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William Pearse's Butcher Shop

Town Lot 424, 61-63 High St, cnr Pakenham St, 1850s. Photo taken 1870s by Stephen Stout.


William Pearse's butcher shop dating from 1850s, was a Georgian style two storey building with she-oak shingled roof ... . It was updated with a cgi roof and verandahs c1870s, before being demolished c1906 to make way for [Central Chambers]. Heritage Council.

Hitchcock (1919) writes that this was the business of W.S. and G. Pearse. I assume that they were the brothers (William) Silas and George (born 1838 and 1839) sons of the first William Silas Pearse (1808-1866). Hitchcock also tells us that the butcher's shop was next door to W.S. Pearse's private house, so it would be the building above, on the extreme left of the photograph.


This is the building now on the site.



Corner of Pakenham and High Sts c. 1905. FHC image #578. Looking East along High Street from the Pakenham Street corner. The Town Hall is in the centre left background, with, on the right: J.A. Hicks & Co. (No. 81-83, later the Wyola Club), W.J.Beisley, hairdresser and tobacconist, Manchester Dye Works, M. & F. Hamer Newsagency and J. & L. Baker, Butchers. The road is closed due to the laying of tram lines for which the jarrah blocks (6" by 3" by 5"") which made up the road bed were lifted. Fremantle Library.

I believe the building on the extreme right hand side of the 1905 photo may be Pearse's 1850s one, as it was not demolished until 1906, and is of two stories, and is a butcher's shop.

Heritage Council:
Two storey building on corner site with single storey at rear onto Pakenham Street. There is a highly decorative first floor fa├žade featuring 'Central Chambers' in stucco, a parapet with balustrade and five highly decorative pediments. The pilastered and stucco arched windows have decorative stucco above and engaged low piers below. There is an original entrance between the shops with stained glass leadlight sidelights and French doors between. The awning over the ground floor shop fronts are not original.

References and Links

Hitchcock, J.K. 1919, 'Early Days of Fremantle: High Street 50 Years Ago', Fremantle Times, series of articles on 'Early Days' publ. March-June.

Hutchison, David, Fremantle Walks.

Heritage Council.

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