McGeary’s Butcher Shop ca. 1874
(Photo: Rosewood Scrub Historical Society)

This list of butchers may be incomplete. The dates shown are the approximate times they worked in Rosewood.

Henry McGeary 1876 – 1893
Edward Boughen 1886
Walter Bros. 1888
M. O’Sullivan 1892
Mrs. J. McGeary 1894 -1900
J. P. Simmonds 1895 – 1903
J. O’Sullivan & Pedrazzini 1897
William James Hodge 1901 – 1906
H. G. McGeary & White 1901 – 1911
Francis Pedrazzini 1903
Robert Elliott 1907 – 1908
James Simmonds jnr 1909 -1912
F. A. Kingston 1911 -1924

McGeary & Grant 1912 – 1954 – ? (Henry George McGeary till c.1939 then Gordon McGeary)
Memory from Donald DesJardins
They used to deliver by horse drawn dray driven by one of the Elliots, delivered meat between Rosewood & Grandchester.

F. Bignell 1924 -1925
O’Shea Bros 1924 – 1933
C. Wass 1924 – 1937
M. Carmody 1928 – 1933
Bonney & Son 1936 -1938
C. Morrison & Sons 1937-1942
Roy Morrision 1947 – 1962  (lived in Mill Street)
Eric Crawford 1963 (Morrison’s)
Pat Cameron (Morrison’s then Walker’s 1962)

Alton Walker 1962 –      (George Schmitt was the slaughterman for Walkers)
Memory from Narelle Walker
My parents bought this business off Mr Morrison in 1962. Many of the kids of the day would bring newspapers to the shop, Dad would weigh them & the kids would get paid by the pound. The papers would then be brought home where the Walker kids would have to sort & spread said papers….the days when the meat was wrapped in paper & tied with string. Does anyone here remember doing that or getting their own little meat parcel containing a sausage?

Franklins Butchers (Stan, Len, Fred) 1960s 1970s
Memories from the Facebook page.
Stan & Theresa worked together in the shop which included the two shops next to the paper shop. [Stephen Clark]

This sign in Stan’s butcher shop is such a memory, ‘Please to meet you and meat to please you’. [Thel Jacobs]

Have memories of going to the butcher shop with mum – the large wooden chopping block took pride of place in the centre of the shop; a sign saying ‘No Expectorating’, the friendly butchers in their blue and white striped aprons. [Rita Mary Langan]

Many people couldn’t afford the basics and they carried them through the miner’s strike. I remember as clear as day. [Mary Willett]

Researched and Compiled by Jane Schy