William Henry Mutlow may have arrived in
Australia on the Tropic in 1841.
He announced he
was commencing business as a chemist and druggist in premises in
Melbourne Street opposite Cox's Hotel in East Maitland in April
William John Whitelaw had vacated the rooms to move to
William Mutlow offered a large supply
of perfumery and fancy soaps as well as an 'excellent specific
ointment for scab in sheep. He also kept honey and leeches although
was forced to advertise for these in 1846 when his supplies ran low.
By 1843, he was offering to provide soda water and effervescing
lemonade to publicans and others in Maitland. He had made
arrangements with a first rate manufacturer in Sydney and could
supply both wholesale and retail on liberal terms. Purchasers were
to pay for all bottles with the money to be repaid when the bottles
In 1844 he moved to premises opposite the
Stables of the
Union Inn, near the
Rev. Rusden's residence.
William Mutlow was in the habit of spending time across the road
visiting his good friend
James Cox or Cox's brother- in- law William B. Green on
Sundays as well as other times. Upon returning home at 11pm one
Sunday in April 1846, he discovered his shop had been robbed.
Despite the presence of a fierce dog, the thief had entered after
dark by a front window in Mutlow's living quarters adjoining the
shop. Putting his hand into a pot of melted gum on the way through
the window, he later left marks on whatever he touched. He stole
just a few small items despite having had ample opportunity to take
more. Mr. Mutlow found missing from the till a gold seal and a few
coppers. Lucifer matches and some seidlitz powders were also taken
with the robber leaving his footprint in the garden when he escaped.
In 1847 a friend from Sydney Mr. Youngman was visiting for a
few days and he accompanied William Mutlow on his usual social visit
to William Green at the
George & Dragon one Sunday evening. The men
later became embroiled in a court case that kept the town interested
for days when
Constables Rushton, Hood and Thrudgate accused
Mr. Green of keeping his house open for the sale of liquor on a
Sunday. The Greens, James Cox and William Mutlow complained to
Edward Denny Day the next day charging the
constables with exceeding their duty.
The constable's heavy
handed attitude towards the otherwise law abiding townsfolk had
caused quite a stir and William Mutlow was called on
to testify. He stated that he had often consumed liquor without
paying at Greens public house when asked and at other times had paid
for his liquor. When the constables entered on this occasion he had
been given a glass of ginger beer with brandy in it by Mrs. Green
and had not paid for it. The case against the Greens was dismissed
by the Bench for want of evidence
By July 1847, William
Mutlow had decided to retire from business in Maitland. He disposed
of the whole of his stock in trade to
Charles Vavasour Earle and hoped his customers would
continue to favour his successor.
In the 1850's he can be
found in the Armidale district working on
Europambela a station in the area and in 1858 he was employed as
dispenser at the Armidale hospital.
William Henry Mutlow
married Mary Ann Brazier at Armidale in 1859. He owned a chemist
shop and also resided in Beardy Street Armidale. The Australian Town
and Country Journal published a brief history of the business in
1904 - The origin of
Mr. B. Weaver's Chemist and Stationer Business
goes back as far as 1848. Then it was founded by a Mr. Furnifull. It
was afterwards taken over by the late Mr. W.H. Mutlow, with whom the
present proprietor served his time. In 1881, the latter was taken
into partnership, the title of the firm being Mutlow and Weaver.
This continued for eight years when Mr. Weaver took the business
over altogether. Entering his shop, which, by the bye, extends 50
feet back, one cannot but be impressed by its handsome appearance.
The fittings which are by S. Lester, Sydney and which cost 450, are
not to be surpassed in any chemist's shop in the metropolis. All the
bottles and pots, of which Mr. Weaver informs me he has the largest
stock of any retail chemist in the State, are imported direct from
the Whitall Tatum Company, New York. The firm's Sheep drench is well
known all over the Commonwealth.
Mary Anne Mutlow (nee Brazier) died in 1892 at Gladesville hospital,
Sydney. William Henry lived in the district until his death in 1900.
Beardy Street, Armidale (looking west)
Notes & Links:
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William Henry Mutlow of Armidale at