Bass Strait Maritime Centre

Mr Tucker’s Shop

Mr George Tucker arrived in Torquay in the 1860s and was the first shoemaker for the area. Pictured here is his shop on the Esplanade. Sadly, in 1892 a fire broke out in the early hours of the morning , resulting in the destruction of the shop and a nearby coach-house and bake-house. It was thought the fire was caused by ‘rats scratching matches’.

Image: BSMC Collection