Genealogy Sunshine Coast
James Thomas Lowe, the Woombye butcher, delivered meat to Palmwoods in the very early 1900s. Then, from 1908-16, according to post office directories, Charles Morrison, formerly of Mooloolah, became the local butcher, employing Bill Watt as assistant, but the site of the shop Mr Morrison opened on March 3, 1905, has not been confirmed.
Later that year, in October 1905, mention is made of a new butcher shop near the station for Mr Morrison, to be opened in November 1905.
William George Hobson arrived in Palmwoods in 1916. He bought Morrison & Co’s butchery in April of the same year and employed Mr Watt as a slaughterman. Mr Hobson’s children attended school in Palmwoods between 1916 and 1928.
In the early days meat was packed in sugar bags and transported to Palmwoods railway station in a buckboard for delivery by train to Eudlo and Mooloolah stations, to Landsborough station to be picked up for Caloundra, and to Beerwah station to go to Peachester.
Advertisements from September-December 1921 gave a comprehensive price list that included rump steak at 9 pence a pound, rib roast 6 pence a pound, legs of mutton 8 pence a pound, pork 1 shilling a pound and mince 5 pence a pound.
In 1924 the Nambour Chronicle advertised “W. Hobson, family, carcass butcher specialising in corned beef (phone No.6)”, and in 1926 boasted “Country orders receive prompt attention”.
Young Harry Hobson delivered meat on horseback early mornings on his way to school. Both Harry and his brother Cecil went to work for their father after leaving school in the late 1920s.
Meat was also delivered up the Razorback Road to Montville, which remains today a much quicker route than Montville-Palmwoods Rd.
About 1932-33, the Hobsons moved their business up Main St opposite the Memorial Hall when Steve Hobson built three new shops on the site of the old Barber residence, so William probably was pleased to move his business into a brand new shop.
From Take a Walk Around Palmwoods, written by Carolyn Slade and Wendy McMullin.
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