23rd December 2023

Department of Commerce of USA, Special Consular report


In 1916 this report was released for the benefit of American manufacturers, giving them information about potential markets around the world. It included a list of Australian dealers and importers, “dry goods” stores and clothing factories. Two of these were Davies Doery & Co, Flinders Street and Barnet Goldstein, Flinders Lane.


Davies, Doery & Co, 98 Flinders Street, clothing manufacturers and warehousemen.

The firm dates from 1900. In 1908 they were for accepted a tender for Tasmanian Military Forces great coats.A fire damaged their Flinders Lane warehouse in 1906, but in 1907 they celebrated the opening of their new warehouse.

Punch (Melbourne), 1st August 1907 page 27.

George Henry Doery O.B.E. died in 1924, aged 63 years. He had been heavily involved in charitable affairs and the Canterbury Baptist Church. The firm was still active in 1941.

Barnet Goldstein, Flinders Lane

Mr Goldstein started manufacturing clothing in Drummond St, Carlton around 1908, then Victoria Street in 1911, and then Higson’s Lane (cnr Flinder’s Lane) in 1912. A fire destroyed the building in 191, although he continued at that address. In 1921 he was located in Bourke Street, and was advertising the opening of a bargain showroom in Geelong. However, this only lasted for 3 months, and it appears the business was in liquidation.

Geelong Advertiser, 9th July 1921 page 7.

He was later involved in a new firm, the Geelong Clothing Stores P/L, in partnership with Clifford Noble and the infamous Solomon Davis. He died in 1970.

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