Watson & Ferguson

Watson & Ferguson

Name: Watson & Ferguson

Time: 1875 - Current

Epoch: Late 19th Century

Category: Scholarly Publisher

Institution Category: Informing

Institution Group: Public Community Education

Coordinates: -27.4693616666667, 153.024111666667

Street Address: Watson & Ferguson (Messrs. Watson, Ferguson, and Co.), Adelaide Street, Brisbane City

Suburb: Brisbane City (CBD)

Sector: Commercial

Local Study Area: Spring Hill-CBD-Fortitude Valley-New Farm (Inner City)

Study Stage: MBNH Stage 9 Local Study Areas

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Watson & Ferguson began as the printing business started by William Gowans in 1868, in Brisbane. The Company was formed by the partnership of John Watson and James Ferguson in 1871. In 1882, the Company built a four-storey building designed by Richard Gailey on the site of the original Supreme Court. The Company’s first store was at 69 Queen Street. In 1909, the Company commenced subscription and circulating library services from their Queen Street premises. In 1914, the business built a large printery and bookbinding factory on the corner of Glenelg and Stanley Streets with the assistance of the Municipality of South Brisbane.

Geographic Description 1: Inside The Green Belt

Geographic Description 2: Brisbane River

Geographic Description 3: Flood Plains (Major); High River Banks (still floods); Ridgeline (Slopes off Wickham Tce)


“Who we are”, Watson Ferguson and Company Website Retrieved on 18 January 2019.

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Watson & Ferguson. Copyright Dan Kelly. All rights reserved. [https://www.wfco.com.au/our-history.html]