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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.

I cannot yet confirm if this was the same William Pearse (1808-1866) who was the patriarch of an significant Fremantle family. It is known that his eldest son Silas had a butchery.


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. FHC.

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.

References and Links

Hutchison, David, Fremantle Walks.

Heritage Council.

Garry Gillard | New: 15 July, 2017 | Now: 7 November, 2019