George Pleasance, Homœopathic Chemist

  • Date Established:
  • State:
  • Suburb/Town:
    St Kilda
  • Variations on Business Name:
    Branch of Martin and Co

(Material researched & presented by Barbara Armstrong)


George Pleasance’s pharmacy 81 Chapel Street,  Prahran was originally a subsidiary of Martin & Co., and was established in 1878.


The 1884 edition of the Sands and McDougall’s Melbourne and Suburban Directory listed George Pleasance as running a homœopathic chemist shop at 81 Chapel Street Prahran, on the west side between Commercial Road and High Street. He also operated from 8 High Street, St Kilda. In the 1892 edition of the Directory his business address was 249 Chapel Street (the same location as previously, but re-numbered).


Alexander Sutherland, in his book Victoria and Its Metropolis Past and Present, published in 1888, recorded that George Pleasance’s business was established as a branch of Martin and Co (ie. Martin and Pleasance), but was purchased by George Pleasance in 1879. He had been an assistant with Martin and Co for a number of years, but then “commenced business on his own account”.


© Barbara Armstrong

  • Created:
    Wednesday, 17 June 2009
  • Last modified:
    Monday, 18 August 2014