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Rochester Street Homebush – Butcher Shop

1 Rochester Street Homebush (corner The Crescent) was built in 1912.  The building is two storey containing a shop on the ground floor and residence above.  In 1912, the premises was leased to butcher Walter Sydney Hales. An advertisement for ‘Walter Hales, family butcher and meat expert and specialist’ features in Wilson’s Authentic Directory of Sydney and Suburbs in 1913, an early street directory of Sydney.

In 1916, the butcher’s licence was transferred to Silverton Meat Company, who then occupied this shop.  This shop continued use as a butcher shop until at least the 1960s. It was later occupied by The Cheesecake Shop and is currently a grocery shop.


4 comments on “Rochester Street Homebush – Butcher Shop

  1. Alex Mackenzie

    Looks like the street tree in place in 1912 is still there today!


  2. Joe Begnell

    The Hales family matriarch was the daughter of Charles Petitt and Carolyn Gorman Begnell. They were in turn descendants of convict families who settled in the Irishtown/Druitt Town or Bankstown Punchbowl Lakemba original farms back as far as 1839.


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