Friday, 6 January 2017

Ghost signs from the other side of the world

Now this picture started me off on a journey.

A friend sent it over this morning from Hobart in Australia with the caption “ghost sign, Hobart”and with little to do I went looking for H T Goulds and Co.

I had expected I would draw a blank or at best discover that the firm had long ago closed for business.

But not so.  H T Goulds and Co had been serving the residents of Hobart from 1881 and are still in business just a few doors down the road from the sign.

All of which raises the question of whether this really is a ghost sign or a shrewd piece of advertising to which I do not know.

So instead I shall concentrate on the business which has been dispensing homeopathetic medicine the late 19th century.

According to one source, "Goulds Naturopathica has a very long history in Hobart. Originally established in the late 1800's, and moved to it's current site nearly 100 years ago, it has become a Hobart institution.

The Homœopathic Pharmacy was originally established in Elizabeth St by Mr F. Styant Browne in 1878. 

Also around this time Dr Harry Benjafield took over a homeopathic practice in Davey Street. Dr Benjafield was passionate about making homeopathy affordable for all, and frequently treated patients for free during the depression in the 1890s. 

Henry Gould came to Tasmania in 1881 after studying pharmacy at the Westminster College of Pharmacy in England, and was registered as a chemist in the same year. 

He joined the practice of Dr Benjafield as his dispensing chemist. Benjafield and Gould were instrumental in the formation of the Hobart Homeopathic Hospital which was opened on Cascade Road in 1899. 

In 1903 Gould took over ownership of Mr Styant Browne’s homoeopathic pharmacy (which was on the corner of Elizabeth and Bathurst Streets). 

When the lease expired in 1914 it was moved to its current location at 73 Liverpool St and opened on December 4th of that year.*

So there you have it.

Location; Hobart

Picture; sign for H T Goulds, 2017


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