Northey's General Store, Hill End, NSW

Adrian Paul

Coffs Harbour, Australia

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Northey’s Store is located towards the northern end of Clarke Street,Hill End, in the area which formed part of the busy centre of the town during the 1870s gold boom.

The present building was constructed on this site in 1873.

The store appears to have been operated by Robert Northey over an extended period of time. Robert was born in 1848 in Cornwall, and migrated to Australia aboard the “Lobelia” with his parents and 7 siblings in 1863. Robert built Northey’s Store and operated it until his retirement.

Walter and Betty Warry conducted a mixed business in the shop from around 1925. They supplied the town with fruit, vegetables, smallgoods, cakes etc.

Walter Warry also operated a motor truck service to and from Bathurst carrying goods for his shop as well as chaff, grain and other items for individual customers. The Warrys eventually closed the business and retired to their grazing property “Cannonball”, south west of Hill End.

Bruce and Betty Goodwin purchased the dilapidated building in the late 1950s for £40/-/-. They repaired the building and made it safe.

The property was acquired by the National Parks and Wildlife Service in 1972. From 1974 to 1976 a series of works were done to the building to make it suitable for occupation by the community nurse.

The community nurse occupied the southern shop space and used the accommodation which was developed upstairs.

The northern shop was leased separately to Barbara Kay of Falconbridge for the sale of antique furniture. During the 1980s Malcolm Drinkwater of Hill End operated the Hillend Gold Shoppe from the northern end of the premises.

Today Jim and Gaye Shanahan rent the building and use the northern end for selling their camping supplies etc.

(Source: hillendfamilyhistory.com)

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