moving on – house sale in 1927 SydneyPosted: July 3, 2012
You can glean social history snippets from sale notices in old newspapers. Take this auction notice in the Sydney Morning Herald of 6 August 1927. Seven years before his death, Mr William John Laws was selling the contents of his home in Croydon, a suburb of Sydney to which he and his family had moved around 20 years previously. Laws was a business man who built up his fortunes based on a successful real estate and auction business in Balmain. He also served a term as Mayor of Balmain in 1908 and was an Alderman on that Council for some years. His mother was approaching 90 years old when she died in May of 1927. She had lived with her son since the death of her husband in 1910. Laws’ wife pre-deceased his mother by three years. His four adult children had all married and left the family household.
Over the years, the family had clearly accumulated many furnishings and the latest of products, including an Electrolux carpet sweeper. Did the house also have sufficient land to house 2 sulkies and a horse?
Electoral records show that William was living with his son near Lane Cove up until his death in 1934.
CROYDON. HIGHLY ATTRACTIVE and IMPORTANT SALE by AUCTION
will be held at No xxx EDWIN STREET CROYDON
NEXT WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 10, at 11 A.M.,
SUPERIOR HOUSEHOLD FURNITURE end EFFECTS
By order and on account of Mr. W. J. LAWS,
owing to the sale of the property
CROCKERY, GLASSWARE AND ELECTROPLATE
WALNUT PIANOFORTE bv SCHAECKE,
WALNUT CHINA CABINET, fitted with shelves; Rosewood Tub Chair, Rosewood Centre Table, Walnut Overmantels, a Small Billiard Table, Bagatelle Board and Fittings, Oak Extension Table, Oak Sideboard, Saddlebag Couch, Inlaid Cedar Hall stand, Oak Dinner Waggon, INLAID AUSTRIAN CHAIRS, Cedar Bookcase, Extension Table, Maple and Cedar, Pine and Stained Walnut Combination Chests, 4ft 6in and Single Bedsteads, with sets of best Bedding
ELECTROLUX VACUUM CARPET SWEEPER (only 3 months in use).
Axminster Carpet Squares, Several Rooms of Al
Linoleums, Quantity of Venetian Blinds,
Kitchen Dresser, Kitchen Utensils.
Electric Toaster, 2-roller Mangle, Kitchen Tables, Quantity of Outside Lots, 2 Sulkies, and 1 Horse.
On view morning of sale.
STRONGMAN and WATTON, AUCTIONEERS and VALUATORS (N. Watkin, Auctioneer)