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‘Vickery's Buildings’


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80-84 Pitt St, Sydney


Built-  1864  Demolished-


Victorian Mannerist


Rendered brick Stone


Christopher Newton Brother & Co Warehousemen

Address: ‘Vickery's Buildings’ 80-84 Pitt St, Sydney, NSW

Background: *The company Christopher Newton, Brothers (some sources say Brother) and Co, started as a small retail drapery run by Christopher Newton, but he was soon joined by his brother Thomas Newton, and from around 1850 they operated out of premises in the ‘Beehive’ in Pitt St trading as ‘Newton Brothers’.

In the early 1860’s Thomas died and Christopher embarked on an expansion moving to larger premises in Pitt St and importing large amounts of stock from England. Initially the company flourished however in 1867 it encountered financial troubles and had to be restructured and during this difficult period Christopher faithfully met his obligations to his, mainly English, creditors. Initial with part payment but later in 1881 all monies owing were paid in full.

Newton returned to England in 1884 but died there in October 1885 aged 68. The company continued to be run by his sons, John, Christopher (junior), Sydney, William and J E Daly. The fact that the brothers all worked in the company gives support to the name being more likely ‘Christopher Newton, Brothers and Co’.

The company occupied the ‘Vickery’s Buildings’ in Pitt St from 1867.

In 1893 the company again encountered financial problems and they closed their doors in March 1893.