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FitzGeralds/7/Stores.a

User: FitzGeralds Stores (later G. P. FitzGerald Co Ltd.)

 

Department Store

 

Address: 71 Collins St, Hobart, TAS.

 

Revenue Use:

 

Last LSD Series (no wmk) 1d, 2d, 3d.

 

1966 2c, 2c (inverted overprint), 3c, 5c.

 

Rarity Scale:

 

Last LSD Series (no wmk) 1d R2, 2d R2, 3d R2.

 

1966 2c R2, 2c (inverted overprint) R4, 3c R2, 5c R2.

 

Background: *1 *2 *3 George Fitzgerald (some sources FitzGerald) was born in Hobart in February 1843. After completing his education at the local Hutchin's School and gaining some working experience he moved to Sydney in 1862 to work with the drapers Farmer and Co. He prospered and by 1874 at just 31 he was made a junior partner. In May 1881 he returned to Hobart and he established an agency for Robert Gray & Co., wholesale merchants.

Later Fitzgerald purchased the business and by 1892 he developed it into a retail store in Hobart but later expanded into a chain of stores which also included branches in Burnie, Ulverstone, Devonport, Launceston, New Norfolk and Moonah making it one of the State's largest retail chains.

The company existed as G.P. Fitzgerald and Co. Ltd until it was taken over in 1981 by Charles Davis Ltd - Venture Stores, however when the Venture Department store chain collapsed in 1994 Fitzgerald’s acquired the stores at Devonport and Ulverstone. They also briefly operated a store at Forrest Hill in Melbourne but this was rebadged as Harris Scarfe, which had also been taken over by the Charles David Ltd. All the Fitzgerald’s stores were ultimately closed or rebadged as Harris Scarfe.

 

Fitzgerald was also a founding director of the Cascade Brewery and he was active in politics being elected to the Tasmanian House of Assembly (M.H.A) for West Hobart in 1886 and was a parliamentary Minister from 1888 until May 1891, when he was defeated. He died in March 1917.

Fitzgerald Hobart

Device: Printed. 7 in the overprint can move about left to right. Also seen without '7' on 2d.

 

Related patterns: Refer to other patterns in:

 

Other - Section 2 Commercial Overprints. 

 

TAS: G.P.F./CO.a

 

*1 Australian Dictionary of Biography

 

*2 auspostalhistory.com

 

*3 Wikipedia

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