A blast from the past

FLASHBACK: A. J. Macgrath was located on the corner of Commercial Road and Church Street.
FLASHBACK: A. J. Macgrath was located on the corner of Commercial Road and Church Street.

DOWN THE STREET, Commercial Road, December 21, 1900

Port Augusta Dispatch, Newcastle and Flinders Chronicle.

Only need to take a walk down Commercial Road to be made aware that some unusual festive season is close at hand.

We can promise our country readers plenty of entertainment nightly in our pretty well-lit town especially during the Christmas and New Year’s Eves.

Commercial Road is as a delightful promenade as any in the colony.

And of the shops. What of the shops?

Firstly, there is YOUNG AND GORDON’S shops well lit and pleasing to the eye, where the show of toys, dolls, Xmas cards, and articles suitable for Xmas and New Year Gifts. Fry and Son’s fancy boxes of chocolates. Young and Gordon are introducing several new tonic Beverages – Snowy Champagne and Ginger Stout, in addition to Buxton and Lion Tonic Ales.

We can not enumerate the very large display of ladies’ goods in their showrooms. In the boot line Mr Muir will give you the best possible value and the largest stock in Port Augusta, at Adelaide prices.

Then comes the drapery establishment of W. SYMONDS The showroom will be found replete with all the most fashionable and up-to-date goods of the season : ladies and children’s millinery, underclothing, blouses, laces ribbons.

There also will be found beautiful Japanese trays, cabinets, cups and saucers, photo frames and curios of all kinds. The doll show is immense and dolls of all kinds and prices. The gent’s hat, clothing, shirt and tie department is also not forgotten, the taste and fancies of all, however particular, can be pleased and satisfied.

The new business, recently established in Port Augusta is conducted by A. J. MAGRATH (pictured). His store is on the corner of Commercial Road and Church Street.

He reports being well stocked in all Christmas Requisites and promises to supply every demand in ironmongery and grocery at “unheard of” prices in Port Augusta.

The pharmacy of A. E. CARRIG is well fitted up, and carries a large stock of patent medicines, drugs and chemicals.

Also hair brushes and tooth brushes, he has a choice of perfumery, soaps and all toilet requisites. Indeed you can procure at A. E. Carrig’s all and every article kept in a first class pharmacy.


Before giving a call to

W. BRITTEN at The Flinders Hotel

Mrs WILLIAMS at The Great Northern Hotel


W. P. MULLENS at The Port Augusta

Who – all three will be glad to see you and treat you well –

“Yes ; they have ale, they have wine, they have porter

To make your anguish shorter;

And your thirst, at the worst

They can quench without cold water”

FRED CHRISTOPERSON opposite the Bank of Adelaide will cut your hair and shave you. He keeps every description of smoker’s comforts and will treat you with civility when you call.

If it’s Christmas beef or sausages you’re wanting, go to C. J. ZIESING butcher, who they say is a General Provider. He is prepared to supply first class Christmas beef, and suet chopped if preferred.

Go to Ziesing’s for your picnic requirements, also your Christmas geese, turkeys, ducks and fowls. He will also dress them for you and guarantee cleanliness.