Corner of Sharp and Vale Streets Cooma
The first business on this corner was established in 1858 by
Hilton Brothers, and was known as The Australian Stores
and continued to keep this name into P.D. Murphy's time.
The establishment then passed into the hands of
Hall & Dunn followed by a Mr David O'Rourke.
In 1892 Mr W Willmott bought out his partner Mr David O'Rourke
and in October 1900, Mr Willmott retired from the firm Willmott & Co.
and sold his interest to Mr Patrick Dents Murphy
Mr Murphy had joined Willmott & Co. a few months
after Mr David O'Rourke departed.
In 1913 an advertisement for P.D. Murphy indicated
late night shopping saying "9:00pm Saturday
Night would bring down the curtain on its winter sale."
In 1897, first street lamp lit in
Sharp street was outside The Australian Stores