Sepia photograph featuring James Phillips in the doorway of his store 'J. Phillips Hardwareman', at 49 Victoria Street Abbotsford between about 1865 and 1870. He is holding one of his daughters (either Mary, born 1862, Amelia, born 1866 or Milly, born 1868). It is likely that the photograph was taken when the business first opened to mark the occasion, so may be closer to 1865.

James came out to Melbourne from London with his wife and two children, and set up shop at 49 Victoria Street, Abbotsford in 1865, after plans to find gold were fruitless. He later had four more children. The store dealt with china and glass which was hired out for picnics, as well as operating as an ironmonger. James Phillips found success in this business, later owning the store and a house at 52 Victoria Road, Hawthorn. In 1872 he built a shop with a residence on the second floor next door at 51 Victoria St Abbotsford. According to family, James died in 1894 and his wife Mary died in 1896.

Photograph collected as part of Melbourne's Biggest Family Album in 2006.

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Hardware shop owner in the doorway of his store, holding infant daughter. Shop windows display a range of household goods.

Physical Description

Digital image file, copied from original sepia print.

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