The Garnett Family Grocery Store

Saturday 28 August 2021, 2.30pm

The Garnett Family Grocery Store

GROWING up in a small family shop is similar to being raised on a farm: every member has chores from an early age—and while there are few breaks from the business, there are life lessons to be learned galore.

The Garnett Family Grocery Store was at 152 James St for around 84 years—and this is to be the topic of the talk by both Ross and Desley Garnett at our August meeting, following the AGM formalities.

“A new house on the block adjoining where the old shop stood at James St has been called ‘Garnett on James’, which ensures that the name lives on,” said Desley.

After leaving school, Ross worked with his parents in the shop—and he will share yarns not only about life behind the counter, but also on the delivery bike all over the suburb.

The meeting (to be recorded) is to take place at the Uniting Church Centre, 52 Merthyr Rd, at 2.30pm on Saturday, 28 August. Afternoon tea is included. All are welcome. Entry: $5 (members $4).

2 thoughts on “The Garnett Family Grocery Store”

  1. How I wish I had been at this presentation! Have just read my mother’s journal and she was born next door to Garnetts Shop and her mother’s parents were good friends of Mrs Garnett. She was born in 1908.

  2. New Farm Bubonic Plague Outbreak. Case 1, G.A.,(Arthur Garnett) aged 14, a schoolboy residing with his father, a general storekeeper and produce merchant, James Street, Kingsholme, New Farm, ill 2 days previous to admission to Brisbane General Children’s Hospital on 16 January with cerebral symptoms; a brother of Case 1 died in the Children’s Hospital on 13 January with symptoms of cerebro-spinal meningitis; the produce sold at this store was obtained from a produce store in the city, where 4 plague infected rats were obtained 20-23 Dec 1906. cit Report of Health Dept. Percy is registered as dying 16 January 1907 so the report is a few days out

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