Inn was to be sold at auction. John Huxham was declared insolvent in 1831.
  • 1831-  In the years 1831-1834, Simon Kemp held the licence for The Newcastle Inn, By 1835 Simon Kemp announced that he had made considerable additions and improvements to his Hotel and could now accommodate a greater number of travellers than he had hitherto been able to do. Extensive stabling was available and he assured gentlemen and families travelling to and from Sydney that he could provide every sort of accommodation and comfort. He changed the name of the Hotel to The Commercial Inn Hotel 
  • 1835 -  The Commercial Inn Hotel,  In 1835, 1836 and 1837 Simon Kemp held the licence under the new name of The Commercial Inn Hotel.  
  • 1832 - The Australian Joint  Stock Bank had selected and secured the 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 1852.
  • 1837 -  The license for the Commercial Inn had been taken out by ex convict John Rowell. John Rowell arrived on the Hooghley in 1828. He was previously proprietor of an Inn in Sydney however his ticket of leave was cancelled in 1834 when two convicts on the run were found at his inn. Rowell continued to flout the law. He was fined £1 in December 1837 soon after he took over the Inn for allowing a light to go out at the Inn. In January 1838 he was fined 20/- + costs 2/6- for a breach of licensing act in allowing tippling in his house.
  • 1840 - John Rowell died in March 1840 age 37, and his wife Elizabeth Rowell was granted the license until she transferred it to Hugh McMillan in July 1840
  • 1843 - William Rouse, 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 Newcastle Inn. This Inn was situated at the other end of Hunter Street, near Perkins Street and was also known as Rouse's Hotel.
  • 1859 - November,  The fire bell rang out then shortly afterwards the signal gun was fired from the hill, the most disastrous fire that had ever occurred in Newcastle destroyed several buildings in the main streets of Newcastle. The Commercial Hotel was one of them
  • 1860 - The Australian Joint  Stock Bank 1860-1910, was built on the hotel site (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 first banknotes 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 - Bank of NSW,  1853-1950, was the first to commence operations in Newcastle. 
  • 1876 - The Commercial Banking Co of Sydney, (Percy W Vaughan Mgr.)  Simon Kemp died in 1867
  • 1911 - Australian Bank Of Commerce Ltd 1911-1930, (George Alexander Mgr)  in 1931 - Australian Bank of Commerce was taken over by the Bank of New South Wales.
  • 1920 - The Upper Floors housed,  Liverpool & London & Globe Insurance Co Ltd, 1920-1930,Newcastle Jockey Club,  Newcastle Registration Board,  Liverpool & London Globe InsuranceBoolaroo Racecourse Ltd,   L Cavalier, Optician
  • 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
  • 1950 - Upper Floor, Mcilwraith McEacharn Ltd, Agents Mercantile
  • Currently - Westpac, on the corner of Watt and Hunter Streets
  • The Commercial Hotel was formerly known as the Newcastle Inn and was situated on the corner of Hunter and Watt Streets, Newcastle. In November 1859 the building was destroyed in the most disastrous fire ever seen in Newcastle..
  • For further information regarding the 1859 Fire


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
  • 1854 - Theatre in Newcastle, The First Theatre in Newcastle, Mr. Muriel waited upon and advised Mr. J. Croft (father of the manager (1897) of the Newcastle Co’s pit) who was the licensee of the Commercial Hotel, where the A.J.S. Bank stands, to erect a theatre, which he did, the building extending from the present bank corner as far as Lashmore’s in Hunter Street. It was then the Theatre Royal in Watt street was founded in the premises vacated by Messrs. Broughton and Downie, grocers, with whom the present Mayor of Newcastle served his apprenticeship.)
  • 1859 - The theatre building was destroyed by fire. The most disastrous fire that had ever occurred in Newcastle destroyed several buildings in the main streets of Newcastle
  • 1876 - The Commercial Banking Co of Sydney, purchased the property
  • 1891 - Scott The  Draper.  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..
  • 1895 - City Banking Co of Sydney, (Percy W. Vaughan)  03 Hunter St
  • 1920 - Upper Floors, W.M. Shedden & Son, Auctioneers, real estate,   George Charles Greenham, Greenham Studio, The AMP Society,   North British & Merc Ins Co,  L5, Mr Bruce, Dentist. 1950-1970, 1970 - DX Document  Mail Office, Document Exchange for legal offices, Dr Ben Champion, dentist also worked at The RNH. as specialist, Greenham Studio's
  • 1930 - Donald, Chemist, 1930-1960
  • 1960 - The City Pharmacy
  • Currently - The City Pharmacy
  • For further information regarding 'The first theatre in Newcastle' click here


City Banking Co of Sydney on left, View up Hunter St from the Watt St intersection (Photo Ncle Herald) 1905

  • Recalling the town in 1866, Mr Thomas Brown wrote that it was "surrounded by a tangled mass of brushwood" with "dilapidated fencing, wretched huts and lots of sand". The streets, including Hunter Street, were "unpaved, grass-grown and deserted".

55 Hunter St / 05 Hunter St  Newcastle,  East End,  AMP Building
  • 1854 - Theatre, the first theatre in Newcastle at the rear of the Savings Bank
  • 1859 - November,  the most disastrous fire that had ever occurred in Newcastle destroyed several buildings in the main streets of Newcastle
  • 1860 - Savings Bank of NSW, (Walter F. Gale Mgr)
  • 1909 - South British Fire & Marine Insurance Co Ltd, 1909-1927, Later moved to Scott & Bolton Sts   05 Hunter St
  • 1927 - AMP building , Commercial Palazzo. 
  • 1940 - Upper Floor, The AMP Society
  • 1970 - Pine's Fine Wines, 1970-2008,
  • 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.


61 Hunter St / 11 Hunter St, The City Restaurant.(center left) later the Coffee Inn  1890

57 Hunter St / 07 Hunter St Newcastle,  East EndAMP Building
  • 1854 - Theatre, the first theatre in Newcastle at the rear of the Restaurant
  • 1859 - November,  the most disastrous fire that had ever occurred in Newcastle destroyed several buildings in the main streets of Newcastle
  • 1860 - Restuarant
  • 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
  • 1883 - Hamburg Coffee Palace, prorietor Adolph Kuhnell,
  • 1888 - The Australian Cafe Mrs F. Leatheby, 1888-1905, the restaurant was Offered for Sale   7 Hunter St
  • 1909 - Donald Chemist, Robert C. Donald,  1909-1930, Chemist,  7 Hunter St
  • 1930 - AMP Chambers
  • 1940 - Upper Level, John M Roggero, Solicitor,  Sparke & Helmore, Solicitors,   J. V. Daniel, Accountant, 1950 R.C. Vidal & Company, Accountant, Great Northern Discount & Fin Company Pty Ltd, Agents Financial 
  • Currently - Lucas & Associates Solicitors


Left is the P&O Building, Center is The Coffee Inn Cafe  c1940

59 Hunter St / 09 Hunter St  East End, Newcastle, P&O Building
  • 1859 - November,  the most disastrous fire that had ever occurred in Newcastle destroyed several buildings in the main streets of Newcastle.
  • 1863 - The City Restaurant.  Mr.William Lashmore, shop 9 & 11 Hunter St,  as advertised, The Coolest Dining Rooms in the Northern District, are Fred Chambers,  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.
  • 1905 - George Studdart,  Locksmith
  • 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
  • 2008 - Surgery
  • Currently - The Medical Practice Newcastle, Dr. Lester Grace
  • Property Owner:C GRACE 2300


61 Hunter St / 11 Hunter St, Coffee Inn (Photo late Percy Sternbeck) 1986
61 Hunter St / 11 Hunter St Newcastle, East End
  • 1863 - The City Restaurant.  (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 offerd for sale.
  • 1890 - The City Restaurant offerd for sale, 1891 Auctioned all fittings
  • 1905 - L. Davies, Pastry Cook  11 Hunter St
  • 1920 - Arthur Smalley, Bookseller & Newsagent
  • 1930 - Upper Floor, P.C. Rudge & Co, Tailors
  • 1932 - C. V. Ell, Typewriter & Office Equipment
  • 1930 - The Coffee Inn, 1930-1950, 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.
  • 1986 - Newcastle Travel,
  • 2012 - Sandy Chong Hair Design,
  • 2008 - Current - Gallary
  • Property Owner: J A MORGAN 2289


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

63 Hunter St / 13 Hunter St  Newcastle, East End
  • 1988 - W.Collins, Tailoring Establishment
  • 1897 - Henry AsserBookseller, Stationer & Stationer
  • 1905 - 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 - Greentree & Robertson, 1930-1990, Chemist
  • 1950 - J.A. Robertson, Chemist
  • 1986 - Hunter Street Books, Arthur Warner. Ex Ells Bookstore
  • 2008 - Warwick Hill, Family Law
  • 2017 - Doggy Chu
  • 2019 - Current - KiKi Fashion Co. on trend but exclusive female apparel fashion pieces 
  • Property Owner:J A MORGAN 2303


Yacht Club Hotel,  65 Hunter St / 15 Hunter St, (Photo via Newcastle Herald) 1876

65 Hunter St / 15 Hunter St, Newcastle, East End, Westminster Apartments  Building  (In 1909 = 15 Hunter, In 1910 known as 65 Hunter) 35
  • 1854 - Joseph Hollinshead,  Joseph opened a business in 1854 opposite the police station as an importer of china, glassware and Bostock boot and shoes. He then built the Royal Exchange Hotel cnr Hunter and Wolfe and moved 1866. The china etc sold from the same building until transferred to the council building 71 &73 Hunter street. From contributor Russell Willis Descendant.
  • 1855 - Joseph Spragg's, general store.Joseph Spragg's store was a general one in every sense of the word, where, so to speak, the customer, could purchase anything from a needle to an anchor.
  • 1859 - November,  the most disastrous fire that had ever occurred in Newcastle destroyed several buildings in the main streets of Newcastle
  • 1867 - The Yacht Club HotelBuilt by Joseph Hollinshead James Harrison Hubbard held the licence from 1867 - 1881. In the sixties, the ordinary bill of fare at the Yacht Club Hotel (on between 1 p.m. and 2 pm) was a grilled chop or steak, a hot potato and a pint of beer, all for 1shilling. It was here that the regatta committee met in the days when James Hannell was the president. Proprietor James Harrison Hubbard was a large land speculator with Mr. Chinchen. They bought and subdivided, among other areas, Islington - where their names were perpetuated in the street naming scheme of the local government authority and the original Mayfield. Mr. Hubbard died in the late1880s. There was a large attendance at his funeral.   
  • 1876 - Fire at the Yacht Club Hotel, Newcastle Herald " 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".The Yacht Club Hotel was pulled down and the Westminster Hotel erected in its place in the 1890's
  • 1892 - The Westminster Hotel 1892-1990, The original 4 Level 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
  • 1921 -The Westminster Hotel, as it appears today, was rebuilt after the the original one was demoloshed around 1920 possibly due to fire.
  • 1943 - Fire damaged the Westminster Hotel
  • 1986 - The Dolce Vita Restaurant, Upper level 1, 1986-1990,  which then relocated after earthquake damage to 81 Hunter Street.
  • 1990 - The Westminster Hotel ceased trading when It was purchased by Nick Raftos who had the icence transfered to 'The Me an Fiddler Hotel' in Rouse Hill, then redeveloped the hotel into 'shop top Apartments'
  • 2012 - Westminster Coffee Lounge opened on the Ground Floor
  • 2014 - Current - SushiNet on the Gr Floor with the Westminster Apartments above.

        
The present  Westminster Hotel on left        (Photo Uni)       the first Westminster on right  1898

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Hunter St / 17-19 Hunter StNewcastle, 
East End, The Commercial Bank of Australia Building 

  • 1856 - R. C. Knaggs & Co, Newcastle Medical Hall,
  • 1891 - The American Bar Cafe.
  • 1905 - Herewd S, Hewison,  Bookseller
  • 1909 - Robert Edmunds, Bookseller
  • 1910 - The Commercial Bank of Australia Ltd1910-1958, , Note: CBA of Australia merged with Westpac in 1982
  • 1915 - J. George, Hairdresser
  • 1932 - L, Dobie, Cafe
  • 1940 - Upper Level, J. L. Shaw,Broker,    Mutual Life and Citizens Assurance Co,  Dr E.W. Ferguson,    Eric ArmstrongSolicitor,    J. E. Capper, Accountant,     Miss K. Hanson, Masseures.   Government Insurance Office.
  • 1950 - Upper Level, Lamb & Boa, Accountant,    R.S.Timbury, Agents Manufacturing, T.E. Flett, Chiropodists, V.Skeats Hairdresser,
  • 2000 - Upper Level, Renovated New Apartments plus a New built  top Floor Apartment
  • 2000 - Current G & G Gelato, AA Brothers, Computer Parts, and a block of Apartments above

71-73 Cnr Hunter & Bolton Sts 21 Hunter St Newcastle  East End,  CBC Building, Lot 58
  • 1828 - James and Nancy McClymont became innkeepers at The Ship Inn, then located at the foot of Watt Street. When James McClymont died in 1829, John Hillier took over as innkeeper. John Hillier later moved to Morpeth where he became a store keeper. In the 1832 James Pawsey kept the The Ship Inn, although in 1831 and 1832 he was issued a publican's license for The Australian Inn. The Ship Inn was situated on or close to the site of the future Great Northern Hotel.
  • 1834 - The Union Inn Hotel on the corner of Hunter & Bolton Sts, The site was granted to Samuel Lyons and purchased later the same year by John Butler Hewson who later constructed a hostelry on the site, The Union Inn was a cottage style building. Former constable John Butler Hewson arrived on the Mangles in 1820. By 1831 he was employed as a Constable at Newcastle. In 1832 he was appointed gaol keeper at Newcastle gaol was granted a licence for The Union Inn.  In 1835 He advertised good stabling and a selection of wine and spirits.  He held the license for the Union Inn at Newcastle from 1835 to 1844.
  • 1840 - Robert Tighe, a former soldier of the 28th regiment was employed as chief constable at Newcastle in 1839. He took over the licence of the Union Inn in 1840-1841. Robert Tighe died in March 1844.
    1844 - John Butler Hewson was granted the licence for the Woolpack Inn situated in Bolton Street, Newcastle.
  • 1845 - The licence for the The Union Inn was transferred by Robert's widow Sarah Tighe to William Latham. By 1846 William Latham was in financial difficulty.
  • 1846 - James Hannell had the licence moved for the Ship Inn from the The Union Inn to the diagonally opposite corner of Hunter and Bolton Streets. The old building of the original Union Inn on the corner of Hunter and Bolton Streets was demolished and a new two story building was erected and named The Woolpack. It was said to be one of the most classic buildings in the town. it included the three cottages adjoining The Woolpack with a frontage to Bolton Street. Many years later James Hannell and the Ship Inn were still remembered......Under James Hannell's regime the 'Ship Inn' became the leading hostelry in the town.
  • 1847 - The Woolpack was advertised for sale by Helenus Scott along with several other properties. 
  • 1850 - The name was changed to the Prince of Wales Hotel, Lewis Jones was the innkeeper of the Prince of Wales from the mid 1850s until 1870. Some years later the building was occupied by the Bank of New Zealand the then passed into the hands of the Commercial Banking company of Sydney.
  • 1856 - The license for The Union Inn was transferred by John Butler Hewson to a new Inn in Blane Street, (The Union Inn Hotel) close to Mackie's furniture store.This was built on land purchased in 1853 from the Australian Agricultural Company which became known as Honeysuckle point.
  • 1859 - Prince of Wales Hotel. was owned by Mary Ann Hudson . In 1875 the proprietor was Andrew Kirkaldy.
  • 1878 - Bank of New Zealand, The Prince of Wales Hotel, with the two cottages in its rear, were bought at auction by the Bank of New Zealand for the sum of 5000 pounds. It is intended to renovate entirely the front portion of the building for the purpose of converting it into a branch of the New Zealand Bank, the houses in the rear having to be removed for the building in their place, of a residence for the Bank manager.
  • 1894 - Peter PaxinosFruiterer,  Restaurant and refreshment room.
  • 1902 - Sam Barnett  1902-1905, Tobacconist, Manila Cigars 6 pounds per 1000,
  • 1905 - Commercial Banking Co of Sydney, 1909-1938,  It was designed in 1920 by architects , Kent and Massie who were responsible for numerous grand buildings throughout NSW. They were commissioned by the Commercial Banking Company of Sydney (CBC Bank) to build the present building. 21 Hunter St
  • 1920 - The Commonwealth Bank Of Australia, 1920-1940, 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 - G. F. O'Sullivan & Co, Tailors
  • 1930 - Upper Level,  Fassifern Coal Co Ltd, Southern union Insurance Co Ltd, The Motor Traders Insurance Co 
  • 1950 - Upper Level, 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.
  • Currently - Commercial Banking Co of Sydney Building With apartments above
South Side of Hunter Street (Wellington St)
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Rural Bank Cnr Bolton & Hunter St, looking west from Post Office 1972 (Photo Newcastle Herald) digi col

75-77 
Cnr Hunter St / 23 Hunter St,
 Newcastle, East End  The Rural Bank bulding, Lot 59

  • 1876 - The Criterion Hotel  1876-1956,  Also known as Buchanan's Criterion Hotel in 1988, (1883-1888 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 - John Broughton, 1876-1920, Shipping Merchant
  • 1920 - J. Elliott, Cafe
  • 1932 - Electric Photo Studio, 1932-1938
  • 1956 - The Criterion Hotel was Demolished for the building of the The Rural Bank bulding
  • 1958 - The Rural Bank, 1958-1972.  with various tenants.
  • 2008 - Lucky 7, Conveniance Store
  • Currently - Out Of The Square, Store & Newsagent,               23chk
  • Property Owner: MEZEI HOLDINGS PTY LTD (Unit 3) 2300


Criterion Hotel Cnr Bolton & Hunter St, looking west from Post Office (Photo Newcastle Herald) 1956

79 Hunter St / 25 Hunter St, Newcastle, East End  The Rural Bank bulding
  • 1886 - John Broughton Ltd, 1886-1920, Shipping Merchant
  • 1932 - Alex Peate & Co, 1932-1938, Tailors
  • 1950 - Eric Tandy, Mercer
  • 2001 - Current - Newcastle CBD Newsagency

79a Hunter St / 25a Hunter St, Newcastle, East End
  • 1938 - Back in a Day, Newcastle Pty Ltd, Dry Cleaners
  • 2015 - Cheries
  • Currently - Hunter 81 Boutique


Tom H Ingall's & Lynch,  27-29 Hunter Street / 81 Hunter St (Photo Ralph Snowball) 1898

81 Hunter St / 27 Hunter St, Newcastle East End, Commerce House
  • 1880 - Frederick Alcock
  • 1889 - Tom H. Ingall & Lynch, 1889-1908, Milliners & Dressmaking, General Draper Clothier, Tom H Ingall has disolved partnership with R Ingall and Sons and has bought Mr Frank Alcock's stock and business, Tom H. Ingall has not retired from business, but is as busy as ever at Commerce House27 Hunter st 
  • 1905 - Russell Wilkins & Sons, IronMongers,
  • 1909 - Shaw & Sons Ltd, 1909-1920, IronMongers, Hardware & Fancy Goods
  • 1920 - Harcourts, 1920-1930, Hatters & Mercers
  • 1930 - Hotel Brokers & Commercial Agents
  • 1930 - Joseph Kelly, Tailor
  • 1932 - Silk Fashions
  • 1938 - Capewell & Taylor, Florists
  • 1947 - Scott.s Milk Bar 1947-1950, 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
  • 1985 - Trojan Horse Taverna, 1985-1989,  Dion Cominos transformed the old Brazil into the new Trojan Horse. it featured a live lobster tank and a Greek Band, Belly dancers & a Greek Dance Troup that would teach Zorba to the patrons. Other features of the restaurant include a vast Greek Menu and traditional ‘Plate Smashing’. The Ground Floor café was transferred into a Hair Salon which is still operating.
  • 1990 - The Dolce Vita Restaurant, moved from Westminster Hotel 1990-1998
  • Currently - Hunter 81 Ladies  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 with Chef Pasquale. 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, Commerce House
  • 1876 - London Chartered Bank Of Australia, W.A. Orr Mgr
  • 1880 -  Frederick Alcock
  • 1889 - Tom H. Ingall & Lynch, 1889-1908, Milliners & Dressmaking, General Draper Clothier, Tom H Ingall has disolved partnership with R Ingall and Sons and has bought Mr Frank Alcock's business, Tom H. Ingall has not retired from business, but is as busy as ever at Commerce House,  shop1 29 Hunter st
  • 1886 - Six Business Places Burned Down. Shortly after 2 o'clock, new years day, the fire-bells pealed forth an alarm, showing that another destructive fire bad comnienced its ravages in our city. On arriving at the scene of the conflagration it was found to have broken out out on the premises of Mr. T. P. Lynch, grocer, of Hunter-street, betweeen the Hunt Club and Criterian hotels
  • 1909 - The Government Savings Bank
  • 1920 - George A. Campbell, 1920-1938, Hairdresser and Tobaconist, (double size shop 83-85 Hunter st) as advertised "have our hairdressers choose your new razor and strop and be sure of the best results.
  • 1960 - Pharmacy
  • 2015 - Hearing Life (4/81 Hunter St)
  • Currently - La Femme


    Campbells Cycle Depot, 85 Hunter S t / 31 Hunter St (Photo Bert Lovett)1890
    85 Hunter St / 31 Hunter St, Newcastle  East End
    • 1876 - George Tribe, Tobacconist
    • 1884 - Schumacher, Hairdressing
    • 1886 - Burned to the ground in one of the towns worst fires
    • 1890 - George H. Campbell, 1890-1950, Hairdresser,  (double size shop 83-85 Hunter)  29/31 Hunter St
    • 1920 - Johnston & Co,  Fancy Goods
    • 1930 - W.F. Hutchinson, Dentist
    • 1930 - Maisonette, 1930-1938, Ladies Hairdresser
    • 1932 - M. Engert, Dental Mechanic
    • 1940 - The Devonshire Coffee Lounge, 1940-1945,  Bakehouse. 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,  the vacant Devonshire Coffee Lounge was taken over by Nick Raftos who completely renovated the site and opened  the gift store .Dimity.s Cards and Party Shop.
    • 2010 - Newcastle Bakehouse, 2010-2017
    • 2017 - These Days
    • Currently - Vacant

    87 Hunter St / 33 Hunter St Newcastle, East End

    • 1876 - W.H. Green, Ironmonger, two story brick building
    • 1905 - Joseph Johnson & Co, Fancy Goods  33 Hunter St
    • 1920 - Christie's, 1920-1930, Skirts & Umbrellas
    • 1965 - Tom Menzies, 1965-1975, Jeweler, shop1
    • 2010 - Silver Tree, Gifts and Jewelery
    • 2015 - Current - Shannon Hartigan Images, shop1
    • Property Owner: D REINER 2298


    89 Hunter St / 35 Hunter St Newcastle
    • 1876 - W.H. Green, Ironmonger, two story brick building
    • 1905 - Alexandria Tea Rooms
    • 1909 - The British Piano Depot, Walter Stent, Music Teacher, Miss Jean Garrett, Music Teacher, Miss Doris Napier-North, Music Teacher 35 Hunter St
    • 1920 - George Paxinos, Refreshment Rooms & Confectionary
    • 1930 - C. Hyman, 1930-1950,  Watchmaker & Jeweler
    • 1955 - Prouds, Watchmaker & Jeweler
    • 1965 - Tom Menzies, 1965-1975, Jeweler, shop2
    • 2010 - Silver Tree, Gifts and Jewelery
    • 2015 - Current - Shannon Hartigan Images, shop2


    Looking Westt down Hunter St  (Newcastle and Hunter District Historical Society archives)1950's

    91 Hunter St / 37 Hunter St Newcastle
    • 1897 - Refreshment Room, by The NSW Aerated and Confectionery Shop. 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.
    • 1905 - Peter Paxinos, Fruiterer
    • 1920 - J.A. Woodcock, Fruiterer
    • 1935 - Barnetts Tobacco, Nu-way Tobacco's sold only at Barnett's  ..
    • 1938 - Macey's, Ladies Wear, 1938-1950
    • Currently - PixelPro- Photo Printing & Picture


    Toni.s Cafe (Photo by Matthew Ward)1940
    93 Hunter St / 39 Hunter St Newcastle
    • 1905 - Joseph 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 1940-1947, Toni's advertised, Fishermen, Please Note. Best prices for Jewfish and Schnapper given at Toni's.  phone B1964
    • 1947 - The Treasury Cafe. 1947-1952, The 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.
    • 1999 - Kodak Store
    • 2011 - The Deck Homewares & Fashion, 2011-2018, Fashion store, 
    • Currently - Vacant

    93a Hunter St / 41 Hunter St  Newcastle
    • 1884 - John Starr, City Oyster Salon, 
    • 1886 - Burned to the ground, Senior-Constable McVane states he heard cries of alarm proceeding from Mrs. Starr, proprietress of the City Oyster Saloon.He ran to the spot, and found the whole place and adjoining premises filling with dense smoke, but no signs of flame. He went out again into the street under the verandahs, and, listening at Lynch's next door, heard crackling of fire
    • 1905 - Peter HrestoOyster 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 - San Toy Cafe 1936-1940, Karl Hansen         
    • 2011 - The Deck Homewares & Fashion  
    • Currently - Vacant
    • Property Owner:K MILAS 2300

    95  Hunter St / 43 Hunter St  Newcastle East, Lot 60
    • 1884 - T. P. Lynch,  Grocer
    • 1886 - Burned to the ground in one of the towns worst fires, On the western side of Lynch's is Mr. Edward Smith's drapery store, having a brick wall seperating it from Lynch's store. This checked the progress of the flames materially, but a large amount of damage has been done to the goods and property on the premises.
    • 1905W.H. Soul & Co Newcastle Ltd, 1909-1932, Chemist  43 Hunter St
    • 1910Pattinson & Co Ltd, 1910-1932, Chemist 
    • 1920 - L. S. McMaugh, Dentist  ok43
    • 1938 - Ells Bookstore, 1938-1950,  books, toys and stationery
    • 1950 - F. J. Palmers and Son's Ltd
    • 2010 - NNT, Uniforms
    • 2015 - Vacant
    • 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 Building, Lot 61
    • 1884 - Mr Edward Smith, Drapery, Clothing store, 
    • 1886 - Burned to the ground in one of the towns worst fires
    • 1905 - Thomas D. Byrne, Hairdresser 45 Hunter St
    • 1909 - Alfred D. Robinson, 1909-1920, Hairdresser 45 Hunter St
    • 1930 - Sam Barnett, Tobacco Merchant.
    • 1930 - Newcastle Standard Laundry Ltd
    • 1930 - Upper floor - G.S. Cole, Dentist,  O.Sullivan, Tailor
    • 1950 - F. J. Palmers and Son's Ltd
    • 2010 - Vodafone, Optus, Telstra Shop
    • 2015 - Happy Herb Shop,
    • 2017 - Ubuntu, Wellness Clinic
    • Currently - Vacant
    • Property Owner: ITHACA INVESTMENTS PTY LTD 2300

    99 Hunter St / 47 Hunter St  Newcastle East,   Emporium Building, Lot 61
    • 1876 - T. Egglestone,  Greengrocer, Fruiterer, Seedsman
    • 1886 - Burned to the ground in one of the towns worst fires
    • 1903 - Signor Zanoni Studio.sa Mandolin, Violin, and Piano Tuition. Signor Zanoni visits all suburbs.
    • 1905 - Lee & Co, Tailors shop1  47 Hunter St
    • 1918 - Coo Ee Clothing Company, 1918-1950, Tailors, Boys clothing retail, shop1
    • 1950 - F. J. Palmers and Son's Ltd
    • 1940 - Hinton Signs, Signwriter.
    • 1970 - Cafe Continental, owned by John (Yianko) & Sia Rafty. The proprietor was Demetre Carathanasis (Jim Carr) then later it was George Rafty
    • 1989 - Cafe Continental, Proprietor Bruce Derkenne, Purchased the Cafe in June 1989, then closed after the Earthquake of 89
    • 2010 - Flight Centre Newcastle
    • CurrentlyFlight Centre Newcastle


    L to R, Scott and Airds Gentleman’s Mercers and Hatters and Lock’s Hotel, (photo Norm Barney)1880
    Looking up Newcomen St from Hunter St

    101 Cnr Hunter St / 49 Hunter St Newcastle East,  Emporium Building, Lot61
    • 1876 - Galley's Family Hotel (George Galley) Much to the disappointment of a crowd of persons, numbering about 1,000, the feat of wire-rope walking announced to take place on a telegraph wire stretched from Galley's Family Hotel over to tihe Crystal Palace, in HuInter-street. did not come off, on account of the police refusing to grant the necessary permission..
    • 1880 - Scott and Airds, City House , 1880-1891+, Gentleman’s Mercers,and Hatters (Scott from Later Scotts & Aird Later from Airds)
    • 1884 - E. O'Gallagher, Draper
    • 1886 - Six Business Places Burned Down in one of the towns worst fires (except this corner as it was made of brick)
    • 1886 - Developed by Henry Buchanan, a prominent citizen and mayor. Also known as Buchanan’s Colonnade. Had a 2 storey veranda.
    • 1905 - Lee & Co, Tailors Shop2   49 Hunter St
    • 1918 - Coo Ee Clothing Company, 1918-1950, Tailors, Boys clothing retail, shop2
    • 1920 - G.C. Henderson, Tailor, Mr.Arthur Dodd served an apprenticeship with George Henderson, the tailors at the Cnr. Hunter and Newccmnen Sts. Newcastle . I started at the age of fourteen in 1919 and served five years apprenticeship. During that time we would sit on the table with our legs crossed and sew from the knee. This expression "made on the knee" came frcm the way we used to sew. Today, of course they sit on a chair.
    • 1940 - R. Wilson, Fishmonger
    • Harrey's Bag Store
    • 1942 - The Matara Gourmet BarIt was located on the east corner of Hunter & Newcomen St,  It was owned by John (Yianko) Rafty
    • 1960Shindig Village NightClub, Upper Floor, owned by John (Yianko) Rafty, above the Matara Bar. It was operated by Phil & Jenny Clarke who also owned Pumpkins Boutique.
    • 1967 - Margo's ladies fashion boutique, 1967-1980, Upper Level 1,  Accesssed by entrance from Newcomen St
    • 2009 - Oporto Chicken
    • 2015 - Hunter Gourmet Pizza
    • 2017 - Current - Vacant Store
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    South side of Hunter St, Newcomen to Laing St Block
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    South Side of Hunter Street (Wellington St)


    103 Hunter st, Newcomen St Corner, Gloria Jeans, The Astoria Cafe & others   1940's


    103 Hunter st, Newcomen St Corner, LtoR, Locke's Hotel, Scotts & Mrs Prevost  (Photo Ralph Snowballl) 1897

    103 Cnr Hunter St / 51 Hunter St Newcastle, Commercial Building  c1927, Lot 101
    • 1864 -  Mr Watson constructed the building 'Glasgow House' on the corner. Its early tenant was John Cowan an established Draper. John married Louisa Clarke in 1866. Louisa was the step daughter of Harriett Winn Clarke, mother of Issac and William Winn, founders of Winn's Ltd.
    • 1868 - Mr Watson constructed the building 'Victoria House' on the same site.
    • 1888 - Mr Joseph Wood JP, purchased the two shops and the Hotel for 12,000 pounds at Auction
    • 1886 - The Hunt Club Hotel  M.J. Moroney   chk ok 1886 Maps
    • 1890 - Locke's Hunt Club Hotel Henry Locke
    • 1898 - The Beauchamp Hotel
    • 1905 - The  Masonic Hotel 1905-1927, (George K McLaren, Masonic Hotel 1920 Richard Bath) 51 Hunter St
    • 1927 - Commercial Building, of the Inter-War era replaced the Hunt/Masonic Hotels
    • 1930 - Andersons, M. Anderson, 1930-1946, Dress Trimmings, Specialising in ready to wear robes. Frocks, Furs
    • 1938 - Margos, 1938-1970,  Owned by Griff Jones, Morgan Jones Solicitors father.
    • 1990 - The Sock Shop,
    • 2010 - Gloria Jeans Coffee Shop.
    • Currently - The Ground Floor Cafe          ok51

    The Astoria Cafe with Jerry Kolivas, 103A-105 Hunter St / 53-59 Hunter St  (digi color Spero) 1943

    103A-105 Hunter St / 
    53 Hunter St Newcastle, Lot 101
    • 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, 1886-1900
    • 1887 - D. Marks (Late of Ford Marks & Co)
    • 1890 - Scotts Ltd, Drapers, 1890-1909. William Scott, William Scott, began his business here.
    • 1910 - T.J. Charnock, Tailor
    • 1925 - The Astoria Sundae Parlor, 1925-1938, 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. 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 - Mac Frank, 1938-1950, Boot and Shoe retailers.  
    • 1955 - Anderson's, Frocks
    • Currently - Subway Restaurant.
    • Property Owner: LANDCOM
    • Subway Restaurant. In 1965, Fred DeLuca borrowed $1,000 from friend Peter Buck to start "Pete's Super Submarines" in Bridgeport, Connecticut, and in the following year, they formed Doctor's Associates Inc. to oversee operations of the restaurants as the franchise expanded.The holding company derives its name from DeLuca's goal to earn enough from the business to pay tuition for medical school, as well as Buck's having a doctorate in physics. Doctor's Associates is not affiliated with, nor endorsed by, any medical organization.In 1968, the sandwich shop was renamed "Subway". It is one of the fastest-growing franchises in the world and, as of June 2017, had approximately 42,000 locations in more than 100 countries. More than half of the locations are in the United States.It also is the largest single-brand restaurant chain, and the largest restaurant operator, in the world


    The Astoria Cafe 103a-105 Hunter St  / 55-61 Hunter St, (Spero digi color)


     
    Scotts Ltd, Drapers 103a-105 Hunter St  / 55-61 Hunter St,  1897

    105 Hunter St / 
    55 Hunter St Newcastle, 
      Commercial Building  c1890, Lot 101
    • 1860 - J.C. Kelly, Drapers
    • 1886 - Six Business places burnt down, 1st Jan1886 Fire broke out in the buildings around Lynch
    • 1890 - Scotts Ltd, Drapers, 1890-1909. William Scott, began his business in a small shop, even smaller than the one in the Photo  53-61 Hunter St
    • 1920 - Mick Simmons Ltd, 1910-1953, Tobaconists
    • 1970 - MG23-22, 1970-1990, Womans Fashion Stores, The Scarf Factory was on the upper Level
    • 2010 - Guaralara
    • 2010 - Porky's Cream on Hunter
    • 2015 - NookStore, Clothing, independent mens streetwear
    • Currently - NookStore


    L to R, Hunt Club Hotel, Scotts,   Mrs Prevost,  Madam Weigel, Tom Ellis  Bootmaker, J Lynch,
    103-107 Hunter /
    51-61 Hunter St
    , (Photo R. Snowball) 1891

     107 Hunter St / 57 Hunter St Newcastle,   Fletcher Jones Building 1929, Lot 102
    • 1876 - Mrs Prevost, Fancy Goods (in shop 107)  begs to inform the inhababitants of Newcastle that she has removed to more central premises lately ocupied by Mrs Cowan next door to the Hunt Club Hotel Hotel, Later moved accross the road so Scotts could expand their business.
    • 1876 - Madam Weigel,  Cut Paper Patters    57 Hunter St
    • 1876 - Tom Ellis  Bootmaker. Cheap boot repairs. Every description of Ladies' and Gents' Boots to measure, at the usual low rates for cash. Running Shoes a speciality. Repairs left-in the morning may be had  same day.  As 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   1889 Wanted, Strong Lad to make himself generally usefull. ..   57-61 Hunter St (locked in)
    • 1876 - J. Lynch.  General Drapery, Clothing, Hats, Carpets  597 Hunter St
    • 1886 - Six Business places burnt down, 1st Jan1886 Fire broke out in the buildings around Lynch
    • 1886 - R. Ingall & Sons, Milliners
    • 1891 - Scotts Ltd, Drapers, 1891-1909 William Scott, began his business here, by 1898 Scotts expanded to other shops next door.
    • 1905 - Mark Murdoch & Co, Tailor
    • 1910 - Mick Simmons Ltd, 1910-1953, Tobacconist
    • 1932 - Creed's Ltd, 1932-1938, Robe Specialists
    • 1932 - W.S. BrendenRadio, Sporting Requirements
    • 1950 - Headwise Hats Pty Ltd, Milliners
    • 1950 - Fletcher Jones Australia
    • 2010 - Upper Floor, Pol-arise, pole and aerial dance fitness studio.
    • 2010 - Porky's Cream on Hunter
    • Currently - Porky's Cream on Hunter and at 107G,The Nook Store, dedicated to providing some of the best independent mens streetwear.


    L to R, Lynch, A.J. Potter,  over the road to Fetherstone Cnr Hunter & Morgan Sts /109-111 Cnr Hunter S (Photo R. Snowball) 1891

    109-111 Cnr Hunter St / 59-61 Hunter St  Newcastle, Sanitarium Building, Lot 102
    • 1886 - A.J. Potter & Co, 1886-1950, The goldsmiths and silversmiths Coy, Watchmaker, Jewelers, Milners Fire & Burglar proof safe.  63 Hunter St
    • 1893 - G.J. Borinshaw, Hatter & Mercer,  61 Hunter St
    • 1894 - Commercial Building was built, Classical Revival style.One of many commercial buildings scattered around the city
    • 1895 - Cook and Co, Economical Cash Drapers, The owner was Julia Ann Curtin who was a dressmaker 
    • 1909 - Upper floor, George Williams, Music Teacher
    • 1920 - Commonwealth Shoe Co Ltd
    • 1930 - Upper floor, Simmons Chambers,  Shop Assistants Union,    A.J. Larkin, Dentist,    A.J. Reedman, Builder
    • 1932 - Mac's  Boot Shop, 1932-1938,
    • 1932 - Mick Simmons Ltd, 1932-1940, Tobacconist 109
    • 1932 - H.E. Koll, Chemist
    • 1934 - The Dell, Restaurant
    • 1936 - Gibb & Beeman, Ltd, 1936-1940, J.W. Beeman & T. Reid, Optometrists and Opticians 109 Hunter St
    • 1970 - Camera House
    • 2018 - Teddy Boutique
    • Currently - Teddy Boutique

    113-115 Cnr Hunter St / 63 Hunter St  Newcastle, Sanitarium Building, Lot 102
    • 1886 - A.J. Potter & Co, 1886-1950, Watchmaker,Jewelers  63 Hunter St
    • 1891 - Upper Floor, Hughes & Son, Surgeon Dentists
    • 1923 - Upper Floor, F.G. Hollway, Dentist, No Pain Dentist, Upper & Lower Painless extractions.
    • 1970 - Camera House
    • 1965 - Sanitarium,  The Health Food store sold a range of health, vegetarian and vitamin products and had a popular milk bar. The sign has been retained, but the street clock has gone.
    • 2015 - Bling, Fashion Store
    • 2018 - Honey Espresso Bar
    • Currently - Societywild is a retail store specialising in vintage and streetwear clothing


    J.S. Robb, Cash Draper, Corner of Hunter & Laing / Morgan Sts,1897 (Picture Ralph Snowball)

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    L to R, Fetherstone,  Stevenson, 117 Hunter St / 65-69 Hunter St, Corner of Hunter & Morgan Sts, (Picture R. Snowball) 1897

    117 Cnr Hunter St / 65 Hunter St  Newcastle, Municipal Building, 1908
    • 1886 - J. Fetherstone, Hatter Clothier Mens Mercer
    • 1894 - Frank Witherspoon, Grocer, took over the Late Fetherstone store       65 Hunter St
    • 1908 - The Building of the Municipal Building, The last of the buildings erected by Newcastle Borough Council
    • 1913 - Lane and Trewartha, Took over Frank Witherspoon, Grocerey store, tasty smoked fish for breakfast
    • 1920 - Mac's, Boot Shop, 1920-1938,  shop1
    • 1940 - Howe's Shoes Pty LtdShoe store
    • 1950 - Fay's Shoes, 1950-1972, Edward Fay Pty Ltd, Boot and Shoe retailers.
    • 2015 - Current - Newcastle New Projects


    Hunter St Mall, with the original Potter Building in the center 1972 (Photo Uni)

    119 Hunter St / 
    67 Hunter St
    Newcastle,  Municipal Building, 1908
    • 1886 - D. Stevenson, Men's Mercer & Hatter
    • 1886 - H. Wilson and Co, Hotel and Business brokers, for sale, hotels ,restaurants,  farm houses and all businesses.
    • 1890 - Universal Labour Agency
    • 1905 - Paxinos Bros, Fruiterers   67 Hunter St
    • 1914 - Payzis Brothers, 1914-1920, Confectionery & Fruiterers, located opposite Rundle's
    • 1928 - Richard Thomas Rundle, (age 59) 1928-1938, Master Tailor. It was well known in the family that Rundles had trading troubles in 1932,  Richard Thomas Rundle had successfully traded his department store through the Great Depression. However, he had extended credit to too many of his long-time customers and this resulted in liquidity problems for the store. Catherine Rundle was unhappy about her husband’s generosity and together they both worked extremely hard to get the Rundle department store back to its former prosperity, which they did by 1933. Richard Thomas Rundle passed away in 1936
    • 1938 - Hunter The Stationer, 1938-1972,  Bookseller Stationer.
    • 2010 - Shoe Box
    • 2015 - The Lair
    • Currently - The Lair Ladies Fashion and the new Market Square
    • Further information on the Rundle Family Business


    Hunter St Mall, 113-115 Cnr Hunter St / 65 Hunter St, Fay's Shoes  about 1940
    The original 'Potter Building in the center

    119a Hunter St / 69 Hunter St Newcastle,  Municipal Building, 1908
    • 1880- Chippendall & Fleming, Shipping Butchers
    • 1886 - Sevil & Co, Butcher
    • 1905 - Paxinos Bros, Fruiterers   67 Hunter St
    • 2010 - The Lair
    • 2010 - Supere, Fashon Store
    • 2015 - MR3
    • Currently - MR3 Ladies. Fashion and the new Market Square

    119b Hunter St / 69a Hunter St Newcastle,  Municipal Building, 1908
    • 1909 - Maurice T. Davies, Confectioner
    • 1930 - Fostar's Shoes Pty Ltd,1930-1950,  Boot and Shoe retailers. Shop1
    • 1995 - Caldwell the Jeweler.
    • 2015 - Studio Melt Jewelery
    • Currently - Studio Melt Jewelery and the new Market Square

    119c Hunter St 69b Hunter St / Newcastle,  Municipal Building, 1908
    • 1930 - Fostar's Shoes Pty Ltd,1930-1950,  Boot and Shoe retailers. Shop2
    • Currently - Sussan, women.s fashion retailer


    L to R Blackburn, Mrs Moran, Hollinshead, City Markets, 117-127 Hunter St/ 67-73 Hunter St  (Photo R. Snowball) 1897

    New Entrance to Market Square

    121 Cnr Hunter St / 
    71 Hunter St Newcastle,  Municipal Building, 1908

    • 1886 - Mrs Moran’s the ladies Emporium Drapery fancy goods babies linen, 
    • 1886 - Blackburn watchmaker and working jeweller
    • 1886 - Rinkwater’s centennial studios
    • 1897 - Hughes & Son, Modern Dentistry in all branches, 2nd branch. 71 Hunter St
    • 1912 - RichardT Rundle 1920-1930, Tailor
    • 1921 - The No. 2 Astoria Cafeproprietors were Michael Shannos  & Speros Benas. .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 - Fostar's Shoes Pty Ltd, 1938-1950, Boot and Shoe retailers, Shop3
    • 2000 - Carla Swimware, has everything you need for the Australian summer
    • 2010 - Foxx Foe is a global online destination for fierce, fun & fashion forward girls
    • 2015 - Current - The Birdcage On Hunter,  Ladies. Wear

    123 Hunter St / 73 Hunter St Newcastle,  Municipal Building, 1908  187 Hunter st on the old system
    • 1886 - Mrs W. A. Hollinshead,  fancy goods milliners warehouse (next to the city Markets entrance)
    • 1905 - Sam Barnett, Tobacco Merchant & Hairdresser
    • 1910 - Atkinson & Hughes, 1910 -1920, The hat kings, Hatters & Mercers         77ok
    • 1930 - W.S. Peisley, Dentist,
    • 1930 - Miss E. Corcoran, 1930-1938, Dermatologist
    • 1930 - Sperling's, 1930-1938,  Fur Department
    • 1930 - Upper Floor, Spencer Block Buildings, 1930-1938, Dance Studio near the Strand
    • 1938 - Evalyn-Mellor, Studio Photographers  
    • 2010 - Current - SportsGirl, Ladies Fashion


    125 
    Hunter St /
    75 Hunter St
    ,
    Mrs Hollinshead on the left with Borough Markets, Demolished in 1915 (photo uonarchi)
    Hollinshead milliners, Markets, New Market Hotel, with Palings in the foreground, Ralph Snowball Studio in the left tower



    The Strand Theater, built in 1930 on the City Markets site, Woolworths on right (Photo Lost Newcastle) 1970

    125 
    Hunter St /
    75 Hunter St  Newcastle,

    • 1824 - Francis Beattie was assigned to Alexander McLeod at Newcastle in October 1824. His trade was given as 'turner'. He became free in December 1824 and was recommended for a land grant so that he could build a commodious Inn with stables and out buildings which according to Major Gillman were much needed at the settlement. Francis Beattie's approval came through in 1825. He was to be allowed two allotments of land upon entering a bond to build his Inn complete with stables and out houses.
    • 1825 - The Crooked Billet Inn, Francis Beattie was granted a publican's license to sell spirits, beer and ale.He established the Crooked Billet Inn in 1825. During his years at Newcastle as well as his business running the Inn he also worked as a bailiff, gaol keeper, pound keeper, auctioneer and store keeper. In 1829 Francis Beattie came into financial difficulties. In 1834 Francis Beattie moved from the 'Crooked Billet' to The Australian Inn that had previously kept by James Pawsey. Francis Beattie, the original proprietor of the Crooked Billet died in October 1835 age 57 and was buried in Christ Church Burial Grounds. The Crooked Billet, under the Page family, became known as the Miners' Arms. The frontage almost faced Hunter Street and the street was known as Market Square.
    • 1829 - Miners' Arms Hotel The only building in the Market Square was a hostelry known as the London Hotel originally the Miners Arms and afterwards becoming a customs-house. William Page was granted a publican's license for the Miners Arms Inn in Market Square, Hunter Street, Newcastle in June 1844. The license was transferred to James Farquharson in March 1845
    • 1946 - James Farquharson was granted a license for the Miner's Arms again in 1846 and 1847. In 1848 the hotel was referred to as Farquharson's Hotel.
    • 1948 - The Miner's Arms was put up for sale
    • 1850 - Customs House, The building was used as a Customs House under the control of Major Charles Bolton. Major Bolton had under him a clerk by the name of Henry Parkes, who later became Premier of New South Wales.
    • 1860 - London Hotel, re-opened as the London Tavern but was de-licenced and conducted as a boarding house known as Northumberland House
    • 1870 - The Borough Markets, 1870-1930, (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. 
    • 1905 - City Markets, J. Hunter and Son Pty Ltd,  D. Fleming, shipping and family butcher, Juno, Boot and Shoe retailers83 Hunter St 
    • 1920 - Gerald Levy, Tobacconist
    • 1930 - Way's Ltd, Refreshment Rooms 1930-1938,
    • 1930 - The Strand Picture Theatre, 1930-1980, which was Demolished in 1980 to make way for the redevelopment of Market Square.
    • Note - The Hunter on Hunter Hotel, was located across the road. 
    • 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,
    • Currently - BreakAway, Surf shop


    LtoR, City Markets, New Market Hotel , Edward Smith's City House, John Hunter (Photo Ralph Snowball) 1891

    127 Hunter St / 77 Hunter St  Newcastle
    • 1860 - Shipwrights' Arms Hotel ..on the corner of Hunter & Market St's (When Market St, partly went through to King St,  Before the building of the Strand Theatre) The building reverted to its original role, that of an Inn in the 1860's, under the sign of the Shipwrights' Arms, the license being held by John Peterson who later transferred his licence to a new building in Hunter Street.
    • 1879 - The Newmarket Hotel1879-1937, James Parker, Later in 1891 it was also known as Paynes Newmarket Hotel,   (1909- Frederik Garnham,  Mrs Cath Thompson),  
    • 1891 - Paynes Newmarket HotelLater renamed, The Strand Hotel ..
    • 1930 - T. Sperling, 1930-1938, Ladies Costumes
    • 1937 - Tooheys Brewery 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 in Telford Street) (77 Hunter)
    • 1937 - Woolworths Ltd. 1937-1970, Department Store
    • 1950 - Creedway's, Ladies Frocks
    • 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,
    • Currently - BreakAway, Surf shop

    129 Hunter St / 79 Hunter St Newcastle,
    • 1880 - Mr. McConnell, tailor, burnt to the ground during the 1882 Fire
    • 1886 - Summerfield & Co, Tailors
    • 1891 - Edward Smith's City House, Noted for mens, youths & boys clothing at London prices
    • 1891 - Walter Benns & Co, Upper Level, Wholesale Stationers, Fancy goods
    • 1905 - Asher Thompson, Tobacconist 79 Hunter St 
    • 1910 - Rudolph Langer, Stationer
    • 1930 - Morgans Cakes Ltd,
    • 1935 - Woolworths Ltd. 1935-1970, Department Store
    • 1938 - Sergeants Ritz Milk Bar
    • 1940 - Lucerne's, 1940-1950, Butchers
    • 1950 - Hunter and Son Pty Ltd Juno, Boot and Shoe retailers.
    • 1950 - R.W. Whitaker & Son, Jeweler.
    • 2010 - Current - BreakAway, Surf shop      


    City Markets (Photo Ralph Snowball) 1891
    131 Hunter St / 81 Hunter St  Newcastle
    • 1876 - Mrs Aggar's, boot wharehouseburnt to the ground during the 1882 Fire 
    • 1882 - Mr. Pike, shoemaker, burnt to the ground during the 1882 Fire
    • 1886 - John Hunter, Boot Store  81 Hunter St
    • 1886 - Fred B. Menkens, Upper Floor, Architect
    • 1905 - Oliver Godfrey, Photographer 81 Hunter St
    • 1910 - Lowes Ltd, 1910-1930, Tailors, 
    • 1910 - W.S. Preisley, Dentist
    • 1915 - Newcastle Business College, Upper Floor,
    • 1920 - J. Elliott, Cafe
    • 1920 - Spencer Block Buildings, 1932-1938, Upper Floor, Dance Studio near the Strand
    • 1930 - T. Sperling, 1930-1938, Ladies Frocks, Robes
    • 1935 - Woolworths Ltd. 1935-1970, Department Store
    • 1938 - Eastern Arts, Art Salon
    • 1940 - The Bargain Arcade Pty Ltd No 1, Chain Store
    • 1960 - Sussan, dress shop
    • 2010 - Current - BreakAway, Surf shop


    127-143 Hunter St, Taken by Spero from a collage of photo's on the wall of Woolies Market Town 1935
    Fm L to R,  see the end of the Strand Theatre awning, Woolies  then crossing over to Selfridge's, Soul Pats Chemist, The Duke hotel

    133 Hunter St / 81a Hunter St  Newcastle
    • 1876 - Mr J. Kingston's Dear Shop,  burnt to the ground during the 1882 Fire 
    • 1876 - Fanny Le'Estrange's Cafe de Paris Hotel (Late Devonshire Hotel),at the rear od Mr Kingston's shopburnt to the ground during the 1882 Fire 
    • 1882 - Occidental Hotel (Late Cafe De Paris), Fanny Le'Estrange, rebuilt after the fire of 1882
    • 1930 - Whitakers, Omega Watch
    • 1935 - Woolworths Ltd. 1935-1970, Department Store
    • 2010 - Current - BreakAway, Surf shop


    Woolies 137-141 Hunter St (Photo & Color Spero from a wall in Woolies Market Town) 1939

    137-139 Hunter St / 81b Hunter St Newcastle
    • 1880 - J.S. Cave, Upper Level, Surgeon-Dentist, burnt to the ground during the 1882 Fire 
    • 1882 - Mr. Stevenson's grocery store next to the Occidental Hotel
    • 1886 - John Hunter & Son Ltd, 1886-1930, Boot & Bag Store           137-139 Hunter St
    • 1899 - Refreshment Rooms, Manufacturing Pastry Cook and Confectioner
    • 1935 - Woolworths Ltd. 1935-1970, Department Store. 147 Hunter St
    • 2010 - Current - Tree of Life, Womans Fashion / Retro Couture Vintage Boutique Studio


    141 Cnr Hunter & Thorn Sts Princess Royal Hotel on left and Surrounding Stores (Photo Ralph Snowball) 1891

    141 Cnr Hunter & Thorn Sts / 83 Hunter St / Blane St Newcastle, Honeysuckle point
    • 1877 - Princess Royal Hotel, H. Hewitt, 
    • 1879 - The Northumberland Hotel 1879-1916,  (Henry Simpson)  saved from the 1882 fire.
    • 1882 - 22nd Dec 1882, Shortly after 11 o'clock, just as most of the business places of the city were closed, the fire-bell rang out an alarm. This was followed
      shortly after by the boom of the signal gun from Allan's Hill. It was then seen that the premises on the eastern side of the Northumberland Hotel, Hunter-street, were on fire. It is generally stated that the flames and smoke were first perceived issuing from the joint shops occupied by Mr. McConnell, tailor, and Mr. Pike, shoemaker, two doors from the hotel, while others state that the fire was first visible issuing from the fanlight of Mr. Stevenson's grocery store next to the Hotel. Be this as it may, it was not long before all three of the premises named were ablaze from floor to roof, including a large photographic gallery, occupied for many years by Mr. Liebinger.
      From thence the flames quickly laid hold of Mr. Chippendale's butcher's shop, and but for the indefatigable exertions of the Brigade, the Newmarket Hotel, and joining the Borough Market, must have become a prey to the flames, and then the destruction of the Market must have followed as a matter of course. As it was the conflagration was something to be remembered. The whole of the premises between the two hotels was one immense roaring sea of fire, the flames of which towered as high as the hideous looking excrescences on the roof of the Market itself
    • 1886 - Hunter & Son Ltd, 1908-1930, Boot, Bag, Leather & Grindery store
    • 1935 - Woolworths Ltd. 1935-1970, Department Store
    • 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.
    • 2010 - Jeanswest
    • 2017 - Current - Jays TravelHunter St Mall Its all part of the new Market Square  
    • Property Owner: NEWCASTLE CITY COUNCIL 230
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    Coles 1986 (Photo late Percy Sternbeck)
    143-145 Cnr Hunter & Thorn Sts91 Hunter St West Newcastle,  Coles Building
    • 1860 - A. Smith, 1860-1880, Draper with  The Globe Hotel  next door in Thorn St.
    • 1889 - Robins & Thomas, 1889-1897, For you winter dress materials
    • 1897 - Charles Robbins, Milliner
    • 1897 - J.S. Robb, Cash Draper and Milliner
    • 1900 - Robert Christie, Umbrella Maker       91 hunter St  ok
    • 1900 - Thomas Parker, Upper Level,  Dentist, Late of Newcastle Dental Co                   91 hunter St    
    • 1919 - Mac's Shoe & Boot Shop (145 Hunter St) 1919-1921 then in 1929 moved to 113 Hunter St
    • 1916 - Lyric Cafeproprietors were Paxinos and Zervos. By 1920, The proprietors were  Zervos & Raftos. On the 4th October 1926 all fixtures and fittings were auctioned - Raftos & Zervos, Restaurant
    • 1930 - Bon Ton, 1930-1938, Milliners
    • 1950 - Chic Salon, 1938-1950, Lingerie                     
    • 1951 - Katies
    • 1986 - The Building was purchased by 'Go Hunter Mall Pty Ltd' Spearheaded by Spero Davias
    • 1997 - The Building was totaly renovated by JML Constructions for Go Hunter Mall P/L who turned the space into a multitude of retail stores
    • 1998 - Millers Clothing. Our range of women's clothing will help you flaunt your style
    • 2010 - Tempt,  Women's clothing
    • 2015 - Curvy Queens Closet
    • 2017 - Donna Donna
    • Currently - Earmarked for Demolition to make way for the East End Development & Apartments

    1916 Lyric Cafe Addvertisment


    J.S. RobbLlewellyn Davies, Cnr of Hunter & Morgan Sts,145-149 Hunter St / 95-97 Hunter St (Photo Ralph Snowball) 1897
    J. S. Robb, Milliner and Draper and T H Raysmith Jewellers (on today's Coles site)

    145a 
    Hunter & Thorn Sts93 Hunter St Newcastle,  Coles Building
    • 1897 - T.H. Raysmith, 1897-1920,  Advertised - Watchmaker, Diamond Rings, 5 stone half loop ring at 5 Guineas 93 Hunter St
    • 1930 - R, Whitaker, 1930-1938,  watchmaker & jeweller


    Llewellyn DaviesMyers, 149 Hunter St / 99 Hunter St, (Photo Ralph Snowball)  1891

    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 Sets DIAMOND 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 - Llewellyn Davies, 1897-1920, Confectionery Manufacturer 95-97 Hunter St
    • 1930 - G. Grivas, Confectionary and Refreshments          chk point 95-97ok
    • 1938 - Christie's, Frocks & Umbrella, boot warehouse
    • 1936 - Selfridges (Australia) Ltd, 1936-1950, Chain Store, Opened 30th July (no connection with the London Store).
    • 1951 - Coles Variety Store
    • 1980 - Newcastle City Health Foods
    • 1998 - Angus & RobertsonBook Store
    • 1997 - The Building was totaly renovated by JML Constructions for Go Hunter Mall P/L
    • Currently - French Chateau

    Selfidges
    149 Hunter St / 99 Hunter St, Corner of Hunter & Wolf Sts  Selfridges Around 1939
     
    149 Hunter St / 99 Hunter St Newcastle,  Coles Building
    • 1860 - Ingall & Sons, Milliners
    • 1886 - Fire broke out in store. Due to the fireman's lack of water, Ingall & stock was burnt out.
    • 1897 - Myers, China and Glassware
    • 1905W.H. Sproull & Co, 1905-1950,  Chemist & Book sellers 99 Hunter St ok
    • 1909 - H.A. PocklingtonStationer 99 Hunter St 
    • 1910 - Hunter & Sons, Boot Dealers & Leather
    • 1930 - The California Cafe, 1930-1935,  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 - Tredrite, 1930-1936, Shoe Store
    • 1936 - Selfridges Australia Ltd, 1936-1950, Opened 30th July (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
    • 1997 - The Coles Building was purchased by a Newcastle Development Syndicate. I Found that Coles building was for sale so I arranged a few other shareholders to go in with me to purchase the site. We formed  '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
    • 2006 - Go Hunter Mall Pty Ltd sold property to GPT properties
    • 2017 - GPT properties sold to IRIS Capitol
    • Currently - All tenants closing down ready for part demolition and redevelopment by Iris Capitol
    • Property Owner: GPT HUNTER

    Coles
    Strand Theatre, Woolworths, Coles, Soul Pat, 147-149 Hunter St, 99 Hunter St (Photo Newcastle Herald) 1940's

    151 Hunter St / 101 Hunter St Newcastle  Soul Pattinson Building
    • 1860 - Mrs Paine, Bookseller & Stationer, Fancy Goods
    • 1886 - Fire damaged building & stock, 17th Jan
    • 1897 - W Manning, Manning Brothers Shipping and Family Grocer
    • 1920 - George Adams Ltd, 1920-1938,  Cake Manufacturers
    • 1938 - Cook's Ham Shop, Smallgoods
    • 1987 - Baggas Newcastle Pharmacy
    • 2015 - Sol Invictus Motorcycle Co
    • Currently - Upper Floor, The Pilates Barre Newcastle, Dance Fitness classes, soon to be demolished for redevelopment
    • Property Owner:GPT HUNTER CUSTODIAN PTY LIMITED & LANDCOM 2000


    103 Hunter St, David Williamson Ncle Herald 26 Sep 1896

    153 Hunter St / 103 Hunter St Hunter St Newcastle,  Soul Pattinson Building,
    • 1860 - Harris & Sproull, Chemist
    • 1893 - David Williamson opened theTobacconist shop in April 1893. He died in 1904    103 Hunter St
    • 1897 - Samuel Harris MPS Chemist and Druggist
    • 1908 - Stuttafords,  Umbrella Repairs.
    • 1905 - Herbert HarveyTobacconist, it appears the Tobaconist shop was taken over from David Williamson after his death in 1904  
    • 1910 - W.H. Sproul & Co, Chemist
    • 1931 - Lowes Mens wear
    • 1950 - Shirley Shoe Company Pty Ltd, Shoe retailers.
    • 1950 - Soul Pattinson Pty Ltd. Chemist,  is one of Australias leading Pharmacy groups.
    • 1987 - Baggas Newcastle Pharmacy
    • 2015 - Sol Invictus Motorcycle Co
    • Currently - Vacant store ready for demolition
    • Property Owner:GPT HUNTER CUSTODIAN PTY LIMITED & LANDCOM 2000
    • Soul Pattinson Pty Ltd. Chemist,  is one of Australia's 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


    155-157 Cnr Hunter St,  Duke of Kent Hotel (Photo Uni)

    155-157 Cnr Hunter St / 105 Hunter St  Newcastle   Duke of Kent Hotel Building, Lot 134 
    • 1878 - Royal Exchange Hotel  1878-1938, Built by Joseph Hollinshead at a cost of 1,950 Pounds,  Demolished in 1938 (1878 . A.C. Hollinshed, Thos B Sharp) 105 Hunter St ok
    • 1888 - Pikes Boot Making Company, 1888-1910   
    • 1939 - The Duke of Kent Hotel 1939-1950, (P.J.Ryan)  Re-built and renamed as the Duke of Kent 1939 and traded under the same liquor license until closure, 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 Bank. In 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".Advance Bank (and its BankSA subsidiary) was taken over in 1997 by St George Bank, itself another former building society.
    • 1987 - Mall Newsagency
    • 2015 - JoJo's Homeware soon to demolished to make way for the East End Development & Apartments
    • 2020 - Now demolished to make way for the East End Development & Apartments

    155-157 Cnr Hunter St,  Royal Exchange Hotel 1924 (Tooths collection)
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    South Side of Hunter Street (Wellington St)

    William Dombkins Hunter and Wolfe Streets (photo uonarchi) 1886 Scotts in the background

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    59 Cnr Hunter St / 109 Hunter St Newcastle, East End, Lot 135, Caldwell's Corner

    • 1886 - W.H. Roberts, Fancy Goods     109 Hunter St
    • 1905 - William Dombkins, (Wilhelm Dumke) 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
    • 1935 - Victor and Palings, "Hear the 1935 "Victor and Palings" High Fidelity Radios. A revelation in tone, Terms $2 deposit."
    • 1938 - Sellors, Silk Store
    • 1936 - The Ritz Milk Bar on the corner of Hunter and Wolfe St, Newcastle. In 1943 the proprietor was Michael Shannos, 1947 Theo Rafty was proprietor, by 1948 the Proprietor partners where Peter Scott and John Rafty.    
    • 1950 - Austens, Frocks
    • 1957 - Caldwell's the jeweler, 1957-2006
    • 2010 - Medicare
    • 2015 - Patina, Custom Oak Tables
    • 2016 - Current - H & R Block, Tax Accountants


    L to R Dombkins, Witherspoon, Green Bros, Charleston Studio's, Located on David Jones site, 1908

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    59a Hunter St / 111 Hunter St Newcastle East End, Lot 135, Caldwell's Corner

    • 1886 - Capper Bros, Ironmongers
    • 1908 - Upper Level, Harris Maurice, Piano dir,        
    • 1908 - E. Witherspoon, 1908-1920,  Grocer
    • 1938 - The Ritz Milk Bar Newcastle.1938-1950,  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 159 Hunter St.  
    • 2010 - Earth To Moon,
    • 2015 - Bella
    • Currently - Construction of the Newcastle East Apartment Building

    161 Hunter St / 111a Hunter St Newcastle, East End, Lot 135  Washington House,
    • 1886 - Capper Bros, Ironmongers
    • 1897 - Scott's Pty Ltd, General Drapers, 1897-1958,  Importers, Milliners, Clothiers, Mercers.
    • 1908 - Green Bros, 1920-1938, Jewelers
    • 1920 - W.G. Sweeney,
    • 1930 - George E. Firkin, Chemist
    • 1930 - M.F. Davies, Confectioary
    • 1938 - New Hunter Chain Stores
    • 1938 - Gardiner's Ltd, 1938-1950,  Joe, Boot and Shoe retailers.
    • 1958 - David Jones, 1958-2012,  (acquired Scott's) Formerly Scotts Ltd, one of Newcastle’s largest stores, established 1890s. Purchased by David Jones in 1958.
    • 1983 - Gentlemens Outfitters, David McElwaine. 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 - Construction of the Newcastle East Apartment Building and a luxury hotel, which will be known as QT Newcastle.
    • Property Owner:NEWCASTLE CITY COUNCIL 2300

    163 Hunter St / 111b Hunter St Newcastle, East End, Lot 135,  Washington Hous
    • 1878 - W. Grisdale & Co. Royal Arcade, Ready Made Clothing Boys & Men, For working class Newcastle
    • 1897 - Scott's Pty Ltd, General Drapers, 1897-1909,  Importers, Milliners, Clothiers, Mercers.
    • 1909 - Scotts Pty Ltd, 1909-1957, General Drapers.
    • 1910 - Herbert A. Hawkins, Chemist
    • 1910 - Harry Charlestown, Upper Level, Photographer & Studio, Charlestown Studio's was a late 19th c / early 20th c photography business owned & run by Harry 'Henry' Charlestown, here, and previously at 58 Hunter St, a location on the cnr Hunter & Newcomen Sts. In 1931 the building was renamed Washington House after the pharmacy businessman Washington Handley Soul, & later it was part of Scott's, & then David Jones..
    • 1920 - J.E. Cook, Small Goods
    • 1938 - Washington Handley Soul (Washington H. Soul (n.b. Soul Pattinson was a subsidiary company of Washington H. Soul and Co.)
    • 1983 - Gentlemens Outfitters, David McElwaine. 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 - 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, ne 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.
    • 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, Lot 136, David Jones Building 

    • 1843 - The Newcastle Inn also known as The Rouse Hotel  (Robinson) Built on the DJ's Site. 45 feet frontage to Hunter St,  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. In 1845 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.
      In the 1850's Rouse's Hotel was considered to be 'out of town', the main part of the town being up near Watt Street. A large poplar tree grew on the footpath in the front of the hotel in those days. John Moore held the licence in 1866...  William Rouse for many years of the Newmarket Hotel.  
    • 1878 - The Rouse Hotel was put up for sale by Ann Rouse,
    • 1897 - Scott's Pty Ltd, General Drapers, 1897-1958, 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 - Lowes Ltd, 1938-1950, Tailors
    • 1938 - Upper Floor, G. S. Cole, Dentist
    • 1958 - David Jones (acquired Scott's) 1958-2012, David Jones closed in 2012 and was Demolished in 2019
    • Currently - All Buildings demolished for the Construction of the Newcastle East Apartment Buildings


    167-187 Hunter St / 115 Hunter St Newcastle, East End, Lot 136,  David Jones Building
      1843 - The Newcastle Inn also known as The Rouse Hotel
      1897 - Scott's Pty Ltd,
      General Drapers, 1897-1958, Importers, Milliners, Clothiers, Mercers.1909 - R. Currie & Co, Tailors Mercers   115 Hunter St  ok
      1910 - Ways Ltd, Refreshment Rooms, 1910-1930,
      1932 - Soul Pattinson Pty Ltd, 1932-1938m, Chemist
      2019 - David Jones buildings were all Demolished
      Currently - Construction of the Newcastle East Apartment Building by Iris Capital



    Scott's Corner before DJ.s, Cnr Hunter & Perkins St  (Photo Ralph Snowball)  1908

    169-187 Hu
    nter St / 117 Hunter St  Newcastle, East End, Lot 136, David Jones Building 
    • 1846 - Simon Kemp, Builder
    • 1880 -  Hewitt BrosFishing Tackle
    • 1843 - The Newcastle Inn also known as The Rouse Hotel William Rouse Inn Keeper
    • 1897 - Scott's Pty Ltd, General Drapers, 1897-1958, Importers, Milliners, Clothiers, Mercers.
    • 1909 - David James Jones, Draper   117 Hunter St
    • 1938 - Soul Pattinson Pty Ltd, 1938-1950,  Chemist
    • 1958 - David Jones (acquired Scott's) 1958-2012, David Jones closed in 2012 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 / 119 Hunter St Newcastle, David Jones Building,  Lot 137

    • 1854 - William Croasdill, the manager of the AA Co, and his family owned allotment 137
    • 1905 - David James Jones, 1905-1957, Draper
    • Currently - Construction of the Newcastle East Apartment Buildings 

    181 Hunter St / 121 Hunter St 53 Hunter StNewcastle East End  Lot 137, David Jones Building, Lot 137
    • 1854 - William Croasdill, the manager of the AA Co, and his family owned allotment 137
    • 1890 - Scott's Ltd, Drapers
    • 1905 - Pearson's, Furniture warehouse, kept by Mr. Greaves.
    • 1958 - David Jones, 1958-2012, David Jones closed in 2012 and was Demolished in 2019
    • Currently - Construction of the Newcastle East Apartment Building 

    183 Hunter St / 123 Hunter St 55 Hunter St Newcastle,  David Jones Building, Lot 137
    • 1854 - William Croasdill, the manager of the AA Co, and his family owned allotment 137
    • 1860 - Mercery, Dumford, Grisdale and Son, Auctioneers
    • 1897 - Scott's Ltd, Drapers
    • 1900 - William. Shirlow, 1900-1905, Boot and Shoe Store
    • 1905 - Henry Endersby, 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 Sharp's 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 - Nobby Shoe Company/Commonwealth Shoe Company, 1910-1929, 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 - David Jones, 1958-2012, David Jones closed in 2012 and was Demolished in 2019
    • Currently - Construction of the Newcastle East Apartment Building by Iris Capital



    Scotts Corner, Cnr Hunter & Perkins St  (Photo Newcastle Herald) 1891

    185 Hunter St / 125 Hunter St57 Hunter StNewcastle, David Jones Building, Lot 137
    • 1854 - William Croasdill, the manager of the AA Co, and his family owned allotment 137
    • 1886 - Lloyd & Manning, Grocers
    • 1890 - Grisdale's, Old gold & Silver bought
    • 1897 - Scott's Ltd, Drapers
    • 1905 - H. T. Lucerne, Butcher  125 Hunter St
    • 1958 - David Jones, 1958-2012, David Jones cloed in 2012 and was Demolished in 2019
    • Currently - Construction of the Newcastle East Apartment Building by Iris Capital



    Cnr Hunter & Perkins St  (Photo Ralph Snowball)  1891

    187 Cnr Hunter St / 127-129 Hunter St  NewcastleHunter and Perkins St, Corner, Lot 137,  David Jones Building
    • 1854 - William Croasdill, the manager of the AA Co, and his family owned allotment 137
    • 1886 - W. Grahame & Son, Watchmaker
    • 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
    • 1897 - Scott's Ltd, Drapers
    • 1905 - George Paizis, Fruiterer,    129 Hunter St
    • 1912 - Speros Paizis moved around the corner to the Victoria Cafe.
    • 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.
    • 1937 - Lane & Trewartha Pty Limited
    • 1937 - Majestic Café Pty Limited, Perkins Street
    • 1937 - Lang Wood & Co Pty Limited
    • 1958 - David Jones 1958-2012, closed in 1912 and was Demolished in 2019
    • 1980 - TimeZone, Pinball Machines
    • Currently - Construction of the Newcastle East Apartment Building by Iris Capital
    • Note, 1939 - The Steam Carriage Inn was located up Perkins st on behinde Scotts at Lot 139, William Rouse was granted a publican's license at Newcastle in June 1839 and 1840.
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    South Side of Hunter Street (Broadway)


    Jack Sample's Crown and Anchor Hotel 1897

    189-195 Cnr Hunter St / 133Hunter St, Broadway, Newcastle Lot 188
    • 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
    • 1876 - Victoria 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
    • 1884 - The Temperance Hotel replaced the Victoria Theatre Hotel which was located between the  Stuarts Family Hotel and the Victoria Theatre
    • 1897Jack Sample's Crown and Anchor Hotel ..
    • 1897 - Mrs W.S. Stewart 1897-2018, has taken over the cafe next door to the Crown and Anchor in Perkins St, known as Cafe De Paris which was The Temperance Hotel in 1884
    • 2002 - Veranda added to the Crown and Anchor Hotel.
    • Currently - The Crown & Anchor Hotel (Mrs E.M. Stewart) incorporating Sprout Dinning Restaurant on the upper level
    • Property Owner:ENTASIL PTY LIMITED 2197


    The Temperance Hotel was between the Victoria Theatre and Crown and Anchor Hotel in Perkins St 1884


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

    191a Hunter St / 135 Hunter St, Broadway, Newcastle,    The Crown and Anchor Hotel Site, Lot 188
    • 1891 - R. Lipman, Jeweler, A large and varied stock of Jewelrey
    • 1907 - Greys Cafe, on the Crown and Anchor Hotel Site               
    • 1910 - John. Blackburn, Watchmaker
    • Currently - The Crown & Anchor Hotel
    • Property Owner: NEWCASTLE CITY COUNCIL 2300

    191b Hunter St / 139 Hunter St, Broadway, Newcastleon the Crown and Anchor Hotel Site
    • 1905 - Frank J. Street, Tobaconist
    • 1909 - E.A. Guard, Refreshment Rooms ..           chk139
    • Currently - Crown and Anchor Hotel

    191c Hunter St / 141 Hunter St, Broadway, Newcastleon the Crown and Anchor Hotel Site

    • 1883 - Richard Moore, Clothing,  every garment well made
    • 1909 - Horler Bros, Hatters
    • Currently - Crown and Anchor Hotel


     191d Hunter St / 143 Hunter St, Broadway, Newcastle, Crown and Anchor Hotel Site
    • 1889 - R.O. Charlton, Drapery
    • 1905 - Lewis & Thomas, Drapers
    • Currently - Crown and Anchor Hotel

    195  Hunter St / 145 Hunter St, Broadway, Newcastleon the Crown and Anchor Hotel Site
    • 1886 - J. Pearson, Tailor
    • 1909 - Charles J. HartChemist
    • 1905 - William Bradley & Co, Boot Shop  147 Hunter St
    • 1930 - A.W. Anderson, Smallgoods
    • 1936 - Sports Dry Cleaners,   195 Hunter St
    • 1938 - Huxtable Lucky Lottery, Hairdresser
    • 1986 - Strandbags
    • Currently - Crown and Anchor Upper Floor Stairs to the Sprout Dining Restaurant


    197 Hunter St / 151 Hunter St,  J. Pearson, S. C. Baker, This Is Pike's,  F. Jillings, 1886

    197 Hunter St / 151 Hunter St, Broadway, Newcastle, Lot 188
    • 1880 - Price, Fruiterer
    • 1886 - S. C. Baker, Boots & Shoes
    • 1905 - Frank J. Street, Tobacconist
    • 1920 - John Jones, Smallgoods
    • 1935 - Samuel Reeves, Fruiterer
    • 1990 - Games Workshop.
    • CurrentlyGames Workshop

    199 Hunter St / 153 Hunter St, Broadway, Newcastle, Lot 188
    • 1886 - This Is Pike's,  Walter A. Pike, 1886-1909, Boot Manufacturer, Bootmaker  
    • 1920 - John Horler, Hatter
    • 1930 - J. Israel, 1930-1938, Jeweler
    • 1940 - Howe's Shoes Pty Ltd. Shoe store
    • 1986 - St George Building Society, 1986-2008
    • CurrentlyFirst State Super
    • Property Owner:A L POULTER 2045


    Bank of NSW and Winns, 203-223 Hunter St /161-165 Hunter St (Photo Newcastle Herald)

    199a Hunter St / 155 Hunter St, Broadway, Newcastle, Lot 188
    • 1880 - F. Jillings, Tea Merchant
    • 1886 - This Is Pike's,  Walter A. Pike, 1886-1909, Pike the premier Boot and she Maker,  Bootmaker of Ladies Gents and Childrens of evey description.
    • 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 - George Caldwell, 1938-1950, Jewelry.
    • 1976 - Westpac Bank
    • 1986 - St George Building Society 1986-2008
    • 1990 - Strandbags
    • Currently - First State Super
    • Property Owner:DERMOS PTY LIMITED 2030

    201 Hunter St / 157 Hunter St, Broadway, Newcastle, Lot 189
    • 1886 - Gates & Co, Grocer  Damiged from a fire on the 23rd May 1878
    • 1910 - James E. Cook, Ham Smallgoods
    • 1920 - Charles J.R. Hart, Chemist
    • 1923 - Cavalier, buy your glasses at Cavalier
    • 1930 - R.H. Stewart, 1930-1938, Chemist
    • 1938 - Newcastle Bag Store Pty Ltd, 1938-1950, Handbags Travelgoods 
    • 1986 - St George Building Society 1986-2008
    • Smarts Bag Store
    • Currently - First State Super


    203-223 Hunter St /161-165 Hunter St, Corner Hunter & Perkins Sts  1920's
    203 Hunter St / 159 Hunter St, Broadway, Newcastle, Lot 189
    • 1886 - R.O. Charlton, Draper burnt down during the fire of 1883
    • 1905 - G. Ruggero, Fruiterer
    • 1920 - H.T. Lucernes Meat Markets, 1920-1938, Butchers
    • 1930 - Capewell & Taylor, 1930-1938 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


    Winns  (Photo W. Stinson) 1911

    205 Hunter St /
    159a 
    Hunter St, Broadway, Newcastle,  Lot 189
    • 1886 - J. Dalby, Boot Shop, burnt down during the fire of 1883
    • 1929 - Sharp’s Shoe Store, 1929-1976, The shoe store was taken over by the Wyatt family, following the death of Florence Sharp in 1976. Winns
    • Currently - Newcastle Family Practice


    Winn & Co, Drapers, 209-223 Hunter St /163-165 Hunter St  (Photo R Snowball) Spero Digi Color 1897

    207 Hunter St / 161 Hunter St, Broadway, Newcastle, Winns Building, The Acculon Apartment building, Lot 189
    • 1878 - Gates & Co, Coffee, Spice & Pepper Mills,   Burnt down from a fire on the 23rd May 1878
    • 1878 - The Paragon Hotel 1878-1909, Reopened again after the late fire of 1883 (1878 John Le Brun, Jos O.Hanlan)   161 Hunter St
    • 1920 - Wall G. Edwards, 1920-1938, Dentist
    • 1929 - Sharp’s Shoe Store.1929-1976, 
    • 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, 1986-2006
    • 2006 - All previous buildings demolished, it's now The Acculon Apartment building
    • 2006 - The Greater Newcastle Permanent Building Society
    • 2015 - Elite Health Supplements
    • 2017 - Hearing Life
    • Currently - Hearing Life



    Winn & Co, Drapers 209-223 Hunter St /163-165 Hunter St (Photo R Snowball) Spero Digi Color 1897

    209-223 Hunter St / 163-165 Hunter St, Broadway, Newcastle, Winns Building, The Acculon Apartment building, Lot 190
    • 1878 - Winns, William Winn and Company Pty. Ltd. Drapers, 1878-1980,  Harriett Johnson, The code of integrity and honesty on which the business had been founded , lasted for 101 years 
    • 1947 - SuttonsPlayer Pianos. Beale. Crown, Gul Sransen, etc. Fully reconditioned and guaranteed. Easy terms. SUTTON'S
    • 1986 - Venture, Department Store, 1986-1994, A chain of discount department stores that operated in Australia between 1970 and 1994.CCC
    • 2006 - All previous buildings demolished, it's now The Acculon Apartment building
    • 2008 - Elite Health Supplements
    • 2015 - The Beautician
    • Currently - The Beautician with The Acculon Apartments above
    • 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
    • A HISTORY OF WINNS LTD.


    Venture,  209-223 Hunter St /163-165 Hunter St  (Photo late Percy Sternbeck) 1986

    211-213 Cnr Hunter St / 167 Hunter St, Broadway, Newcastle,  Winns Building, The Acculon Apartment building Lot 190
    • 1878 - The Hunter River Hotel  1878-1910, (Laurence Kearney)  167 Hunter St
    • 1878 - Winn & Co, Drapers
    • 1986 - Venture, Department Store, 1986-1994, 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 and revitalised 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, More info on Venture.     
    • 2006 - All buildings demolished, it's now The Acculon Apartment building with retail below
    • 2006 - IGA Store, 2006-2015
    • 2016 - Green Street, Real estate agent 
    • Currently - Green Street, Real estate agent with The Acculon Apartments above
    <<<<< Crossing over Brown St and continuing west along Hunter Street >>>>>>
    South side of Hunter St, Brown to Crown St Block...  for the North side of Hunter Street Click Here
    South Side of Hunter Street (Blane St)


    ANZ Bank  built as the Bank of Australasia (Photo Google) 2018

    225-231 Cnr Hunter St / 171 Hunter St  Newcastle,  ANZ Bank Chambers
    • 1880 - The Bank of Australasia, 1880-1950, (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, 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.
    • 1980 - Kentucky fried chicken.
    • Property Owner: KENTUCKY FRIED CHICKEN PTY LTD 2086
    • Currently - Momo Wholefood 


    ANZ Bank (Photo Percy Sternbeck) 1986

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

    229 Hunter St / 175-177 Hunter St  Newcastle,  Side Door to ANZ Bank Chambers
    • 1899 - Bargain Warehouse
    • 1930 - Upper Floor, Workers Cash Orders and Finance Company Ltd, 1930-1950, Agents Financial
    • 1930 - Upper Floor,  J. Spiller, 1930-1940, Chiropodists.        177ok
    • 1938 - Electrolux Pty Ltd, Vacuum Cleaners
    • 1940 - G. A. Lows, Frocks
    • 1940 - Upper Floor,  R. Graham, 1940-1950, Building Supplies,   C.R. Boge B.D.S. Dental Practice
    • 1951 - Upper Floor,  Douglas William Easthope B.D.S. (from Eleebana)  bought the C.R. Boge Dental Practice, Douglas William Easthope studied Dental at the Sydney Sanitarium College at Fox Valley Road in Wahroonga. After DW Easthope graduated he went and worked for Mr C.R. Boge at his Dental Practice and eventually bought the business when Mr Boge wanted to retire
    • 1960 - Upper floor,  Dr Lindsay and Razmilic Ear Nose and throat specialist.
    • Currently - Entrance to Upper Floors

    231 Hunter St / 179 Hunter St Newcastle, ANZ Bank Chambers
    • 1888 - Mrs P.K. Penny,  Miliner, Dressmaker and Drper, Underclothing and Baby clothing     179 Hunter St
    • 1890 - G.W. Mulvey, Basket Manufacturing    G. W. MULVEY guarantees to sell cheaper than anywhere in the colonies  231 Hunter St
    • 1895 - Fredrick. W. Krempin, 1895-1968, Seedsman, Nursery, seedman, plant seedlings and seed   179 Hunter St
    • 1986 - Peony Decorating
    • Currently - The Flying Tiger cafe. now closed

    233 Hunter St / 181 Hunter St Newcastle, The Bakehouse
    • 1880 - P.E. Nerv, Fancy Goods
    • 1909 - M.J. McKensey, Baker,    181 Hunter St
    • 1930 - Vacant shop.
    • 1938 - Domestic Machinery Company, 1938-1955, bicycle manufacturing, Sewing Machines, Furniture & Bedding.
    • 2008 - Bakery, 2008-2017
    • Currently - Papa Al’s Bakehouse
    • Property Owner: DRIMA PTY LTD 2303


    Oxford Hotel on the Hunter St side  (Photo R , Snowball) 1897

    235  Hunter St / 183a Hunter St Newcastle (its own building)
    • 1880 - E. Lewis & Co, Drapers
    • 1890 - Mad Markham, bargain wharehouse, He aslo had a bargain wharehouse in Wallsend
    • 1920 - Hewit Bros, 1920-1939, Hardware Merchants
    • 1930 - C.B. Lusk & Co, Tennis Rep Specialists
    • 1938 - Peter Pan, 1938-1950, Childrens Outfitters.
    • 1938 - Rockmans 1938-1950, Frocks
    • 1938 - D. Berg, Carpets & Furniture
    • 1986 - Radio Rentals, 1986-1991,
    • 2008- The Silver Castle
    • 2008 - Current - Vacant
    • V LIM & D M LIM 23

    237  Hunter St / 183b Hunter St Newcastle,  Oxford Hotel Building
    • 1880 - The Oxford Hotel  (W.Kelly) original hotel, Later extended to the J. Ireland Corner  183 Hunter St
    • 1930 - H.A .Barraclough Ltd, 1930-1938,  Opticians
    • 1938 - B.M. Wainwright, Optician 

    239 Hunter St / 183c Hunter St Newcastle.  Part of The Oxford Hotel
    • 1930 - E.A. Eggleston, 1930-1950, Newcastle Flower Shop, Florist.

    241 Hunter St / 183c Hunter St Newcastle,  Part of The Oxford Hote
    • 1877 - J. Ireland, 1880-1909, Wholesale Grocer & Product Merchant  183 Hunter St
    • 1930 - Treasure Grove, Grocers
    • 1960 - Darrell Lea, Chocolate Shop

    243 Hunter St / 183d Hunter St Newcastle,  Part of The Oxford Hotel
    • 1930 - Alex Hodgson, Mercer


    Bank Hotel
    Bank Hotel (Oxford Hotel)  245 Hunter St c1877

    237-245 Cnr Hunter St / 183 Hunter St Newcastle,  Shops within the Hotel Building
    • 1847 - The block of land at the corner of Hunter, Brown and Crown Streets was part of the grant of 2000 acres from the Crown to the Australian Agricultural Company
    • 1854 - The Bank of Australasia purchased the whole block, containing one acre, from the Australian Agricultural Company, at a cost of £1500, and erected, on the corner of Hunter and Brown Streets, what was re gardled at that time as a very imposing building, after dedicating to the City Council a triangular strip of land at the corner of Brown street for the widening of Hunter street at that point.
    • 1854 - The Bank Hotel was built on the western boundary wvith its stabling accommodation at the rear. The hotel was the rendezvous of many patrons who came into the town from the outlying centres. At that time Crown-street did not exist since the overhead bridge crossing Hunter street was in, use by the company for the conveying of coal from its mine at Hamilton to the loading chutes at the wharf.
    • 1877 - The late Mr. Jesse Ireland purchased that part of the block bounded by Hunter and King Streets, and erected a warehouse and residences on the site. It is uncertain when the name of the hotel was changed to the Oxford Hotel, but many residents will recollect the remodelling of the building, which freehold was recently disposed of to Tooth and Company Ltd.
    • 1877 - Brown's Bank Hotel also known as Bank Hotel (1877 J. Brown, late of the Victoria Hotel) 1870-1920 the site was occupied by Jesse Ireland, significant Produce Merchants
    • 1886 - J. Ireland Ltd, 1886-1920, Importers & General Merchants
    • 1896 . Peter Doyle.s Corner
    • 1925 - The Oxford Hotel 1925-1950, The original Oxford Hotel1854, (near to the A.A. Company.s Bridge) George Galley, Having secured the above commodious hotel, lately occupied by Mr. F.Edwards, which has been THOROUGHLY RENOVATED and FURNISHED, is prepared to receive Visitors, Boarders, and Families, where they will find all the comforts of a home, charges strictly moderate. Nothing but the best in liquors kept, GOOD STABLING. The proprietor wishes it to be distinctly understood that his Hotel has nothing to do with the Hotel called .Galley's Hotel,1896,on the corner of Hunter and Newcomen streets.
    • 1977 . The Tower Tavern   ..
    • 1980 - The Oxford Hotel,  extended from 237 Hunter to 245 Hunter St
    • 1982 . The Lucky Country Hotel  ...
    • 2008 - The Lucky Country Hotel  Renovated, fully renovated by the McCloy Group. For more information regarding the Lucky Country Hotel
    • Currently - The Lucky Country Hotel. Corner of Hunter Street. Hotel established c1925 as The Oxford Hotel (1930-H.M. Stevens, 1940-J. Laskie), renamed the Tower Tavern c 1977 and The Lucky Country Hotel c1980.s. The Bank Hotel  formerly stood on the site now occupied by the Oxford Hotel.
    • Property Owner:NUOVE CASTELLI PTY LIMITED 2309
    • The Oxford Hotel had many licensees during the early 1900s. Matthew McNamee who acquired the licence in 1899 was succeeded by Mark Murphy in 1900. During 1902 John Morrison took over for a short time until thomas Donnison took over in 1903 and held the licence till 1913


    Crown St Tram Stop


    Hunter & Crown Sts, The Oxford Hotel

    In 1909, HUNTER ST as it was, ENDED HERE at the AA Company's rail bridge. THE WEST END 1909 Numbering Started here.  
    This is also the END of the pre 1900's numbering system. This point also marks the START of Blane St to the West End


    <<< Crossing over Crown St and continuing west along Hunter Street >>>
    South side of Hunter St, Crown to Darby St Block... for the North side of Hunter Street Click Here
    South Side of Hunter Street (Blane St)

    NOTE: The removal of the AA Company's rail bridge over Hunter Street in 1921, opened up Hunter St to the West as far up as Cottage Creek.

    247 Hunter St Newcastle
    • 1880 - AA. Company Rail Line Bridge
    • 1880 - J. Ireland Ltd, 1880-1921,  Seed Merchant the Bargain Arcade. Narrow triangle block west of Crown St
    • 1930 - Kelly's Korners Ltd, Service Station, 1930-1938, Triangle Service Station
    • 1938 - G.O. Winton, Fruiterer
    • 1938 - Bargain Arcade Pty Ltd, Shop1
    • Currently - Vacant Shop

    249  Hunter St Newcastle, Warrah House, 1935
    • 1880 - AA. Company Rail Line Bridge
    • 1921 - Angus & Coot Jewellers, 1921-1986
    • 1938 - Bargain Arcade Pty Ltd, Shop2
    • 1950 - Pretty Things, Children.s Outfitters
    • 1950 - Edwards Book Store, Bookseller 
    • 1992 - Duty Free Shop
    • 2000 - Frontline HobbiesToy and Hobbies shop,  Mainly Military were on Wolfe and Scott St, in the early 80s. Colin Scott who had Toyworld in Hunter St took over from the old english couple @ 1985, then  relocated a few years later to where it is today. They started 1975-78 in King St,
    • Note - Warrah House and the stores were built after the AA Company Rail Bridge was demolished in 1921
    • Property Owner:GREEK COMMUNITY OF NEWCASTLE LTD 2303
    • Currently - Donna Donna, Ladies Fashion store
    The Start of 01 Hunter St West (and 01 Blane St) Numbering System used around 1909
    • Note, Hunter Street once even had a different name from Crown Street for around 40 years. It was called Blane Street after a senior official of the AA Company.


    251 Hunter St / 01 Hunter St West / 01 Blane St Newcastle,   Warrah House 1935
    • 1880 - A.A. Company Rail Line Bridge built
    • 1891 - W.H. Roberts, 1891-1920, Watchmaker 01 Hunter St
    • 1905 - Feltham & McLeod, Jewelry, watches, silverware
    • 1921 - Angus & Coot Jewellers, 1921-1986
    • 1935 - Warrah House and the stores were built in 1935, after the AA Company Rail Bridge was demolished in 1921
    • 1938 - Browns Manchester Store's Pty Ltd, 1938-1940, Drapers
    • 1992- Duty Free Shop
    • 2000 - Frontline Hobbies, 2000-2018, Toy and Hobbies shop
    • Currently - Donna Donna, Ladies Fashion store


    251 Hunter St / 01 Hunter St West,  A.A. Company Rail Line Bridge  (Photo Ralph Snowball) 1891

    253 Hunter St / 03 Hunter St West / 03 Blane St Newcastle,    Warrah House 1935
    • 1880 - A.A. Company Rail Line Bridge
    • 1891 - Newsagent
    • 1905 - George Feltham & Co, 1905-1920Jewelry, musical instruments, importers, &c  3 Hunter St West
    • 1920 - Mrs A. Burrell, Confectionary
    • 1935 - Warrah House and the stores were built in 1935, after the AA Company Rail Bridge was demolished in 1921
    • 1938 - Coo-ee Clothing Ltd, Outfitters
    • 1950 - Dianne Frock Shoppe.
    • 1950 - Tatler Newsreel Theatrette, 1950-1966, Taken over in 1966 by Margaret & Theo Goumas & renamed the Roma Theatre.
    • 1966 - The Roma Theatre, 1966-1986, Margaret & Theo Goumas, The Tatler showed newsreels on a continuous loop in the latter half of last century. The constantly dark interior gained notoriety as a hangout in the 1950s and from then on it became an important part of Newcastles history. Television killed the newsreel and the Tatler followed the well-beaten track out of town and into our collective memory before the century was through..
    • 1992- Duty Free Shop
    • 2000 - Frontline Hobbies, Toy and Hobbies shop
    • CurrentlyVacant


    251 Hunter St / 01 Hunter St West, Crown & Hunter St  (Photo University of Newcastle) 1935

    255 Hunter St / 05 Hunter St West / 05 Blane St Newcastle  Warrah House 1935
    • 1880 - A.A. Company Rail Line Bridge
    • 1880 - T. M. Raysmith, 1880-1909,  Jewelers
    • 1909 - Frederick G. Croft,1909-1920,  Bookseller
    • 1909 - Mrs Margret Davies, Confectionery   5 Hunter St West
    • 1920 - Bridge, French Dry Cleaners
    • 1935 - Warrah House Was Built
    • 1950 - Tatler Newsreel Theatrette, 1950-1966, Taken over in 1966 by Margaret & Theo Goumas & renamed the Roma Theatre.
    • 1966 - The Roma Theatre, 1966-1986, Margaret & Theo Goumas, The Tatler showed newsreels on a continuous loop in the latter half of last century. The constantly dark interior gained notoriety as a hangout in the 1950s and from then on it became an important part of Newcastles history. Television killed the newsreel and the Tatler followed the well-beaten track out of town and into our collective memory before the century was through..
    • 1978 - Mainly Military, later changed name to Frontline Hobbies, Toy and Hobbies shop
    • 2000 - Frontline Hobbies, Toy and Hobbies shop
    • Note - Warrah House and the stores were built in 1935, after the AA Company Rail Bridge was demolished in 1921
    • 2000 - Frontline Hobbies, Toy and Hobbies shop
    • Currently - Frontline Hobbies, Toy and Hobbies shop

    257 Hunter St / 07 Hunter St West / 07 Blane St NewcastleNeve's Building  (in 1909 it was 07 Hunter St)
    • 1880 - T. Thompson, Fruiterer, Grocer
    • 1891 - R. Breackenridge, Austioneers, Timber Merchants 
    • 1908 - Lane & Trewartha, 1908-1910, Groceries
    • 1910 - Henry Ball, Tailor  7 Hunter St West
    • 1920 - Miss J. Duncan, Milliner
    • 1930 - Neve's, Walter Neve Pty Ltd, 1930-1938, Furniture Manufacturer & Undertakers, shop1
    • 1938 - Cox Bros, Furnishings, Drapers
    • 1940 - Fostars Shoes Pty Ltd. Shoe store
    • 1950 - The Commonwealth Bank of Australia
    • 1986 - Ray Baartz Sports Store  Raymond Henry "Ray" Baartz (born 6 March 1947) is an Australian former soccer player. He represented Australia 48 times, scoring 18 goals, making him the 8th highest goal scorer of all time. Baartz was born in Newcastle, New South Wales and spent his early years playing for Adamstown. At 17 he joined Manchester United and after 6 months signed on a two-year contract. In 1966 he returned to Australia and transferred to Sydney Hakoah for a then Australian record of 5600. He played 236 club matches scoring 211 goals. Baartz was selected in the Australian squad to play in the World Cup finals in 1974 but his career was prematurely ended after he was felled by a blow from Uruguay's Luis Garisto in a friendly international fixture at the Sydney Cricket Ground. The blow to his throat had damaged his carotid artery. Ray currently still lives in Newcastle.
    • 2000 - Frontline Hobbies, Toy and Hobbies shop
    • CurrentlyVacant Store

    259 Hunter St / 09 Hunter St West / 09 Blane St Newcastle, Neve's Building
    • 1880 - A. McNeil, Milliner
    • 1890 - Newsagency
    • 1909 - Mrs Janet Hunter, Milliner  9 Hunter St West
    • 1905 - Henry Brownt, Bookseller
    • 1909 - Frederick G. Duncan,  1909-1920,  Bookseller
    • 1930 - Walter Neve Pty Ltd, 1930-1938,  Furniture Manufacturer & Undertakers, shop2
    • 1938 - Cox Brothers, Furniture
    • 1986 - Ray Baartz Sports Store #2 ..
    • 2000 - Frontline Hobbies
    • Currently  - Vacant
    • Property Owner:M POLITIS & N POLITIS 2303

    261-263 Hunter St / 11 Hunter St West / 11 Blane St Newcastle  Newcastle,  (in 1909 it was 11 Hunter St)
    • 1920 - David L. Thalberg & Son, 1920-1930, live wire of Jewelers
    • 1932 - Fostars Shoes Pty Ltd, 1932-1940, Shoe & Boot store
    • 1986 - S&W Miller, Electrical appliancesTV, whitegoods
    • 2008 - Current - Camera House

    265 Hunter St / 13 Hunter St West / 13 Blane St Newcastle