Price's Grocery

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Price's Grocery
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Town Ballarat
Street SW cnr. Eyre Street and Lyons Street
Known dates 1865-1955
Evidence Building still standing

Price's Grocery was a grocery and wholesale wine and spirit store in Ballarat, <1865-1955>.

Site[edit | edit source]

The shop was on the southwest corner of Eyre Street and Lyons Street.

Background[edit | edit source]

History[edit | edit source]

The grocery store was owned by Evan Price who operated the business on the site from about c.1865. Price received permission from the Mining Board to purchase the block of land in March 1865.[1]

Price died in Geelong in January 1888:

In Geelong on the same day died Evan Price, 67, who made a fortune here during a quarter century of grocery work, at the corner of Lyons and Eyre streets.[2]

In July 1869, tenders were called to build the two storey shop which is still standing:

TENDERS required until noon on Saturday, the 21th inst., for ERECTING TWO-STORY BRICK SHOP AND DWELLING for Mr Evan Price, at the corner of Eyre and Lyons streets. EDWARD JAMES, Architect, Bank Chambers. Tho lowest or any tender not necessarily accepted.[3]

John. G. Linton took over the grocery and wholesale wine and spirit shop in about August 1877 on the south west corner:

NOTICE TO HEADS OF FAMILIES. J. G. LINTON Begs to intimate to residents of Ballarat, Sebastopol, and surrounding districts, that having taken the business of MR E. PRICE, GROCER, AND WHOLESALE WINE AND SPIRIT MERCHANT, Corner of Eyre and Lyons Streets, He will OPEN same on TUESDAY, 14th August, and respectfully solicits their custom. J. G. LINTON has purchased a LARGE and WELL-ASSORTED STOCK, and hopes by attention to business to be able to retain all old customers and also to secure a large share of general patronage.[4]

In June 1955 the business was again offered for sale:

PUBLIC AUCTION. On the Premises. CNR. EYRE AND LYONS STS., Ballarat. VACANT POSSESSION OF 2-STOREY BRICK RESIDENCE. Comprising Double-fronted Shop and Seven-roomed Dwelling. Together with GROCERY, WINE AND SPIRIT BUSINESS. Acting. Under Instructions from the Executors of the Late Margaret Williams, Decd., to Wind Up the Estate. We Offer for Sale the Abovementioned Freehold. Together with Goodwill and Plant of Grocery, Wine and Spirit Business Conducted on the Said Premises. Solicitors for the Estate: Messrs. T. E. Byrne & Co., Lydiard Street South, Ballarat. For. Further Particulars and Inspectlon Apply to the Selling Agents HUGH CORBET, G. L. SCOTT PTY. LTD.. 46 Lydiard Street South, Ballarat. Phone 884, 4057.[5]

The building was offered for sale in July 2019:

The upper storey has two bedrooms, a beautiful formal lounge or drawing room and retains high ceilings, scrolled archways, cornice and ceiling roses and old timber doors...On the ground floor are two more bedrooms, a kitchen and living area. Part of this floor is a large work area with high ceilings, picture rails and tall windows.[6]

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References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1865 'MINING BOARD.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 8 March, p. 2. , viewed 27 Jul 2019,
  2. 1888 'BALLARAT.', Leader (Melbourne, Vic. : 1862 - 1918, 1935), 7 January, p. 32. , viewed 26 Jul 2019,
  3. 1869 'Advertising', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 19 July, p. 3. , viewed 26 Jul 2019,
  4. 1877 'Advertising', The Ballarat Courier (Vic. : 1869 - 1883; 1914 - 1918), 11 September, p. 2. , viewed 26 Jul 2019,
  5. 1955 'Advertising', The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957), 25 June, p. 14. , viewed 26 Jul 2019,
  6. Lim, Ming Haw, 'Ballarat house: former pub with period details and large cellar hits the market',, 24 July 2019,

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