Several of the Ancestors were connected with stores in one way or another. William Craine who emigrated from the Isle of Man in 1862 was a watchmaker. They had a small shopfront in the main street of Linton Victoria where from the front daughter Lottie Isabel sold sweets and soft drinks. In this photo it is the un named store in the foreground. (photo courtesy of the Linton Historical Society)Eastwood’s store in Minyip has no family connections. It is the earliest photo I have of a business in that township, and as the photographer left the area in 1898 it would be around that time or earlier this photo was taken. Mr Eastwood sold this business to Andrew Phillips in 1907. The building was destroyed by fire in 1947.
William Craine’s son Phillip spent his working life in general stores – this photo has him, 2nd from left, and other staff outside Melbourne Cash Stores in Collingwood, probably in the early 1900’s. One is probably the owner J. Brake. Cash in those days meant that no accounts would be held, and stores like this were common throughout the country.
From Melbourne Phillip Craine moved to Minyip, the home town of his wife Ann Boyd. Here he was employed by Mr Andrew Phillips and managed the Grocery department. There are three photos I have of the Phillips store. The earliest shows a modest building covering the basics of life – groceries, drapery and iron goods. I love that the photographer captures a dog too in this photo. I wonder if it belonged to the store. In the next photo you can see how Andrew Phillips prospered with considerable extension to the building. He was known to have made several trips overseas (perhaps combining business with pleasure), and it was on his return from one of these voyages in 1916 that he fell off a train south of Sydney and was killed.Phillip Craine’s son in law Roy Penny also worked in retail outlets. His first job as a teenager was in Drapery department in the Don stores in Minyip. Even as an old man he always had a discerning eye for fabric and colour in clothing.
Eventually he and his older brother Hal went into business together in the town establishing a Newsagent, Grocery and Fancy Goods Store. Later they we joined by a younger brother Alex, and the business continued in several different buildings until the early eighties. After being burnt out in 1938 I believe for a time they ran their business from Andrew Phillips store, the three brothers are pictured outside.And this building was where their business flourished for many years. Today it houses the Pharmacy in a town which has diminished in size considerably.
Many of the photos in the little brown suitcase bear the stamp of a photographer J.L Discaciati (pron diskachatty) of Warracknabeal, or Discaciati & Co.On a recent visit to Warracknabeal we went in search of his building as many of the school and sporting team photos of the fifties were also taken in the Discaciati studio. This is all we could find.
and I hope the eagle eyed of my readers have found the men with their hands in their pockets.