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Post Office and Emigration Office

Looking NorthWest down Main Street c1907 (incomplete street light on the right) | fullsize
Tinted collotype published by Valentine Dublin (divided back, 'low harp' logo in red ink.)

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Andrew Hamilton is listed on Main Street in the 1901 trade directory as an ironmonger and emigration agent. Whilst the 1901 census shows Andrew living at house number 4 Bowling Green (private dwelling), the the actual location of his business on Main Street is not shown.

On the right edge of the postcard (published by Valentine Dublin c1907-1914), the building with "Emigration Office" written on it is a likely location for Andrew's hardware store and emigration agency. This building is listed in the 1901 Census: House and Building Returns form, at 91 Main Street with no inhabitants. Other non inhabited shops listed on Main Street, in the 1901 census, are: 38, 48, 50, 56, 62, 95, 100, 102, 104, 108, 110, and 116.

By 1913 Andrew's business had expanded to include a shipping agency, along with a house, land and insurance agency. With his family he had moved home to 24 Derry Road, and had moved his conglomerate to Railway Street.

The building with the greenish shop-front, to the right of the Post Office, was the location of Stevenson's Draper Shop.

Related Documents:
1901Census: House And Building Return
(John Anderson 90 Main Street | Gray Printers, 94 Main Street)
1901 Census: House And Building Return
(Post Office, 54 Main Street | Tea Merchant, John Devine, 52 MainStreet)

1911Census: House And Building Return
(John Anderson, 47 Main Street | Gray Printers, 42 Main Street)
1911Census: House And Building Return
(Post Office, 21 Main Street | Tea Merchant, John Devine 25 Main Street)

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