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Digital Photograph - Owner & Baby Daughter Outside J Phillips Hardware Store, Abbotsford, circa 1865 Image Reg. No: MM 110454

Sepia photograph featuring James Phillips in the doorway of his store 'J. Phillips Hardwareman', at 49 Victoria Street Abbotsford between about 1865 and 1870. He is holding one of his daughters (either Mary, born 1862, Amelia, born 1866 or Milly, born 1868). It is likely that the photograph was taken when the business first opened to mark the occasion, so may be closer to 1865.

James came out to Melbourne from London with his wife and two children, and set up shop at 49 Victoria Street, Abbotsford in 1865, after plans to find gold were fruitless. He later had four more children. The store dealt with china and glass which was hired out for picnics, as well as operating as an ironmonger. James Phillips found success in this business, later owning the store and a house at 52 Victoria Road, Hawthorn. In 1872 he built a shop with a residence on the second floor next door at 51 Victoria St Abbotsford. According to family, James died in 1894 and his wife Mary died in 1896.

Photograph collected as part of Melbourne's Biggest Family Album in 2006.
Digital image file, copied from original sepia print.
Description Of Content:
Hardware shop owner in the doorway of his store, holding infant daughter. Shop windows display a range of household goods.
Acquisition Information:
Copied from Mrs Robin Wembridge, 2006
Contributed by Mrs Robin Wembridge (Landman Family)
Discipline: History

More information

Tagged with: commerce, hardware stores, immigration, retailing, abbotsford
Themes this item is part of: Working Lives & Work Places in Photographs, Migration Collection, Melbourne's Biggest Family Album Collection
Primary Classification: COMMERCE & RETAILING
Secondary Classification: Hardware
Tertiary Classification: shop fronts
Original Caption: J. Phillips Hardware Man Store
Inscriptions: PHOTOGRAPHIC ARTIST PATERSON BROTHERS Portrait Rooms 8 Bourke St. East Melbourne
People Depicted: Phillips, James
Organisations Depicted: J Phillips Hardwareman
Format: Digital Still Image: Black & White; Tiff
Place & Date Depicted: Abbotsford, Victoria, Australia, circa 1865

The child in the photograph looks to be about 2 or 3 years old. It is believed to be one of James Phillips daughter's - Mary, who was born in 1862; Amelia, who was born in 1866, or Milly who was born in 1868. Thus the photograph is estimated to have been taken during the years 1865-1870. It is likely that the photograph was taken to mark the occasion when the business first opened or shortly aftger it opened, so the date is probably closer to 1865.
Photographer: Paterson Bros (Photographers)
References: Sands & McDougall Directories: 1890 p.268 & 1897 p.293.

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