Epicure Café 95 Murray Street

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Address: 95 Murray Street
Town or Locality: Gawler
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The Jackson family emigrated from Ambleside, England in May 1960. Charlie Jackson was a timber merchant, Maisie worked in a grocery shop and son Tony attended Windermere Grammar School.

In the 1950’s, the timber business was slowing and the coal mines were closing, and so Tony easily convinced the family to emigrate to Australia (because he was studying Australian geography at School).

After 2 weeks at the Elder Park Hostel, they bought a house in Elizabeth. They often “coffeed” in Gawler, fell in love with the Town, and within 6 months, bought from Mr. Varney a delicatessen at 82 Murray Street for Maisie to run. Varney also ran the taxi service from Tod Street.

Charlie and Tony worked in the Deli in the evenings and at weekend. They were especially known for their pineapple juice, fresh chocolates, cakes and milkshakes; prior to serious air-conditioning in Gawler.

In about 1962, they bought from Martins (hairdresser) the shop at 95 Murray Street; immediately across the road, and turned it into the “Epicure Café”. The family lived above the Deli. The Deli proudly possessed the only “cold-serve” ice-cream machine north of Adelaide; at which stage only 2 other existed in Adelaide. The deli also was proudly the most southern outlet selling Golden North ice-cream and many patrons made the special trip to Gawler to procure it.

In 1968, the deli at 82 Murray Street was closed and another general store/deli was established at The Strand in Brahma Lodge. On Tony’s graduation from Adelaide University as a dentist in 1970, the Epicure Café was sold and demolished, [along with two other adjacent blue-stone buildings between the Prince Albert Hotel and the ANZ Bank] to make way for the Foodland store.

In 1970, Charlie and Maisie shifted to 1 Coombe Street, Gawler East, where they lived for 8 years, before shifting to Adelaide.

Charlie died in 1985 at age 66. Maisie died in 1990 at 68 years of age.

Tony practiced at South Plympton for 33 years and then, married to Elaine, re-bought the family home at 1 Coombe Street in 2001. Tony then practised at the Gawler Dental Clinic for 8 years before retiring in 2012 and he and Elaine continued to reside at Coombe Street. Tony passed away August 2018.

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