W. Marsh and Co.

The Ipswich Nursery located at the corner of Thorn and Short Streets opened for business in 1891. William Marsh and his brother were proprietors who resided on the property. The nursery was established on 2 allotments (about ¾ acre or 3035 square meters) with a large nursery building....

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Ghosts of a Christmas past

Christmas time in Ipswich in 1917 was far from uneventful although it was somewhat subdued. It was the 4th Christmas since war broke out and many local men were away from home soldiering in Europe. Christmas cards were being sent and received by loved ones in the trenches....

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A Very Hammy Christmas!

As you battle the shops in the lead-up to Christmas this year, spare a thought for customers in days gone by who also experienced pressure to provide traditional Christmas items for their families. One business in the local area that experienced a high demand during the Christmas period...

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Mr Isaac Ham of Ipswich

Isaac Ham was a very civic-minded person. He became Mayor of Ipswich in 1905, serving as alderman from 1903-1906. In 1914 he was elected again and served until 1920. Isaac served as a magistrate in the Ipswich Police Court sitting on the bench to grant slaughtering or auctioneer’s...

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Save the Date!

Before the era of mass-produced celebrity and themed-calendars, many businesses produced promotional calendars for their customers.  On Picture Ipswich we are fortunate enough to have digitised copies of calendars from several local businesses, including W.V. Hefferan (The Australian Shopkeeper) and T.D. Johnson (General Shopkeeper). Though not locally born,...

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100 years ago this week …

A century ago the third Battle of Ypres was in full swing, with Australian soldiers in action at Polygon Wood, Broodseinde Ridge and Passchendaele. Private Waterman Alexander Brown of Ipswich, and Private Norman Blank of Esk – members of the 25th Battalion A.I.F. were wounded on Thursday 4...

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American Servicemen in Ipswich

On 3 September, 1939 Australia’s Prime Minister, Robert Gordon Menzies, stoically announced Australia’s entry into the Second World War with a nationwide radio announcement.  After the bombing of Pearl Harbour in December 1941, the Americans declared war on Japan.  When Singapore fell to the Japanese in early 1942,...

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Abattoirs and butcher shops of Ipswich – almost a thing of the past

Churchill Abattoir also known as Ipswich abattoir is closing at the end of September 2017. It is currently the largest domestic abattoir in Australia. The closure may prove to be temporary however it is a significant moment for its 500 employees, and an historic one for Ipswich. The...

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Ipswich School of Arts

Soon after settlers arrived and 10 years before Ipswich became a municipality in 1860, a School of Arts was proposed in town thus proving that the people of Ipswich have always valued books & reading. This institution has evolved through a number of name changes and locations but...

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