Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Progress Continues Apace in City; Business Flourishes as New Inventions Improve Lives

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Progress Continues Apace in City; Business Flourishes as New Inventions Improve Lives

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BERYL JOHNSTON

IPSWICH was home to Graziers Butchering Co and Mr J.V. Francis was managing partner here for 25 years.

In 1902, he started his own butchering business. At that time, it employed 15 assistants.

By 1910, he was the proprietor of five butchering businesses, a slaughterhouse, a fellmongery (preparing hides for leather) and he employed 50 assistants.

The fellmongery was established on Mr Francis's slaughter yard at Warree Creek.

Since Mr Francis commenced his own business, it had broadened and extensions were made. He had a chilling room, three shops and a small goods factory. Each of his establishments was a model of cleanliness and he used all modern, hygienic practices.

In addition to his business empire, his various enterprises included bone-dust; fertiliser (which had no equal on the market and was cheaper than any other), small goods, neatsfoot oil and miners tallow.

It was said of Mr Francis: "If all this splendid progress can be made in less than a decade, the future would hold much in store for this man, and the enlargement and widening of his operations would only be limited by the field of his efforts."

Snatches Of History: First Town Clerk

The first town clerk of Ipswich was Mr E.B. Cullen. His salary was fixed at 200 pounds a year for "keeping the books, conducting the correspondence, collecting rates etc".

Mr Cullen later became under secretary to the treasury and had an honourable career in the civil service.

Toll Gates

The erection of toll gates as a means of revenue raising was contemplated at one period in our history. On August 2, 1860, Alderman Thompson moved the motion: "That toll-gates be erected at the One Mile Bridge, in East St, near the courthouse, and in Brisbane St and Limestone Hill.

It would seem this suggestion was never carried out. …

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