Hobbs & Redgrave to N. H. Hobbs & Son Pty LtdThis page represents my small tribute to the Hobbs family of which I am a member and in particular their long association with the little town Bemboka NSW.
This association dates all the way back to 1920 when my grandfather Nicholas H. Hobbs and business partner Lance Redgrave (befriended while in rehabilitation, as both were injured late in the war). They purchased the local general store from Walter Curry Allen.
Later Nicholas H. Hobbs married a local lady, Lucy Carpenter and Nicholas bought out Lance Redgrave and started trading as N. H. Hobbs, Universal Providers. The Hobbs family and store became a pivotal part in the local community. The store stayed in continuous operation servicing the local community with everything from teaspoons to petrol 7 days per week for 80+ years.
The last owner, Jack Hobbs, trading as N. H. Hobbs & Son Pty Ltd, which he has sort of retired to the back paddocks after 50 years of running the business minus one break while he served and trained as a bomb aimer / navigator in Australia and Canada with the RAAF during WWII.
The store was still serving the public under the name of "Crystalsnlace" and "Bemboka Grocery" till a motor vehicle injury brought that to an end.
Nicholas Hobbs & Lance Redgrave
about the 1950's
2 Pumps about the 1960's
Looking up the street, at the store on the left in 2004
Looking down the Street, Post Office on left 2004