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The Wine Store


A building on one corner of George and Hubble Street I have arbitarily decided to call the Wine Store, as that's what it was called for many years during my lifetime. I don't know who the first owner was, when it was built in 1905 (as it states on the pediment). It was known as Lacey's Store in 1919, but I can't call it that, as I've given that name to the building diagonally opposite.

The premises at 44 Hubble Street were also known as 'Lacey's Store'. Matilda Drummond had started up a store there, and married George Lacey, so it became known as his store, under patriarchy. But then he died in 1909. She continued with the first 'Lacey's Store' until 1912. It was then that she perhaps sold 44 Hubble Street and moved across the road to 48 George Street - because in 1919 that's where 'Lacey's Store' was.


Until 1919 Matilda Lacey had liquor licences in respect of the shop at 48 George Street East Fremantle (which is diagonally opposite 44 Hubble Street) - which was known as 'Lacey's Store'. The West Australian of 21 November 1919 carried notices that she was transferring both 'gallon' and 'wine' licences to Alfred Marie, her nephew.

Town of East Fremantle heritage notes

No 48 George Street is a single storey building constructed of limestone and rendered masonry with corrugated iron roofs in the Federation Free Classical style. The place has historic and aesthetic value with its contribution to Plympton's high concentration of worker’s cottages and associated buildings. It contributes to the local community’s sense of place.
The place has considerable heritage value for its intrinsic aesthetic value as a Federation Free Classical style shop and restaurant. It retains a moderate to high degree of authenticity and a moderate to high degree of integrity. It makes a strong visual contribution to the George Street precinct.
The rear additions have no significance.
No 48 George Street has exceptional aesthetic value as a fine example of Federation Free Classical style shop and restaurant. The place has been restyled and has retained its key characteristic features of the original style.
No 48 George Street has considerable historic value. It was part of the suburban residential development associated with the expansion of East Fremantle during the Goldrush period of the 1880s and 1890s.
No 48 George Street has considerable social value. It is associated with a significant area of worker’s cottages and the George Street precinct which contributes to the community's sense of place.
Plympton is a cohesive precinct where most of the places were constructed in the late nineteenth century and the first quarter of the twentieth century. It is comprised primarily of homes for workers and their families with a high concentration of small lots with timber, brick and stone cottages.
Commercial premises were established on Canning Highway and George Street. The George Street commercial strip developed within a decade of the residential development in surrounding streets.
No 48 George Street is a fine example of a shop and restaurant in the Federation Free Classical style.
Physical Description
Stone Section: Victorian Victorian Georgian
Corner Section: Federation Federation Free Classical
No 48 George Street is a fine single storey shop and restaurant that was constructed in two phases. It is constructed of limestone and brick on the west side and rendered masonry on the east side. There are several corrugated iron roofs to the building. The roofs are mainly skillion with one located behind a masonry parapet wall. A 'M' format roof addresses a section of George Street. The front elevation of the stone building is asymmetrically planned. A door on the west side is flanked by a pair of single pane double hug sashes to the east. All openings have brick quoins. The restaurant spans from the corner building down Hubble Street. Entrances are located on the street corner and on Hubble Street. The Hubble street facade features windows under a skillion roofed verandah. The verandah wraps around the corner and spans a portion of the George Street facade. Above the verandah there are panelled parapets with a pediment on the corner. The parapet is divided in plan by piers and in recent times

References, Links, Acknowledgements

I am very grateful to Christine Hearne for information about her family, including Matilda Drummond.

Streets of East Freo, site by Museum of Perth.

See also: East Fremantle historical photos

Garry Gillard | New: 5 March, 2016 | Now: 9 November, 2019