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William Girling is first seen at the shop in Church street in the 1871 census return and the last time he is recorded in the census returns is in 1901. His contribution to Stradbroke has been a wonderful archive of photographs recording life as it was in his time.
George and Daisy Ward opened up the Grocer and Drapers Ward Shop in 1907 The 1911 census return shows that they had a one year old daughter, Kathleen and George's sister Lucy with them. The census return also shows that Lucy helped out in the shop,