Historical information

Vines Timber yard was established in 1897 after the timber yard established by Donald Douglas in 1887 was acquired by William James Vine in 1896. Vines Timber yard was managed by William and his son Albert Ernest (Ernie) until the 1950s when there were no vacant blocks of land in Surrey Hills and less requirement for building materials.
William Vine is listed in the 1893 directory as living in Albany Crescent. He married Sarah Elizabeth Gunner in 1881.
The business was badly affected by a large fire in 1920.
Albert Vine (1903-1968) was a Camberwell councillor from 1926-1934. He was also Mayor of Camberwell in 1940/41 and a councillor from 1937-1944. His son Ernest Albert also becoming a Councillor and Mayor of Camberwell.

Physical description

Exterior of building of W J Vine timber merchant and ironmonger in 1899. There are 5 men standing outside.

Inscriptions & markings

'Year 1899' in lower LH corner