The Argus, Melbourne, Wednesday 6th September 1899, page 3.
“MAGNIFICENT WAREHOUSE, 100 Franklin-street, Lately Occupied by Ferguson and Urie, Suitable for factory or any class of trade, TO LET. TO LET. TO LET. Rent Moderate. Apply to DRYSDALE PURVES, Trustee, Australian-buildings, 49 Elizabeth-street.”
On the 17th October 1899, The Argus reported that Edward Keep and Co were going out of business because of a fire, (which had occurred at their Lonsdale premises) and “Messrs. Fras and Albert Keep, in conjunction with the departmental manager, Mr H. S. Wood, propose to continue the carriage ironmongery and agricultural implement business at 100 Franklin-street”.
Later the business would be known as “Keep Bros & Wood. Saddlers and Ironmongers”. On the 30th September 1899, the Argus reported that a number of buildings were being sold by the trustees of the estate of the late “Alfred Joseph” and the 100 Franklin street building was included for sale “subject to existing tenancies”.
In 1913, Keep Bros & Wood still advertised the business at 100 Franklin Street but have now advertised as “Keep Bros & Wood Wheel Factory, Franklin Street” producing wooden coach wheels. By 1916 they have diversified and are selling agents for the “Trumbull Car”.
In 1945, Keep Bros & Wood purchased several old properties in Elizabeth street for re-development as the new company premises and in the 1960’s started producing the “Hallmark” Bicycle.
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