Main Street Historic Walk – Site 36

This shop and residence for Neil Mcleod and Bill Auger was built in 1928/9. It was used by the owners as a grocer and butcher shop under the trading name of McLeod & Auger. A small shack was added on the back of the land to be used as a residence leaving the whole other building as a shop. Between 1929 and 1933 people called Berryman and Ted Alderton lived in the shack.

The shop closed in 1935 but in 1936 Killerbys rented the building for a short while before setting up next to the newly completed Margaret River Hotel. In 1949 the shop was sold to Reg aand Barbara Pearce to be used as a residence until it was demolished in 1953. The land remained vacant until around the late 1970's when Mr Wells started to construct a new restaurant but was unable to complete it until new owners Ross McKenzie and Pat Ayres did so. They started an antique shop known as Tallwood House in 1985/6. Since then in 1990 the popular restaurant known as Arc of Iris has operated here plus a self service laundromat.



References

Reference map of Margaret River with site numbers

Margaret River Town 1894-1984 by Mavis Wise

Margaret River Stories by Guy Jennings, ISBN 9780646575346

A History of the Catholic Community of Margaret River District by Merilyn Hutton

Margaret River & District Historical Society photo collection

John Alferink from my recollections of the town after being in the area for over 68 years, John Alferink 2021