Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Crestview, Albion Park.

John Hubert Plunkett Hobbs leased this residence in Terry Street, Albion Park, ‘Crestview’, from James Walker, when he moved to Albion Park about 1890. John was a chemist and druggist and he opened his shop in the northern front room of the building, set apart from the residence.

John’s wife, Emily Susan Hobbs purchased the property from James Walker in 1920.

Local identity Bert Weston wrote in his book 'Albion Park Saga' that Hobbs was the unofficial medicine man, often attending the sick in times of emergency, setting broken bones and extracting teeth.

Mr Hobbs died in 1926 and his wife Emily in 1938.

‘Crestview’ later became the home of Thelma and Ray O’Gorman.

Chemist shop and home of John Hobbs at Albion Park
'Crestview' in the 1920's. Hobbs' Chemist Shop was entered by the steps at the front.
Shellharbour Images, Shellharbour City Libraries.

Former home of Ray & Thelma O'Gorman, Albion Park
'Crestview' in the 1980's.
Shellharbour Images, Shellharbour City Libraries.

Thelma and Ray O'Gorman
Thelma and Ray O'Gorman at 'Crestview' in the 1950's.
Shellharbour Images, Shellharbour City Libraries.

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