Roy Hanson: My Toowong Business
In about 1947 Roy Hanson rented premises in High Street, Toowong and opened an electrical retailing business. This is his story:
I rented a shop off Miss Brownsdon and ran my business from here. It was an electrical retailing store, selling small appliances such as irons, toasters and stuff like that.
I also did electrical installations — doing light switches, household electrical repairs and wiring etc. The store was more a shopfront than a store, really — an electrical shopfront — and was more of a storeroom than a shop.
I don’t remember much about who else lived along that part of the street as it was so long ago. I don’t remember Miss Brown’s Kindergarten at all, so may be she had retired by then.
I did electrical work in the suburbs, particularly around the western suburbs. I remember I had a Morris Z utility and I went along to my jobs in this. Getting it up what is known as ‘Government Hill’ was difficult because it was so steep, and we went up it backwards!
I don’t have a lot of memories about the time because I was only there for a couple of years, and then I moved.
Thank you to Roy for this contribution given on 15 November, 2009