Our History

We are housed in a fine old, heritage listed, federation building built in 1882, by Emanuel Shepherd a local South Australian land broker.  Emanuel was born in Appleton-le- Moors, Yorkshire, England, in 1841 and traveled with his parents on the barque “Francis Spraight” in 1843. He married Susan Bennetts in 1872 and he built his two storied family home of six rooms at 205 Magill Road, Maylands in 1882. The premises were enlarged when his wife decided to set up a drapery and fancy goods store in the front room on the corner of Magill Road and Augusta Street, the venture proving to be most successful. Through the 1890s Mrs Shephard supplied many hats, gloves and other pieces of finery to the ladies of the district. The drapery business thrived under different management for a time until Mr. Robert Radbrook, a fruiter and grocer opened for business in 1902.

Mr. Shepherd continued living in the shop for many years and leased the shop to others. Over the years the building has housed many industries and small business’s, including bakeries, local pottery gallery, hardware store, boarding house, florist and various antique stores. At one time the building was owned by Allan Myron who sold ancient artifacts and antiques from Asia and the Middle East. The business was more recently owned by a prominent Adelaide historian and lecturer, Colin Bond, who was a great believer in preserving historic Adelaide, and its buildings. It is believed there were ghosts in the old house and some say they have felt a “presence” on a few occasions. Even some of our customers claim to have glimpsed unexplained movements and heard creaking floor boards when no-one is there. 

Never-the-less the building is now owned by Cheryl and Tony and in 2008 they obtained permission to improve their heritage listed acquisition which has been restored in a sensitive and pleasing manner. The old iron work is original as are most of the fireplaces.  Colin Bond would be delighted to see 205 Magill Road as it is today.

If, having read this short history, you should have any photographs or interesting stories about Pedlar’s wonderful old building, we would love you to share them with us.

Pedlar's Building

Susan Bennetts

Emanuel Shepherd