English, Photograph edition: Mrs Mary Mason's fish and poultry shop on the NW corner of Toorak Road and Great Davis Street

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Mrs Mary Mason's fish and poultry shop on the NW corner of Toorak Road and Great Davis Street
 
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Physical Description
  • Archival Item
  • Graphic materials
  • Image
Published
  • c1906
Language
  • English

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Title
  • Mrs Mary Mason's fish and poultry shop on the NW corner of Toorak Road and Great Davis Street
Published
  • c1906
Physical Description
  • Archival Item
  • Graphic materials
  • Image
Part Of
  • Prahran Collections
Subjects
Date or Place
  • Toorak Road, 132, South Yarra
  • Great Davis Street
Summary
  • MRS M MASON
  • Black and white photoprint of Mrs Mary Mason's fish and poultry shop on the NW corner of Toorak Road and Great Davis Street.
  • The Melbourne directories show Mrs Mary Mason as running this business until 1905, after which time Arthur Mason is listed as the fishmonger at 132 Toorak Road, with Mary shown at No. 130 as a caterer. In the ten years prior to this, there is no listing of Arthur, so the exact nature of his relation to Mary is not clear - perhaps father-in-law or brother-in-law, or maybe a husband who had been out of Melbourne for whatever reason. Or perhaps Arthur was her son - a check of the Victorian births, deaths and marriages to 1888 reveals 4 Arthur Masons whose mother's name was Mary. The image was published in 'City of Prahran jubilee history and illustrated handbook: South Yarra, Toorak, Malvern, etc', Melbourne: Periodicals Publishing Company, 1906 p.134. Notes can be located to accompany most of the photos by consulting the indexes at the front of the book; some of these notes are quite detailed, though the tone is usually self-congratulatory, suggesting that inclusion may have been by subscription. Curiously, the notes refer only to Mary Mason, not to Arthur. For a photo of the two-storey brick shop that replaced this, refer #7265.
  • [transcript of notes]
  • The fish and poultry shop of Mrs Mason in Toorak Road, South Yarra, is a well known landmark. The best of game is always kept on hand, and on account of a freezing chamber being on the premises, the freshness is guaranteed. Considerable attention is also given to the variety of fish desired by the public, the proprietor recognising that the surest way to prevent people going into to town to purchase is always to have the pick of the market for sale on the spot. Families are waited on whenever desired and orders taken. An inspection, too, is eagerly solicited.
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  • According to the Australian Copyright Council, copyright has expired in photos taken prior to 1 January 1955. For photos taken after that date, copyright persists for the life of the creator plus 70 years.
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Language
  • English
Identifier
  • PH7266

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