21 Oct LOCAL HISTORY WITH BETTY LAVER – PHILLIPS BATHS
Friend’s Store, Customs boathouse and town baths.
Pictured is one of the Town Baths Enclosure when George & Grace Phillips leased it. The Customs Boathouse & Friends Store were also in this building.
George and Grace Phillips came to the Gladstone area c1890 and decided to try their luck at gold-digging. They soon found this was very hard work, with little return, so they moved into Gladstone where Grace bought a business.
She began conducting a bathing enclosure and George went into his love for boats and built up a great business, hiring pleasure craft.
Their son, Dick (who married Elizabeth Gunzler from Blackgate, Calliope) was also keen on boats and he assisted his father in this venture. George and Grace had the pleasure of owning the first motor driven watercraft used in Gladstone. They conducted these businesses for fourteen years and then sold (baths and vessels) to Bill Hodge.