The History of Hunter Street. North Side #01 to 994 Hunter St North side of the St.
A Historical Chronological List of ‘Who was who in Business in downtown Hunter Street' from before the turn of the Century, till now….

Lost Hunter St, The Story Continues on the North Side

By Spero Davias

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

(updated 09/02/2019)

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

If you are looking for my other blog on the  Greek Cafe’s of old Hunter St” Click Here..

This is the North Side of the Street (Harbour Side)

NOTES on the Hunter St Numbering System are at the end of this page.

Due to the uneven Hunter St numbering systems, the street has been divided into 2 blocks, starting with the South side 1 and South side 2 followed by the North side

The Highlights represent HotelsCafe, Special places, Night Club ...

NORTH SIDE OF HUNTER STREET (The South side is on the Main Page)

NOTES: numbering system eg (79 Charlton St  Hunter St) example is from year 1909 and previous, by 1920 they reverted to eg (79 Hunter St West)
<<<< CONTINUING ON THE NORTH SIDE OF HUNTER STREET >>>> North side of Hunter St, (Harbor Side of Street) Telford to Pacific St Block

The Vienna on the left in 1976 with Hellenic Court on Right (photo Ed Tonks)
2 Hunter St Newcastle, 
  • 1930 - The Vienna Cafe. The building was built in 1903, it was over the road from the California and on the corner of Hunter and Telford Streets, The Vienna Cafe fitted out by businessman Kurt Picardi back in the early years.  I recall, around 1958, it was totally renovated by the new owner Demetrios (Jim) K. Kolivas who was also known by his stage name Valentino or Rudy. just after his return from a stint in Hollywood. Demetrios also had one of the first Television sets installed in the back room of the Cafe. I watched the installers putting up a 50 foot mast on the roof of the building to hold the Antenna for the tv, then for weeks i would sit there and stare at the Antenna thinking " how does all this work ?" How do those things appear on the screen through a bit of wire.... The rest for me is History !!
  • 1903 - Vacant land and part of the Newcastle East Sand Hills
  • 1910-1920 - Charles Treleven, Wateman
  • Note : the building was demolished, it is now part of Pacific Park.

4 Hunter St Newcastle,
  • 1929 - Vacant land and part of the Newcastle East Sand Hills 
  • 1929 -1935 - The Canberra Cafe
  • 1938-1943 -  The Shortland Cafe.
  • 1950 - The Morris Cafe.
  • Note the building was demolished, it is now part of Pacific Park.

6 Hunter St Newcastle, 
  • 1929 - Vacant land
  • 1930-1935 - Gartrell White Ltd, Cake and Pastry Depot, Also Aeroplane Flour Dept
  • 1932-1935 - M.S. Riddle, Mixed Business Store
  • 1938-1940 -  M.L. Frith, Grocer & Confectioners
  • 1950 - The original Shipmates, was born, January, 1950It was the brainchild of the pioneer restaurateur Clem Ashford, a tattooed adventurer who returned from the South Seas in 1975 to shake up the local food scene. As well as having some of the best chips and hamburgers in Newcastle. Clem also opened up two other shops right across the road.They were Shipmates Dairy Delight, a milkshake shop and Shipmates Sugar & Spice a donuts and hamburger shop. Clem was a we bit ahead of his time and a great operator.
  • Notes : Clem Ashford later also created Clams, a landmark seafood restaurant at Merewether.
  • Note the building was demolished, it is now part of Pacific Park.
  • For further fascinating stories on Clem Ashford

    The Pacific Cafe with Shipmates next door, Hunter St ‘Top of Town’
    8 Hunter St Newcastle,  
    • 1938 - Vacant land 
    • 1940 Blakes Book Shop
    • 1948 - McNeil's Cafe
    • 1950 - The Pacific Cafe, which was  across the road from the Kosciusko
    • The Pacific Cafe was  operated by Cousins, Chris Sofianos and Stan Tsohadsis, who were partners / proprietors.
    • Note the building was demolished in the late 1970's, it is now part of Pacific Park.

    Note : Back in the 1960's and 1970's, This particular block of shops in Hunter St between Telford and Pacific Street, (now demolished) was the most popular part of Hunter St 'top of town'. A late Saturday night Hamburger was just the thing after a big night out !!

    <<<<<<<<<< Pacific Park >>>>>>>>>> <<<< Crossing over Pacific St and continuing west along Hunter Street >>>>>> North side of Hunter St, Pacific to Watt St Block

    The blocks below, up and until 1930, where mainly sand hills 

    34-36 Cnr Hunter St / 10-12 Hunter St, Newcastle, (in 1932 it was known as 10 Hunter St)
    • 1938-1950 - Lawrence & Hanson Electrical Pty. Ltd. Electrical Wholesalers & Radio Supplies
    • 1930 - Vacant land
    • Currently : Backpackers by the Beach
    • Property Owner: J A RICHARDSON 2300

    38-40 Hunter St / 14-16 Hunter St, Newcastle, 
    • 1930-1938 - Vacant land
    • Currently : it was Knot (now closed down)   
    • Property Owner:R TESLA 2010

     42-44 Hunter St / 18 Hunter St,  Newcastle, 1930 - Vacant land
    • 1930-1935 - Jones & Jones Cafe
    • 1930 - Vacant land
    • 1950 - A. Clark, Boot and Shoe repairers.
    • Currently : - Edward Cross shop front.   
    • Property Owner:C J LAWLOR

    46 Hunter St / 16 Hunter St,  Newcastle, (in 1932 start of 16 Hunter St)
    • 1950Wellbeing Massage Therapy
    • 1930-1932 - Vacant land
    • Currently: Wellbeing Massage Therapy  
    • Property Owner:C J LAWLOR 2299

    48-56 Hunter St / 16a Hunter St)  Newcastle,  1930-1932 - Vacant land
    • 1932, Mrs W. Armstrong, Confectionary
    • 1932 - W. Armstrong, Jeweller 
    • 1940 to 1970 -  Radio 2NX 
    • Currently: - a Multi Story Building with various tenants including SiDCOR chartered accountants, Kingston Properties, Yoga Loft. 

    58-60 Hunter St / 18 Hunter St,  Newcastle,
    • 1932 - A. Clarke, Bootmaker
    • 1938-1950 - Mrs A Clarke, Florist
    • 1970 - Police Credit Union, office
    • 1980 - Stuart & Dunn, Stationers
    • Currently: - Bridges Newcastle East. now Vacant
    • Property Owner:RJR INVESTMENTS PTY LIMITED 2291

    62 Hunter St / 20 Hunter St,  Newcastle, 
    • 1929 - Vacant land
    • 1930 - E Charles Church, Solicitor
    • 1932 - Church & Youll,  Solicitors
    • Currently: Miskonduct Klothing. 

      64 Hunter St / 22 Hunter St,  Newcastle
      • 1930 - Vacant land
      • 1930-1932 - Adelaide Tailoring Co Ltd
      • 1930 - The Commonwealth Savings Bank
      • 1938 - Natural Health Store, Grocer & Cafe
      • Currently: - Nick's Barbour Shop  (Since 1976)
      • Property Owner: A RUFO 2303

        66-68 Hunter St / 24 Hunter St Newcastle - Sun Building,  A multi story Building
        • 1929 - Vacant land and part of the Newcastle East Sand Hills
        • 1930 - Newcastle Sun Newspapers,  Evening Daily newspaper, The Northern Times was first published in 1916. In 1918 the Times was purchased by Sir Hugh Denison, publisher of The Sun who changed the name to The Newcastle Sun..The Newcastle Sun was acquired by Newcastle Morning Herald in 1936 and continued until 1980 when it ceased publication.
        • 1938 - Gr Floor, Douglas Pty Ltd, Merchants
        • 1938 - Gr Floor, Tasmanian Government Tourist Bureau.
        • 1938 - 1st Floor, Globe Racing Service
        • 1938 - 1st Floor, L.E. Lewis, Chiropodist
        • 1938-1840 - 1st Floor, Prudential Insurance
        • 1938 - 2nd Floor, Burroughs Ltd, Adding Machines
        • 1938 - 3rd Floor, Newcastle Amateur Radio Club
        • 1938 - 3rd Floor, Sydney Daily Telegraph
        • 1938 - 3rd Floor, Newcastle Aero Club
        • 1950- Gordon and Gotch Australia Ltd.Bookseller 
        • 1950 - F. J. Jamieson and Son, Builders
        • 1950 - Jones C Campbell, Accountant, & various other tenants.
        • 1950McGregor & McGregor, Accountant
        • 1950F.L. Rouse, Agents Financial
        • 1950 - Willmore & Randell, Agent House and Land
        • 1950 - W.I. Evans, Agents Manufacturing
        • 1950 - E. Farrell, Agents Manufacturing 
        • 1950 - G.T. Hick, Agents Manufacturing
        • 1950 - Newcastle Rugby Union
        • 1950 - Jeater, Rod & Hay, Architects
        • 1950 - R.G.Lees, Architects
        • 1950 - Florist Needlecraft, Art Needlework
        • 1950 - Assoc of Employers Union of Waterside Labour
        • 1950 - Australian Railways Union
        • 1950 - Australian Red Cross
        • 1950 - Australian Steamship Owners Federation.
        • 1950 - Newcastle & Dist Assoc for Crippled Children
        • 1950 - R.A. Jones, Chiropractor
        • Currently: it is a multi story building
        • Property Owner: UNIBUILD HOLDINGS PTY LIMITED 2284   26

          69  Hunter St / 26a Hunter St Newcastle,
          • 1932 - L, Dobie, Cafe

          70 Hunter St / 28 Hunter St,  Newcastle,  
          • 1920 - F.J. Street, Hairdresser & Tobacconist
          • 1920-1945 - E.F. Wilks & Co Pty Ltd, Piano sales
          • 1930 - General Sports Co, Sporting Requirements
          • 1930 - Lawrence & Hanson Electrical, Office
          • 1950 - J. Braun, Barrister
          • 1940-195- Leslie E.Thompson & Co, Accountant.
          • 1950 - Homecrafts, refrigerators etc
          • Currently: - Office Block

          72 Hunter St (30 Hunter St)  Cnr Hunter St Newcastle, 
          • 1933-1937 -  Radio 2KO  Newcastle  Broadcasting Pty Ltd, 1933, the station was operated from several locations including 72 Hunter St, until January 1937, then it moved to new studios and offices in the heart of Newcastle in the CML Building at 110 Hunter Street.
          • 1920-1930 - W.E. Smith Ltd, Manufacturing Stationers, Printers
          • 1930 - HC Lockwood, Hardware Merchant
          • 1950 Stronach Pty Ltd, Builders
          • 1950 L.G. Regan, Agents Financial
          • 1950 - K.F. Gilligan, Agent House and Land
          • 1950 -  Australasian Cath Truth Society 
          • 1950 - The Surf Life Saving Association of Australia       
          • 1950 - The Federal Taxation Dpt
          • 1950 - EF Wilks & Co,

          74-76 Cnr Hunter St (32 Hunter St)  Newcastle, National Bank Chambers
          • 1895 - Ball Bros, Grocers, Provision, Wine, and Produce Merchants,
          • 1909-1950 - The Christian's Center, Bookseller.
          • 1920-1930 - The National Bank of Australasia Ltd
          • 1950 - G.R. Felser,  Accountant
          • Currently : multi story with various tenants.

          <<<< Crossing over Watt St and continuing west along Hunter Street >>>>>> North side of Hunter St, Watt to Bolton St Block

          NOTE: Before 1908, Watt St was the beginning of Hunter Street, In 1908 the buildings on allotments 3 and 4 in Watt Street were demolished in order to extend Hunter Street through to the beach.

          82-86 Hunter St Newcastle, The Newcastle Post Office
          • 1928 - The Newcastle Post Office, The first Newcastle Post Office was opened on 1 March 1828, being one of the first seven opened outside Sydney. The original office was situated in the 'Sessions House' on the corner of Watt and Church Streets, with Duncan Forbes Mackay, the Superintendent of Convicts, as the first Postmaster.
          • 1909-1932- The Public Works Dept, Shops & Factories Dept, Old age pension Dept,
          • 1932 - Health Dept, Weights & Measures, Education Dept.
          • Currently: it's 'The Lock UP' 
          • Property Owner: NEWCASTLE HISTORIC (R98160) RESERVE TRUST 2300

          88 Hunter St Newcastle, The Electric Telegraph Office
          • 1861-1930 - The Electric Telegraph Office  The Inspector weights and measurements, Health Dept.
          • Currently: it's 'The Lock UP'
          • Property Owner: NEWCASTLE HISTORIC (R98160) RESERVE TRUST 2300

          90 Hunter St Newcastle, The Newcastle Police Station
          • 1861-1982 - The Newcastle Police Station.
          • Currently: -Timeless Textiles and The Lock-Up 54
          • Property Owner: NEWCASTLE HISTORIC (R98160) RESERVE TRUST 2300

            92-94 Hunter St Newcastle, The Newcastle Court House
            • 1861-1982 - The Newcastle Court House     56
            • 1932 - Post & Telegraph office
            • 1932, Commonwealth Savings Bank
            • Currently: Built in 1900-1903 it's the disused old Newcastle Post Office
            • Further Info on the Post Office Building

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

              96-98 Cnr Hunter St / 24 Hunter St / 66-68 Hunter St, Newcastle, (in 1909 / 24 Hunter St, in 1920 66-68 Hunter St) 
              • 1886 The Ship Inn Hotel  diagonally opposite the former Court House which later became the Post Office.
              • 1909 - The Union Bank buildingBuilt on the corner of Bolton and Hunter St's.
              • 1879 - Union Bank Chambers, The Hannell family sold the land to the Union Bank of Australia in 1885, but it appears that the bank had been operating from the hotel building on a leasehold basis since November 1879. The bank continued to trade from the Ship Inn building, adapted to suit their operations, until 1912, when it was demolished to make way for the existing purpose-built premises.1912- ANZ Bank building. The site of the ANZ building, being formerly the site of the Ship Inn has local significance through its association with the Hannell family, in particular James Hannell who was licensee for the Ship and became Newcastle's first Mayor. This association is commemorated by a plaque mounted on the building.
              • 1888Kittson, Drapery and Clothes,
              • 1903-1950 New Standard Radio,
              • 1909-1920 - Union Bank
              • 1909 - Brown & Mitchell, Solicitors
              • 1940-1950 - Sargent's Milk Bar
              • Currently: it's The Reserve Wine Bar                                chk ok24
              • For further info on the ANZ Building

                98a Hunter St / part 24 Hunter St / former part 66 Hunter St,  Newcastle, 
                • 1930 - Hunter The Stationers Ltd, Bookseller & Stationer
                • Currently: Demolished in 1912 to make way for the new ANZ Bank Building

                100-102 Hunter St / 26 Hunter St / former 68) Newcastle,
                • 1909 - Taylor Bros, Hairdressers
                • 1920-1930 - Way's Ltd, Cafe
                • Currently: Demolished in 1912 to make way for the new Anz Bank Building

                104 Hunter St / 28 Hunter St / former 70  Newcastle,
                • 1909-1932 - Beale & Co Ltd, Piano Wholesalers
                • 1930 - The Bargain Arcade, No2, fancy goods etc
                • 1920 - R.H. Hunter, Jeweler
                • Currently: Demolished in 1912 to make way for the new Anz Bank Building

                106 Hunter St / 30 Hunter St / former part 70  Newcastle,
                • 1909 - William Whitby, Tea Rooms
                • 1950 Chic Salon, Lingerie
                • Currently: Demolished in 1912 to make way for the new Anz Bank Building

                108 Hunter St / 32 Hunter St / 1932 former 72 Hunter St)  Newcastle, in the CML Bldg, 
                • 1910 - B. Phillips, Tailors
                • Notes : As advertised "a Philips Suit gives you. Materials are numerous and handsome, 'but in the fap: of the large number of orders coming in, you must order your Suit now or we can't get it ready before Xmas", 
                • 1910-1920 - W. Norris & Co, Clothier & Mercer
                • 1932 - Lazers, Hardware
                • 1945 Rundle's,
                • Currently: Porky's Nest, Homewares and coffee.
                • Property Owner: WESTLINE

                110 Hunter St / 32 Hunter St / 74 Hunter St, Newcastle, CML BLdg 
                • 1910 - Irvine Ltd, Tailors
                • 1916-1932- Glbb and Beeman, Ltd, Opticians, expert Sight Testing and Spectacles, five shillings. Satisfaction guaranteed, or money refunded. Gibb and Beeman,"
                • 1918 - Robert Ingall and Sons, working mans trousers.
                • 1930 - Paris stores, Tailors & Mercers
                • 1932 - Gresham Studio's
                • 1932 - A. Hall & Co Ltd, Radio Dealers 
                • 1937 to 1980 - Radio 2KO, Click for more info
                • 1940 - Browns Manchester Store's Pty Ltd, Drapers
                • Currently: The CML Building, a Multi Story building with Various Tenants.

                11(former 32 )  (1920 part former 76) Hunter St Newcastle, in the CML Bldg,  
                • Currently: Sallini's Barber. 

                Centennial Hotel 
                114 Hunter St / 34 Hunter St / 76 Hunter St,  Newcastle,  (1920 former 76)
                • 1888 -The Centennial Hotel (SV Brain)  The bar of this hotel extended from Scott St to Hunter St. From what I've heard through a friend of Terry Brain, it was the longest bar in Australia. Built Jan 26
                • 1898The Niagara Cafe. Angelo Bourtzos, after he left Vlahokerasia, Greece bound for the USA around 1898 and before the turn of the century. He traveled from the USA to Australia, eventually settling in Newcastle and opening the Niagara Cafe.  In 1898, It was located next to the CML Building and on the North side of the street and virtually opposite The Brazil Cafe.
                • 1912 it was taken over by Brothers Michael and Theo Karanges (who was Bourtzos godson) Theo stayed on to take over the business when Bourtzos died, while Michael Peter Karanges opened up his own Niagara Cafe a few miles away in the Newcastle suburb of Hamilton... Around 1920 George Peter Kostakes and Michael Karanges became partners. By 1926 they had incorporated with George Peter Kostakes and Mr. P.Karanges as First directors... Con and Nick Karanges arrived from Vlahokerasia, Greece around November 1936 and worked for their Uncle Michael Karanges. It was here at the Niagara that Nick met his wife to be Olive May Watts.. Con and Nick Karanges worked, saved and bought their own cafe's, In 1942Con bought The Embassy Cafe at 303 Hunter Street, whilst Nick Karanges bought the Central Cafe at  Belford St Broadmeadow opposite the Century Theatre.
                • In 1951 George Peter Kostakes, Passed away. He died in the Royal Newcastle Hospital yesterday, aged 60. He lived at 13 Anzac Parade Newcastle which later became the Nick Gerakiteys household.
                • The Niagara cafe also in the 1940's owned its own cake and sweets factory in Bull-street, Cook’s Hill which was sold in 1952. See more of the story below.
                • Nick Karanges at the Central Cafe Broadmeadow. Con worked at the Embassy till he retired in 1976. Around 1938 George Velissaris arrived from Greece and began working for his uncle Michael Karanges at the Niagara. Around 1946 George Velissaris bought out his brother Michael and ran the business himself. Around 1954 brothers George and Nick Velissaris bought the Station Cafe in Campsie Sydney and moved there with the family. In 1940, Steve Gounis arrived from Greece to work in the Niagara Cafe. John Scoufis, from the same village, also came to Australia to work in the Niagara but unlike the others he settled in Sydney. Scoufis bought and ran the Central Inn Cafe in Railway Square, Sydney in 1933   Phone 654.
                • 1935 The Niagara Cafe was advertising "The best place to eat and drink and the new 4d milk bar service. Excellent chocolates and cakes"
                • Currently: - Fruit & Peel Coffee Shop.         ok34  ok76
                • 1909 - Newcastle Jockey Club.
                • For more Information on The Centennial Hotel
                • Property Owner: BENDLINK PTY LIMITED & M CONSTANTINE

                116-118 Hunter St / 36-38 Hunter St / 78-80 Hunter St, Newcastle, 
                • 1909 - Thomas B. Blackall & Hunt, Chemist & Dentist
                • 1920-1945 - Palings Rooms, Edward Tyrrell, Teacher and other Various music teachers, technicians.
                • 1930 - a Pure Fruit Drinks Store
                • 1950 - Ells Bookstore books, toys and stationery (78 Hunter St)
                • Currently: - Gentleman's Outfitters
                • Property Owner: CITY ELECTRICAL SERVICES PTY LIMITED

                120 Hunter St / 40 Hunter St / 82 Hunter St, Newcastle, The City Arcade, 
                • 1909 - Abel & Co. Ltd, Wholesale Confectionery
                • 1916-1920Ways, Ltd, The Victoria Cafe,  Tel 531.
                • 1932 - Harringtons Ltd, Photo & Radio Supplies
                • 1932 - Tom Blackall, Dentist
                • Currently: - 1939 - The City Arcade With Barents Tobacco and other tenants. 

                122 Hunter St / 42 Hunter St / 84 Hunter St Newcastle,
                • 1909 W H Paling and Co. Pianos Organs and Music
                • 1920 - Thomas Blackall & Son, Dentist,  Blackall & Sons. (W. Blackall was the father, Tom Blackall the son. Blackalls Park is named after Tom).
                • 1909 - Edwin M. King, Musician
                • 1920-1930 - Thomas Blackall & Hunt, Chemist
                • 1920 - Franc Pearce, Jeweller & Optician
                • 1932 - A.H. Gilliman, Fruiterer (2 shops)
                • 1940 Patton's & Baldwins, Knitting Yarn Mfrs
                • 1950 - Upcroft Bros, Agent House and Land
                • 1950 Christian Science Reading Room.
                • Currently: it's a multi story building with various tenants, including, Bloom Hearing Specialists

                122-124 Hunter St / 42 Hunter St / 86 Hunter St Newcastle,
                • 1920 - Thomas Blackall & Son, Dentist,  Blackall & Sons. (W. Blackall was the father, Tom Blackall the son. Blackalls Park is named after Tom).
                • 1932 - A.H. Gilliman, Fruiterer (2 shops)
                • 1940 Kodak 
                • 1940-1950 - R.H.Stewart. Chemist 
                • Currently: it's a multi story building with various tenants, including, Bloom Hearing Specialists, The Wren, Jewels On Hunter, OPSM, Jeremiah Jones Fish & Chips.   
                • Property Owner: G S HILL 2300

                126 Hunter St / 44 Hunter St / 88 Hunter St Newcastle, 
                • 1909-1920 - The Co-op Coupon Co Ltd             chk44
                • 1930 - Myers Ltd, Shoe Store
                • 1930 - Ranson's Clergy Wear
                • 1932 - Home Recreations Aust Ltd, Phonographs & Bird Tables
                • Currently: The Wren

                128 Hunter St / 46 Hunter St / 90 Hunter St Newcastle,
                • 1920 - Newcastle Nursery Co.
                • 1920 - Walter Neve, Furniture Manufacturer & Undertaker  
                • 1930 - Bernard's, Picture framers & photographers
                • 1930 - Bargain Arcade Ltd, Fancy Goods, 3 shops
                • 1940 Breckenridge's Blue Room Cafe 

                130 Hunter St / 48 Hunter St / 92 Hunter St,  Newcastle,
                • 1920 - Tom Ingall & Son, Tailors
                • 1930 - Bargain Arcade Ltd, Fancy Goods, 3 shops
                • 1940 -Hunter & Son Shoes Pty Ltd. Shoe store  
                • Currently: Jewels On Hunter

                132-134 Hunter St / 50 Hunter St / 94 Hunter St, Newcastle, 
                • 1909 - Macrow & Sons Pty Ltd, Jewellers
                • 1920-1950 - Elliot's Pty Ltd, High Class Tailors and Mens complete outfitters, Mercer. also at 537 Hunter St
                • 1930 - Bargain Arcade Ltd, Fancy Goods, 3 shops
                • Currently: it is OPSM

                134 Cnr Hunter St / 52 Hunter St / 94a Hunter St, Newcastle, (in 1909 / 52 Hunter St,1932 / 94a Hunter St)
                • 1909 - James A. Leslie, Tailor
                • 1920 - The Commonwealth Bank
                • 1932 - Miss Duncan, Milliner 
                • Currently: - Jeremiah Jones, Fish n Chips Boutique.

                <<<  Crossing over Newcomen St and continuing west along Hunter Street >>>> North side of Hunter St, Newcomen to Morgan St Block

                The Rawson Hotel 1920 
                136-140 Hunter St / 54 Hunter St / 96 Hunter St Newcastle, 
                • 1876-1920 - The Chrystal Palace Hotel  - (George P. Atkins)
                • 1920-1964 - The Rawson Hotel (J.W.Wallace) Hotel Rawson on the corner of Hunter and Newcomen streets, it was demolished after its licence expired in 1964 and is now the site of the Commonwealth Bank.
                • 1930-1940 - Howe's Shoes Pty Ltd. Shoe store
                • 1950 - The Commonwealth Bank of Australia
                • Currently: Discount Warehouse Chemist 
                • Property Owner: COMMONWEALTH BANK OF AUSTRALIA

                138 Hunter St / 56 Hunter St / 98 Hunter St, Newcastle, 
                • 1900-1920 - Singer Sewing Machines
                • 1909 - Carl Macree, Oyster Saloon
                • 1930 - The School Of Arts  ok56
                • 1932 - Hunter The Stationer Ltd, Bookseller & Stationers

                140-142 Hunter St /58 Hunter St / 100-102 Hunter St, Newcastle, 
                • 1876 - Mrs Prevost, watchmaker and Jeweler
                • 1909 - Payizis Macree, Fruiterers
                • 1920-1932 - Way's Ltd, Cafe
                • 1930 - Robert Ingall & Sons, Tailors & Mercers
                • 1940 - Rex Asher, Fishing Tackle
                • Currently: it's a Vacant store

                144-146 Hunter St / 60 Hunter St / 104-106 Hunter St, Newcastle,
                • 1891 - G.E. Bodley Children's toy shop. As advertised "Toys, Toys, Toys. for Children for Christmas. Toys for Christmas for Children. A splendid lot just. opened. Remember, My Prices are as usual" The Cheapest in Town."    
                • 1909 - J. Kingsborough & Co, Drapers
                • 1920 - R.H. Hunter, Jeweler
                • 1930 - Farr's Markets Ltd
                • 1932 - Bargain Arcade Ltd No 2, Fancy Goods
                • 1935 - Nicholson's music store
                • 1940-1950Betta-Cakes, a Cake store.
                • 1908 - Rundle'smenswear
                • Currently:  it's Newcastle City Health Foods

                Rundles Hunter St (Photo Uni)
                148-150 Cnr Hunter St / 62 Hunter St / 108 Hunter St,  Newcastle,
                • 1908 - Richard Thomas Rundle opened his tailoring shop calling it Rundles. Richard was an early innovator and was one of the first tailors to see the potential of sewing machines as a more cost effect method of tailoring, controversially moving away from hand sewing on the knee. For more than a century Rundles has been looking for ways to offer its customers exceptional value for money. Rundle's, the store for men & boys. 
                • 1909 - David Miller, Grocer
                • 1909 - Commonwealth Bank
                • 1920-1932 - Lane & Trewartha Ltd, Grocers
                • 1930 - Mrs E. Winn, Costmr
                • 1940-1950  Goldsmith Pty Ltd.  Boot and Shoe retailers.
                • 1940 - RW Upfold, Electrician
                • 1950Reid's Commercial Services.Business Consultants.
                • 1950 - J.R.Trahan, Agents Manufacturing
                • 1950 - Retail Traders Association of NSW
                • 1950 - H.H. Benjamin, Clothier
                • 1952 - Rundles Pty Limited, under second-generation tailors Nelson Rundle and Lindsay Rundle, Rundles began its expansion by wholesaling quality suits and blazers nationally while maintaining a retail presence in Newcastle. In 1952 it became a public company, Rundles Pty Limited.
                • 1973 - Rundles, under the guidance of Lindsay Rundle and now third generation tailor, Peter Rundle. The business established itself as one of Australia’s largest suiting manufacturers. The company employed more than 500 people and was one of the largest employers of women in the Hunter region. 
                • Currently: - Ka-fey cafe, Coffee Shop

                <<<  Crossing over Morgan St and continuing west along Hunter Street >>>> North side of Hunter St, Morgan to Market St Block

                Municipal Market Building (photo uonarchi)
                152-160 Cnr Hunter St / 64 Hunter St / 110 Hunter St, Newcastle, 
                City Arms Hotel

                154 Hunter St / 66 Hunter St)  (former 112) Newcastle,

                156-160 Hunter St (68 Hunter St)  (114 Hunter St) Newcastle, 

                162-164 Cnr Hunter St (70 Hunter St)  (1920 / 116-118 Hunter St)  Newcastle, 

                <<<  Crossing over Market St and continuing west along Hunter Street >>>> North side of Hunter St, Market to Thorn St Block

                166-168 Hunter St / 74-78 Hunter St / 122-124 Hunter St Newcastle, 

                170-172 Hunter St (80 Hunter St)  (126-128 Hunter St) Newcastle,

                <<<  Crossing over Thorn St and continuing west along Hunter Street >>>> North side of Hunter St,Thorn to Wolf St Block

                174 Cnr Hunter St / 82a Hunter St / 130a Hunter St, Newcastle,

                Palings Music Store 1916-1940
                176 Cnr Hunter St / 82 Hunter St / 130 Hunter St, Newcastle, 

                178 Hunter St / 84 Hunter St 132 Hunter St,  Newcastle, 

                180 Hunter St (86 Hunter St(134 Hunter St) Newcastle,  

                182 Hunter St / 88 Hunter St / 136 Hunter St, Newcastle, 

                184 Hunter St / 88 Hunter St / 138 Hunter St,  Newcastle,

                186 Cnr Hunter St / 88a Hunter St / 140-142 Hunter St,  Newcastle

                <<<<<  Crossing over Wolf St and continuing west along Hunter Street >>>>>> North side of Hunter St, Wolf to Perkins St Block

                188-190 Hunter St / 90 Hunter St)  (144 Hunter St)  Newcastle, 

                192 Hunter (92 Hunter St(146 Hunter St) Newcastle,

                194-196 Hunter / 94-96 Hunter St) (148-152 Hunter St)  Newcastle,

                196 Hunter / 98 Hunter St / 154 Hunter St)  Newcastle,

                Sound World 1986
                198-200 Hunter / 100 Hunter St / 156-160 Hunter St  Newcastle,

                202-206  Hunter 102-104 Hunter St  Newcastle, 

                208 Hunter / 106 Hunter St (former 164)  Newcastle, 

                210 Hunter / 108 Hunter St  Newcastle,

                212 Hunter / 110 Hunter St (former 166)  Newcastle,

                214  Hunter / 112 Hunter St (former 168) Newcastle, 

                200-218 Hunter St / 114 Hunter St (former 162-168 Hunter St) Newcastle,  

                220 (former 162Hunter St Newcastle, 

                End of 1909 108 Hunter St numbering system <<<<< Crossing over Perkins St and continuing west along Hunter Street >>>>>>>>> North side (Rail side) of Hunter St, Wolf St to  Block... Crossing Perkins St

                336 Hunter St / 172 Hunter St Newcastle

                338 (former 354) Hunter St Newcastle,

                former Tramway Substation (Photo Sharn Harrison)
                342 Hunter St / 174 Hunter St Newcastle,

                344-358 Hunter St / 176-186 Hunter St Newcastle,
                • Currently: - a Vacant Block opposite Darby St
                • Property Owner:RAIL CORPORATION NEW SOUTH WALES

                356 Hunter St / 188 Hunter St Newcastle,   
                • Currently: it is Res Sleep, Newcastle clinic, we provide a bulk billed home sleep test, treatment trials of CPAP product, sale of all equipment & spare parts

                360-364 Hunter St, Newcastle, 

                366-374 Hunter St, Newcastle,

                376 Hunter St, Newcastle,

                380 Hunter St, Newcastle, Evatt Chambers,   

                382 Hunter St, Newcastle,

                384 Hunter St, Newcastle,

                400 Cnr Hunter St, Newcastle, Multi Story GIO building with Various Tenants

                << North Crossing over Merewether St and continuing west along Hunter Street >>>> North side of Hunter St, Merewether St to Worth Place Block

                414 Hunter St, Newcastle, 

                418 Hunter St, Newcastle,

                424-428 Hunter St, Newcastle, 

                428 Hunter St, Newcastle,

                430 Hunter Street, Civic Block, Civic Railway Station 

                Civic Tram Stop

                432-438 Hunter St, Newcastle, 

                440-448 Hunter St, Newcastle,

                444-448 Hunter St, Newcastle,  

                450-454 Hunter St, Newcastle, 

                456-460 Hunter St, Newcastle, Civic Chambers
                • Currently: - Applied Training Solutions
                • Property Owner:J A OWENS (Unit 3) 2027

                462 Hunter St, Newcastle, 

                464 Hunter St / xxx Hunter St  Newcastle,

                468 Hunter St, Newcastle, 

                470 Hunter St, Newcastle, 

                474 Hunter St, Newcastle, 

                476-478 Hunter St, Newcastle, 

                 480 Hunter St, Newcastle,

                484 Hunter St, Newcastle, 

                486 Hunter St / 178 Hunter St Newcastle,

                488 Hunter St / 180 Hunter St Newcastle,

                490 Hunter St  / 182 Hunter St Newcastle,

                492-494 Hunter St / 186 Hunter St Newcastle, ASWN House

                496 Hunter St, Newcastle,

                498-500 Hunter St, Newcastle,

                502 Hunter St / 194-196 Hunter St Newcastle,

                504 Hunter St /xx Hunter St Newcastle,

                506 Hunter St / 202 Hunter St Newcastle,

                508 Hunter St / 204 Hunter St Newcastle,

                510-512 Hunter St / 206-208 Hunter St Newcastle,

                514 Hunter St / xxx Hunter St Newcastle,

                516 Hunter St / 212 Hunter St Newcastle, 

                518 Hunter St /  214-216 Hunter St Newcastle,

                522 Hunter St, Newcastle, 

                528 Hunter St / 218 Hunter St Newcastle

                534 Hunter St / 220-226 Hunter St  Newcastle

                <<<< North Crossing over Worth Place and continuing west along Hunter Street >>> North side of Hunter St, Worth Pl to Steel St Block 

                Light Rail Development, Worth Place (Photo Ncle Herald)
                536 Hunter St / 232 Hunter St Newcastle West, 

                538 Hunter St / 234-244 Hunter St Newcastle West, 

                540 Hunter St / 234-244 Hunter St Newcastle West,

                556-558 Hunter St / 246-248 Hunter St Newcastle West, Built 1907 

                560 Hunter St / 250 Hunter St  Newcastle West, Manchester Unity Building.

                564 Hunter St / 252-254 Hunter St Newcastle West, 

                566 Hunter St / 256 Hunter St Newcastle West, 

                572 Hunter St / 258 Hunter St Newcastle West, 

                576-578 Hunter St / 260-262 Hunter St Newcastle West, 

                580 Hunter St / 262 Hunter St Newcastle West,

                582-586 Hunter St / 264 Hunter St  Newcastle West,

                588-592 Hunter St / 266 Hunter St Newcastle West,

                588-592 Hunter St / 268-278 Hunter St Newcastle West, 

                600 Hunter St / 280 Hunter St Newcastle West,

                600a Hunter St / 282 Hunter St  Newcastle West,

                602 Hunter St / 284 Hunter St Newcastle West,  Newcastle, 

                604-606 Hunter St / 286-288 Hunter St Newcastle West, 

                608 Hunter St / 290 Hunter St Newcastle West, 

                610 Hunter St / 292 Hunter St Newcastle West,

                612 Hunter St / 294 Hunter St Newcastle West, 

                614-616 Hunter St / 296-298 Hunter St Newcastle West,  

                616 Hunter St / 314 Hunter St,

                618 Hunter St / 300-302 Hunter St  Newcastle West, 

                618a Hunter St / 304 Hunter St  Newcastle West,

                618 Hunter St / 316 Hunter St Newcastle West, 

                Honeysuckle Railway Station

                New Honeysuckle Tram Stop

                620 Hunter St / 318 Hunter St Newcastle West, 

                622-668 Hunter St / 320 Hunter St Newcastle West, 1930 -

                670 Hunter St Newcastle West,

                <<< Crossing over Steel St / Honeysuckle Cnr and continuing west Hunter Street >>>
                North side of Hunter St, Steel St to Bellevue St Block

                Hunter St West
                672 Cnr Hunter St / 326 Hunter St Newcastle West,

                674 Hunter St / 328 Hunter St Newcastle West,

                676 Hunter St / 330 Hunter St Newcastle West,

                678 Hunter St / 332 Hunter St Newcastle West, 

                678a Hunter St / 334 Hunter St Newcastle West,

                680 Hunter St / 336 Hunter St Newcastle West, Shedden Chambers

                682 Hunter St / 336a Hunter St Newcastle West,
                West End Arcade and Market (photo uonarchi)
                682-684 Hunter St / 344-350 Hunter St (Former 328) Hunter St Newcastle West, 

                West End Arcade and Market (photo uonarchi)

                686 Hunter St / 346 Hunter St,

                688-692 Hunter St / 356-360 Hunter St, (95-99) Newcastle,

                700-708 Hunter / Charlton St Newcastle West, 

                710 Hunter St / 360 Hunter St / Newcastle West, 

                720 Hunter / 364 Hunter St Newcastle West, 

                726 Hunter / 366 Hunter St  Newcastle West, 

                END OF ( 366 Hunter St ) numbers, START OF 1 Charlton St Wickham - 1920, from here to the Overhead bridge it is Charlton St Wickham

                Former Bellevue Hotel
                738 Hunter Charlton St Wickham Newcastle West, / 1 Hannell St Wickham, 

                <<< Crossing over Bellevue St and heading west along Hunter St, Wickham >>>
                North side of Hunter St, Bellevue St to Stewart Avenue Block

                744 Hunter St / 1 Charlton St Wickham / 1 Hunter St Wickham,  Newcastle West

                746 Hunter St / 3 Charlton St Wickham  / 3 Hunter St Wickham,  Newcastle West,

                756 Hunter St / 13 Charlton St Wickham / 13 Hunter St Wickham, Newcastle West,

                760 Hunter St / 15 Charlton St Wickham / 17 Hunter St Wickham, Newcastle West,

                764 Hunter St / 17 Charlton St Wickham / 21 Hunter St Wickham,  Newcastle West,

                McLeod Kelso and Lee, Chevrolet Park (Photo Ken Magor)
                766-770Hunter St / 19 Charlton St Wickham / 23-33 Hunter St Wickham, Newcastle West

                Aero Apartments, Hunter St, built on the site of the old McLeod Kelso and Lee, Chevrolet Park
                772-778 Hunter St / 21 Charlton St Wickham / 35 Hunter St Wickham,   Newcastle West,

                780 Hunter St / 23-25 Charlton St Wickham,  Newcastle West

                788 Hunter St / 27 Charlton St Wickham,  Newcastle West,

                796-802 Hunter St / 29a Charlton St Wickham,  Newcastle West,
                • 1920 – W. Kamsai, Draper
                • Currently: – Engenium, Engineering consultant in Newcastle West
                • Property Owner: SIDRAW PTY LTD 2303

                798 Hunter St / 31 Charlton St Wickham,  Newcastle West,

                800 Hunter St / 33 Charlton St Wickham,  Newcastle West,

                802 Hunter St / 35 Charlton St Wickham, Newcastle West,

                804 Hunter St / 35a Charlton St Wickham,  Newcastle West,

                806 Hunter St / 37 Charlton St Wickham,  Newcastle West,

                806a Hunter St / 39 Charlton St Wickham,  Newcastle West,

                806b Hunter St / 41 Charlton St Wickham, Newcastle West,

                806c Hunter St / 43-45 Charlton St Wickham, Newcastle West,

                Hunter St / 47-49 Charlton St Wickham, Newcastle West,

                Hunter St / 51 Charlton St Wickham,  Newcastle West,

                Hunter St / 53 Charlton St Wickham,  Newcastle West,

                Hunter St / 57-59 Charlton St Wickham,  Newcastle West,

                806 Hunter St / 61 Charlton St Wickham, Newcastle West,

                808 Hunter St  / 63 Charlton St Wickham  Newcastle West,

                < Crossing over Florence St and heading west along Hunter St, Wickham >>>

                810-820 Hunter St / 65-67 Charlton St Wickham  Newcastle West

                818 Hunter St / 67 Charlton St Wickham  Newcastle West

                822 Hunter St / 69-74 Charlton St Wickham,  Newcastle West / Hunter St Wickham,

                824 Hunter St / 71 Charlton St Wickham,  Newcastle West / Hunter St Wickham,

                826 Hunter St / 73 Charlton St Wickham,  Newcastle West,

                832 Hunter St / 75 Charlton St Wickham,  Newcastle West,

                Hunter St / 77 Charlton St Wickham,  Newcastle West,

                Hunter St / 79 Charlton St Wickham,  Newcastle West,

                Hunter St / 81 Charlton St Wickham,  Newcastle West,

                Hunter St / 83 Charlton St Wickham,  Newcastle West,

                Hunter St / 85 Charlton St Wickham,  Newcastle West,

                Hunter St / 87 Charlton St Wickham,  Newcastle West,

                Hunter St / 89 Charlton St Wickham,  Newcastle West,

                Hunter St / 91 Charlton St Wickham,  Newcastle West,

                < After 1920 Crossing over Stewart Avenue and heading west along Hunter St .>
                South side of Hunter St, Stewart Avenue to Cooper St Block

                830-834 Hunter St / 93 Charlton St Wickham,  Newcastle West,

                840 Hunter St / 95 Charlton St Wickham,  Newcastle West, 

                844 Hunter St / 97 Charlton St Wickham,  Newcastle West,

                850a Hunter St / 99 Charlton St Wickham,  Newcastle West, 

                850b Hunter St / 99a Charlton St Wickham / Newcastle West,

                850 Hunter St / 101 Charlton St Wickham / 83 hunter st wickham, Newcastle West,

                <<< Crossing over Cooper Street and heading west along Hunter/Charlton St >>> North side of Hunter St, Cooper to Railway St Block

                The Store 1900 (Photo Newcastle Herald)
                854-872 Hunter St Newcastle West / 103-107 Hunter St Wickham / 103-107 Charlton St Wickham 

                874 Hunter St Newcastle West / 109 Hunter St Wickham / 109 Charlton St Wickham 

                876 Hunter St Newcastle West / 111 Hunter St Wickham / Charlton St Wickham   

                880 Hunter St Newcastle West / 113 Hunter St Wickham / Charlton St Wickham

                882 Hunter St Newcastle West  / 115 Charlton St Wickham / Hunter St Wickham

                888-900 Hunter St Newcastle West / 117 Charlton St Wickham / Hunter St Wickham,

                912 Hunter St Newcastle West / 119 Charlton St Wickham,

                914 Hunter St Newcastle West / 121 Charlton St Wickham,

                916 Hunter St Newcastle West / 123 Charlton St Wickham,

                Hunter St Newcastle West / 125 Charlton St Wickham,

                Hunter St Newcastle West / 127 Charlton St Wickham,

                Hunter St Newcastle West / 129 Charlton St Wickham,

                Hunter St Newcastle West / 131 Charlton St Wickham,
                • 1920 – Oscar H. Cooper
                • 1938 – Werrin & Co Ltd, Glass Merchants

                Hunter St Newcastle West / 133 Charlton St Wickham,
                • 1920 – William McNaughton
                • 1950 – Motor Traders Pty Ltd, Motor Car Spare Parts

                Hunter St Newcastle West / 135 Charlton St Wickham,
                • 1920 – Richard Graham

                Hunter St Newcastle West / 137 Charlton St Wickham,
                • 1920 – Barth J. Kelly
                • 1938 – Frank H. Russell

                Hunter St Newcastle West / 139-141 Charlton St Wickham,
                • 1920 – William Hancock
                • 1938 – Newcastle Motors Ltd, Auto Electricians

                Hunter St Newcastle West / 143 Charlton St Wickham,
                • 1938 – Keysell’s Pty Ltd, Motor Dealers

                Hunter St Newcastle West / 147 Charlton St Wickham,
                • 1940 – McPherson & Son, Steel Merchants

                Hunter St Newcastle West / 149 Charlton St Wickham,
                • 1920 – Frederick Power
                • 1920 – NSW Co-op W. Society (Office)

                Hunter St Newcastle West / 151 Charlton St Wickham,
                • 1920 – William Hunt
                • 1920 – John Hamilton

                Hunter St Newcastle West / 153 Charlton St Wickham,
                • 1938 John D. Williams

                Hunter St Newcastle West / 155 Charlton St Wickham
                • 1938 – Reg A. Marsh
                • 1938 – Wakefield & Co CC Lube Oils

                924-926 Cnr Hunter St Newcastle West / 161 Charlton St Wickham / 161 Hunter St Wickham 1910
                • 1920-1950 – Dairy Farmers’ Co-op Milk Co Ltd
                • Currently: – a Vacant Lot, It was Dairy Farmers   
                • Property Owner:ZUTOR PTY LTD 2285

                928 Hunter St Newcastle West / 163-165 Charlton St Wickham,
                • 1920 – D. McNaughton & Son, Builders, Contractors & Patternmakers
                • 1938 – Universal Car Wreckers

                <<< Crossing over Railway St and heading west along Hunter/Charlton St >>> North side of Hunter St, Railway St to Rail Bridge Block 

                NSW Motors
                934 Hunter St Newcastle West / 167-169  Hunter St Wickham / 167-169 Charlton St Wickham 

                946 Hunter St Newcastle West / 171 Hunter St Wickham / 171 Charlton St Wickham

                956 Hunter St Newcastle West / 173 Charlton St Wickham

                970 Hunter St Newcastle West / 175 Charlton St Wickham

                978 Hunter St Newcastle West / 177 Charlton St Wickham

                980 Hunter St Newcastle West / 179 Charlton St Wickham

                982 Hunter St Newcastle West / 181 Charlton St Wickham

                984 Hunter St Newcastle West / 183 Charlton St Wickham

                990 Hunter St Newcastle West / 185 Charlton St Wickham

                994 Hunter St Newcastle West / 187 Charlton St Wickham


                Story of a sandhill
                The late Norm Barney wrote of Hunter Street’s trials and tribulations in this piece, first published in the Newcastle Herald 20 years ago. 
                IN the beginning it was just a track; It began near the sandhills and a few hundred metres later petered out in the scrub. It was hilly and water lapped at its northern edge.
                It was given a name, Wellington Street, probably after the famous Duke and his part in the victory against Napoleon at the Battle of Waterloo in June 1815. The name did not last long, for in 1823 the surveyor Henry Dangar began his survey of Newcastle and the Hunter Valley. He dropped the name Wellington and it became Hunter Street.
                The name was there but not much else. The track, for that's all it was, went only as far as today's Perkin Street. It was low, prone to flooding, surrounded by ti-tree scrub and made mostly of dirty black sand.
                A few scattered houses, shops and hotels began to spring up along the track but even by the 1850s those residents who made their homes at the eastern end of the street, near Watt and Bolton streets, considered the Rouse Hotel to be "in the bush". The hotel stood on the site where the main entrance to the former David Jones building was today.
                One early settler described it as a "straggly street in a straggling sort of town".
                Another remembered it as an uneven, hilly street, which flooded after heavy rain.
                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".
                Another pioneer settler recalled the street in the late 1850s as having a few shops that were "little more then lean-tos and humpies."
                The area we know today as Scott Street was submerged at high tide. Those brave enough to build on the northern side of Hunter Street had to place their timber homes or shops on pillars or stilts to avoid being flooded.
                Hunter Street was then much lower then it is today and many of the early shops were built high to avoid flooding. Customers had to climb as many as a dozen wooden steps to reach and enter a shop.
                Climbing steps was not the only hazard faced by shoppers. The town and the street was once overrun by goats and at one time the local police were destroying up to 100 a week.
                One of the early attempts to align the street in an organised way came in the 1850s. As the street was filled in, most of the shops "came down" to street level. But history records that one butcher shop near the corner of Hunter and Perkin streets got lower and lower as the street got higher and higher. In the end less then two metres of the shop front was showing above Hunter Street.
                The butcher installed steps to allow his customers to descend to the shop and he displayed his meat at pavement level and employed a young boy to keep the bush flies away from the carcasses.
                In the 1850s Mr Colin Christie, later to become mayor of Newcastle, worked in a boot and shoe shop opposite the site of David Jones. The timber shops were so small they were known around town as the "sardine boxes".
                In 1857 Mr Christie recalled seeing a huge bed of sand outside the present post office. It may well have been Newcastle's first roundabout as it was used to "turn" bullock teams. In a paddock on the corner of Hunter and Bolton Streets - the site of the old State Bank - horses grazed and residents kept their carts and drays.
                Reclaiming part of the harbour on the city side stabilised the area of Hunter Street down to Perkin Street. With the coming of the railway, businesses were on firmer ground.
                Beyond Perkin Street there was little until Crown Street, and this was the boundary between the two areas.
                For years the area we now call the West End was nothing more then a track. In the early 1850s the AA Company owned that section of track between Crown Street and what became known as Bank Corner. The company named it Blane Street, after one of the senior officials. It was to retain that name for almost 40 years before being re-named Hunter Street West.
                The section of Hunter Street from the Bank Corner to Tudor Street was part of Charlton Street, which once went as far as the Islington bridge.
                For many years Blane Street was "off limits" to many residents. To go west under the bridge was like crossing the border into a foreign country. But gradually the AA Company opened up its land and houses and shops began to appear along the street.
                In the area between today's Crown and Darby streets there appeared a few shops - a timber yard, watchmaker, fruit shop, furniture shop and undertaker and, of course, the inevitable hotels. (In 1900 there were 26 hotels in Hunter Street; in 2013 there are five.) The land behind the shops was a paddock that attracted some of the early circuses (they also performed off Hunter Street, near today's King Street parking station and in the Market Street area).
                A Mrs Nicholls, known locally as "Gentle Annie" was one of the early residents of Blane St and she lived near Crown Street. Gradually Blane Street opened up but it took many years to establish beyond Melville Street (now Union Street). A blacksmith occupied the site of what became the Newcastle Gas Company, and on the current Honeysuckle site there were about 100 houses. They later made way for the railway workshops and some were moved to Bullock Island (Carrington), Wickham and Stockton.
                As the town evolved and progressed, so did Hunter Street. Transport was primitive, with horse-drawn buses bringing people to the town and the harbour. The coming of the railway made it easier for those who lived out of town and near a rail line to get to Hunter Street.
                The introduction of steam trains in 1887 helped to attract even more people. The tram terminus was then at Perkin Street (Scott Street then ended at Market Street).
                By this time horse-drawn transport had ruled for many years and Hunter Street was often crowded with horse-drawn buses, hansom cabs, carts, drays, carriages and sulkies.
                Horse droppings became both a nuisance and a health hazard. The council employed men to clean up the streets every day but, while they could remove the evidence of the horses, the could not keep away the dirt, dust and flies that blew into shops and houses from the surrounding bush.
                Speed was another problem. Drivers were often taken to court and fined for being in charge of a speeding horse or horses in Hunter Street.
                In 1898 the council introduced a by-law prohibiting vehicular traffic, drawn by animals, to travel at more than walking pace between Watt and Brown streets on Saturdays and public holidays, up to 10.30am. It did little to stop accidents in the street.
                While the original section of Hunter Street has been built up, part of Blane Street was still subject to flooding from high tides. In the middle of the last century a young man drowned near today's Technical College.
                At the western end of Blane Street, near the Bank Corner, was Cottage Creek and on its eastern banks - near the Palais Royale - were two cemeteries, one for Catholics, the other for Presbyterians. It was also at the edge of the creek, in the very early days of the settlement, that the guard was posted to try and forestall escaping convicts.
                Any improvements made to Hunter Street often meant an agreement between two or more councils. Part of the West End was in the Wickham municipality and this meant that both Newcastle and Wickham aldermen had to agree if money was to be spent in the western part of the street.
                Over the years, aldermen on both councils met and talked interminably about how to improve the street. Funding was always the problem and there were always some aldermen who wanted to use the most up-to-date and expensive methods of paving or re-aligning the street.
                Early photographs show it as dusty in dry weather and muddy in wet. There were always drainage problems and endless complaints of raw sewage entering the drains and eventually the harbour. The stench from some drains was said to be continuous and overwhelming.
                Over the years the council discussed, and carried out, the sealing of parts of Hunter Street with wooden blocks, concrete and asphalt. This finally overcame the problem of mud and sand, which in wet weather saw one end of the street covered in black mud, the other in yellow-brown.
                In the very early days of the settlement when names were given to the streets or tracks, Watt Street (originally George Street) was considered Newcastle's most important thoroughfare. Hunter Street began its western journey from Watt Street.
                As Hunter Street grew in stature and length, the city fathers decided that the street should be extended to Pacific and then Telford streets. This meant that properties in Watt Street had to be purchased and demolished.
                It took a special Act of Parliament and more than 20 years of lobbying and discussion before the way was clear to extend Hunter Street.
                About street numbering in Newcastle.
                Supplied by Bob Donaldson
                Property numbering in Newcastle and its suburbs was almost never extensively advertised or recorded in the late Nineteenth and early Twentieth Centuries, making the exact location of older properties difficult to determine. Telephone directories and newspaper advertising commonly stated just “Hunter Street” or “Hamilton”, probably because of the lack of highly developed areas and the presumption that people would know where a particular property or person was located. To add to the difficulty of locating old properties, today’s Hunter Street was originally made up of four distinct streets each having a separate name. The eastern end of today’s Hunter Street did not exist until 1908 when, after some 21 years of lobbying, Hunter Street was extended from Watt Street to “The Sandhills” or today’s Pacific Street. Not long after, it was extended further east to Telford Street, only to be cut off again at Pacific Street in recent times when Pacific Park subsumed the eastern extension and adjoining Hunter Street buildings. Today’s Scott Street has also undergone a number of changes to numbering as buildings have been subsumed and demolished to make way for new parkland or future redevelopment. With the removal of the AA Company’s rail bridge over Hunter Street in 1921, the western end of Newcastle began to develop quickly and what was originally known as Blane Street, in 1889, became part of the long main street where Hunter Street finally extended from Pacific Street in the east to Selma Street in the west. This extension also included the original Charlton Street, which ran from Cottage Creek, now adjoining Market Town Shopping Centre, to Selma Street in the west. What was Hunter Street, running from Tudor Street to Selma Street in the west, is now known as Maitland Road! As part of this amalgamation, street numbers regularly changed and, over time, property numbers on Hunter Street have commenced at Pacific Street, then from Telford Street, and now, again from Pacific Street, where they run continuously, to the west, without a numbering break. When using the original 19th Century numbering, add 64 to locate places using today’s street numbering.
                HENRY ENDERSBY AT 123 HUNTER STREET The Writers Grandfather was Henry Endersby, sometimes also own as Henry Sykes He was born in Perth, Western Australia to a large family that had immigrated to Perth, Western Australia from Cambridgeshire, in the early 1800s. By way of family disunity and separations, Henry, his sister and mother came to live at Pit Street in Newcastle, in 1874. As a teenager, Henry performed acrobatics at the Crystal Palace Gardens at Mayfield and at the Victoria Theatre. He also performed a variety of music events whilst learning his trade as a bootmaker and shoe salesman on Hunter Street. Later, he opened his third shoe and boot shop on Hunter Street following successful business in Lambton and Wallsend. Henry Endersby’s Boot Store, located at 123 Hunter Street, in 1905, was on the site of today’s 187 (approximately) Hunter Street, preceding the Scotts/David Jones complex. The exact location is now obscured by later development but is recorded in historic material, maps and images. Henry Endersby owned his boot and shoe store at 123 Hunter Street Newcastle from August 1905 until September 1910. He purchased the business from W Shirlow, Boot and Shoe Store in August 1905 and subsequently sold it to the Nobby Shoe Company of Sydney (later the Commonwealth Shoe Company) in September 1910. The manager of the Nobby Shoe Company/Commonwealth Shoe Company was David Leslie Sharp, who became Henry’s son-in-law. David Sharp had married Henry’s daughter, Florence Hannah Endersby, in December 1906 and they went on to establish Sharps Shoe Store in 1929 at 205 Hunter Street. David Sharp was 26 when he married Florence and was 30 when he was the manager of the Nobby Shoe Company, following its acquisition from Henry Endersby in 1910. Henry Endersby’s HUNTER STREET Neighbours 121 Hunter Street On Hunter Street, the nearby site of Rouse’s Hotel, later Pearson’s Furniture shop, at 121 Hunter Street, was redeveloped in about 1905 to offer William Scott additional space for his expanding business. The early building developed by William Scott remains today. The extant building at Scott’s Corner was not completed until after 1913 so there were at least 3 years between when Henry sold his Hunter Street shoe business and the time when that shop, and others, were demolished to make way for a major building development as William Scott further developed his premises towards the west and onto the Perkin Street corner. 125 HUNTER STREET George Wieland’s property was clearly one of Henry Endersby neighbours on Hunter Street. Wieland’s Butcher Shop was located at 125 Hunter Street, therefore immediately to the west of Endersby’s Boot and Shoe Store. Even though the name of his butchery on the canned meat can shows The Strand Butchery, the address is clearly 125 Hunter Street and is noted as being (almost) opposite the (Victoria) Theatre. The name Strand was commonly used on business premises in the Nineteenth Century. The Strand Theatre, further east on Hunter Street, came much later in 1914 when it occupied the site of the original Newcastle Borough Markets, at or near today’s 123 Hunter Street. The name of the Strand Theatre and today’s 123 Hunter Street have no connection with the property of either Endersby or Wieland. The other interesting connection is that the brand of the canned meat is shown as Nobby Brand, the same name that Henry’s shoe store later assumed after he sold it in 1910 to the Nobby Shoe Company. Coincidental? These Newcastle Morning Herald images of 2.1.1899 were extracted from the Facebook site Lost Newcastle. They can also be found on a Trove search about George Wieland. The Wieland shop front can also be seen in the pre-1908 image below, immediately to the right or west of Henry Endersby’s store with the large white name panel where the horse and cart are standing. In that later image, the decorative column brackets have gone but the wide span and arched opening between the columns, in that image, are just obvious. 127 HUNTER STREET, at Scott’s Corner This pre-1908 image shows what would later become Scott’s Corner, at the corner of Hunter and Perkin Street, Newcastle. It is likely that Henry’s store, at 123 (now 187) Hunter Street, was located in the building with the covered bullnose verandah to the left of the photograph, possibly the shop with the large white panel. In this particular image, the signs are not readable. Compare this with the adjacent image, showing Henry’s store at 123 Hunter Street with the large white business name panel above. That panel can be seen in both images above and below.
                Scott’s Corner, About 1908, at the convergence of Hunter and Scott Streets, Newcastle.
                This is a famous Ralph Snowball image, looking south-west, showing the corner of Hunter and Wolfe Streets, Newcastle in August 1910. To the very right of the image, to the right of Scotts Ltd first building, can be seen a part of the building that Henry Endersby occupied on Hunter Street before Scotts Corner was established. Just visible are the bullnose upper verandah, white fabric sun blinds and long slender verandah posts. The original image also shows stock and marketing panels being displayed at footpath level along the shop frontage. Compare this detail with the shop front image below. The same group of buildings today with the earlier Scott’s building remaining to the east. Google Earth image. All about to change again.
                Sharps Shoe Store From 1929 to 1973, Sharp’s Shoe Store was located at 205-207 Hunter Street Newcastle. The building at 205 Hunter Street is now the Newcastle Family Practice building, providing GP services. There is no record of a shoe store at this address before 1929. Old images initially suggested that the building may previously have been a produce store as the street awning shows the word LUCERNE. However, there are no horses or hay bales to be seen in any image! Further investigation of more recent images shows a series of shops to the west of the Crown and Anchor Hotel. These included G Caldwell, Jeweller, Newcastle Bag Store and Lucerne, now identified as a butcher shop, adjoining Sharp’s Shoe Shop. The butcher shop later became Australian Sea Foods, then McGavins Butcher Shop, Newcastle Bag Store later became Smarts Bag Store and G Caldwell Jeweller subsequently moved a block to the east and re-established on the south-western corner of Hunter and Wolfe Street. It seems unlikely that, in the midst of a row of quality stores, there would be a farm produce store showing ‘Lucerne’. Lucerne was one of a number by that name that had traded in Newcastle and inner suburbs since well before World War 1. The Hunter Street butcher shop was closed on 29.7.1943 due to the shortage of manpower at the height of World War 2. Their remaining two stores at 133 Scott Street and Hamilton Road (now Denison street), Hamilton remained open during the war. The butcher shop was soon taken over by others and the premises were occupied by a number of butchers until the end of the McGavin era. In fact, 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. Ref: Newcastle Sun, Lucerne Meat Market advertisements 31.8.1918 and 29.7.1943. Sharp’s Shoe Store was therefore located immediately to the west of the long-term butcher shop, with Winns Department Store, immediately to the west. There it remained until the shoe store was taken over by the Wyatt family, following the death of Florence Sharp in 1976.
                Jaroslav and Clare Novak took over the photographic business of C T Lorenz in the late 1950s, having arrived from South Africa and the worked for that business in the early 1950s. The business was located on the street level at 277 Hunter Street, in the Corona Building, originally built in 1935 by the Australian Agricultural Company. The shop was mid-way between Crown and Darby streets in what became known as the Crown-Darby block. It was a small shop with a high ceiling and above the main sales floor was a mezzanine which served as the shop’s office where Claire Novak kept the business in order. The shop had a side window that looked on to the foyer entrance of the Corona Building. The shop therefore had good passing trade exposure and the Hunter Street window was always filled with amazing and new photographic equipment.
                The above information was supplied by Bob Donaldson

                By Spero Davias
                What inspired me to tackle such a task as to try and identify some of the older shops and businesses in the Newcastle CBD and in particular Hunter Street. As a young Electrical contractor working for my own, I was lucky to have had friends and relatives who owned  shops and businesses in Hunter St. It all started with one person who told the next person about my electrical fault finding abilities and so the business grew around the CBD.  I was electrically so involved with my clients in The CBD that it made it very difficult to take on to much work outside the area incase  any of my clients required urgent service, i would be there to help them out.
                So to cut a long story short, i knew most of the premises in the CBD 'back to front'
                By Spero Davias
                Updated : 2019
                thanks to :
       Pam Marley Matthew Glenn Ward Lost Newcastle Facebook Google Trove & The National Library of Australia
                To chase up.. Owen's New Station Hotel). blane st 1879 Paragon Hotel Yacht club hotel owens new station hotel blane st METROPOLITAN HOTEL NEWCASTLE, 1883
                Uncatalogued Stores due to wrong numbering system HUNTER STREET WICKHAM & HUNTER STREET NEWCASTLE WEST (looking for equivalent property numbers today)
                1 Hunter St Wickham D.B.Flet Sister 1 hunter st wickham, Dental Mech 65-67 hunter st wicham, Kemp & Liddell Pty.Ltd Dental Suppliers 91 Hunter St Wickham,   1950 - Elsdon W.R. Cattell & Company Accountants. 99 Hunter St Wickham, Previously : in 1950 it was E.J.Wiggs, Agent House and Land 21 Hunter St Wickham Metal Trades Employers Association. NRMA 81 hunter st wickham, Arnall's Electrical Service Co 169 hunter st wickham, Southebys Auction Marts, Auctioneers 99 Hunter St Wickham E.J. Wigg, Auctioneers 1950 57 hunter st wickham UE Industries ltd Engineers Power tx 89 Hunter st Wickham, West End Milk Bar
                87 Hunter St Wickham,  Previously : in 1950 it was F.Campbell, Bookseller Geo P Lock adv in 1898 225 hunter st west, monumental work 23 Hunter St west Mcleod Kelso & Lee Sorbys adv in 1908 at hunter st west 1 Hunter St Ncle west, F.M.& R.M.BoyDell, Agents Financial
                NOTES ON NUMBERING SYSTEM, by Pam Marley
                CHARLTON ST - from cottage creek bridge to western boundary of Newcastle, renamed Hunter St West 9th Jan, 1905 BLANE ST - from AA company bridge , to  Cottage creek bridge (64 chains, 80 links) renamed Hunter St West gazeted 13 April 1889. LANGFORD  - renamed to Gibson in 1920s, although part becomes King st.
                (office use only  y1909-Hst p648,  y1910-p670 ,p942,  y1920 Hst-p942-p946,  y1930-p1373, y1940-p787, ) 1932, p723

                By Spero Davias

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