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Sharpe's Penny Pictures


William George Sharpe was born in West Melbourne on 20.12.1889 and moved with his family to Fremantle in 1893. He was educated at South Terrace Primary and Fremantle Boys Schools. He married Beatrice Amy Matthews in 1919 and they had three children. The Sharpes ran a grocery business at 189 Holland Street (now 114) from 1919 until 1950. He also showed silent movies behind the shop. Fremantle Library c1920 photo #1950, with their text.

References and Links

Reece, R. & R. Pascoe 1983, A Place of Consequence: A Pictorial History of Fremantle, FACP.

WA cinemaweb page: George Sharpe began a penny picture show in the backyard of his shop in January 1930. Attendance grew from 70 at the first show to as many as 250 for a Chaplin movie. The fire brigade forced the closure of the show as a fire hazard in 1933. Sunday Times 21 March 1976.

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