Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Cornish Contractor Built a Reputation

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Cornish Contractor Built a Reputation

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THE death of an old resident of Ipswich took place on 23rd August 1892. He was Mr William Hancock, 69 years, who had lived in "Cornubia", his home in Murphy St, Denmark Hill (No. 13).

Mr Hancock, a native of Cornwall England, landed in Sydney on 10th May 1855 on the ship "John Davies".

Coming to the northern area of what was still part of NSW, he settled in Ipswich and took part in the erection of the residence "Rockton Villa, Limestone Hill". This set him on the path to becoming a contractor and many buildings in Ipswich were monuments to his abilities as a builder.

Among those buildings was "Booval House" for Mr George Faircloth the manager of the Bank of Australasia, the Masonic Hall which stood at the cnr. of Brisbane Rd and Thorn /street, the Lands Office in East St, the Congregational Church, Brisbane St (in the area now occupied by Coles) etc. etc. In 1866 he built "Orangefield" in Salisbury rd.

Mr Hancock relinquished his contracting business prior to taking over the soap works on the other side of the One Mile bridge form Mr G e Meyer (Messrs Meyer & Isambert bros) who owned grape vines and also sold the wine made from the grapes. This soap works had commenced its operations in 1866. Soap was a necessity and the Isambert Brothers with Mr Hancock noted its importance to the general public.

Mr Hancock carried on the business here for some time, but later had moved the factory to Churchill. The soap works was later purchased by Henry Tivoli Hooper and was carried on under the name of H T Hooper & Co.

The funeral of Mr William Hancock was one of the largest to have been seen in this town. He left a widow and 2 married daughters.


On Monday April 8 1876 the Bank of New South wales celebrated 50 years of business in Queensland and to celebrate the occasion staff members were given a holiday on that day.

The Banks Queensland offices were operation a Brisbane, Ipswich, Toowoomba, Warwick, Roma, Rockhampton, Bowen and Townsville. …

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