Rochester Street Homebush – Butcher Shop

1 Rochester Street Homebush (corner The Crescent) was built in 1912.  The building is two storey containing a shop on the ground floor and residence above.  In 1912, the premises was leased to butcher Walter Sydney Hales. An advertisement for ‘Walter Hales, family butcher and meat expert and specialist’ features in Wilson’s Authentic Directory of Sydney and Suburbs in 1913, an early street directory of Sydney.

In 1916, the butcher’s licence was transferred to Silverton Meat Company, who then occupied this shop.  This shop continued use as a butcher shop until at least the 1960s. It was later occupied by The Cheesecake Shop and is currently a grocery shop.



  1. The Hales family matriarch was the daughter of Charles Petitt and Carolyn Gorman Begnell. They were in turn descendants of convict families who settled in the Irishtown/Druitt Town or Bankstown Punchbowl Lakemba original farms back as far as 1839.


  2. I began work in the boulevarde strathfield in 1958 at the Paragon meat supply origonally owned by Mr Bob Mckay .Many old stores were in the street such as Dash pharmacy ,Treasure island hand made chocolates and many more however Kearys was definetly he land mark of the town.Istarted as an apprentice then aged 18yr and only recently hung up my knives at age 75 .I still drive down the town sometimes not a lot has changed


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