Thomas’ Drapery Store

This 1926 largely intact building in the Federation Free Style is a fine example of a large regional shop dating from the early 20th Century. The Thomas family operated a drapery business from here for 80 years, an increasingly rare example of a business being passed on through several generations of the one family. Notable is the rare use of the owner’s name within the paving at the entry door. Thomas took over the business from his employer in 1909. The original building was burnt to the ground on Boxing Day in 1925 by three arsonists.