No 2 King Street

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2 King Street


No 2 is the narrow building to the right of the black shutters of Hettich

We could not previously date this advertisement, but we have now been able to establish that E C de Gruchy was running a tobacconists and fancy goods shop at 2 King Street in 1905
J Keefe, tobacconist, was at No 2 in the 1880s

The numbering system for King Street has odd numbers on the south side and even on the north, with the single exception of No 2, which was on the south side between Nos 1 and 3. Today all that remains is a doorway and passage through to the Peirson Hotel.

  • 1833 - J Aubin, Chemist and druggist
  • 1880, 1885, 1890 J Keefe tobacconist
  • 1900 W H Bigwood
  • 1905 - Edward de Gruchy
  • 1912 T Perree
  • 1919 H J Pearce
  • 1930, 1940 M Gallie
  • 1945, 1949 A C Gallie, tobacconist

E C de Gruchy

We have now been able to establish who E C de Gruchy, who was running a tobacconist and fancy goods shop at No 2 in 1905, was. He was Edward Capples de Gruchy, born in 1881, the youngest son of George Charles de Gruchy (1848- ) and Jane Esther Noel. His father was a sea captain who became 'Inspector of Foreign Cattle' for the States. Edward emigrated to Canada some time between 1911 and 1914.
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