35, Collins Street East, Melbourne
THE BIG FIND OF JEWELLERY
Proceeds of an Antipodean Robbery
The Birmingham police have now little reason to doubt that the jewellery which was discovered at the Market Hotel, Station-street, a fortnight since, is part of the proceeds of a robbery from the shop of Mr Gourlay, jeweller, Collins-street, Melbourne. It will be remembered that the jewellery was found hidden in a bustle or dress-improver at the Market Hotel, where it had been left by a woman who had stayed there in company with two men. The police have in the meantime been making extensive enquiries with a view to getting the jewellery identified, and they have now, as they believe, succeeded. It is understood that the jewellery, has been recognised by its makers as having been consigned to Mr Gourlay. The robbery took place early in October, at about nine o'clock in the evening, the shop being entered from the street, and £1,000 worth of jewellery taken. Communications have been made with Mr Gourlay, but the police are unable at present to state what course will be taken. The prisoner will be brought up and remanded from time to time until the case for the prosecution can be concluded.
Source: South Wales Echo - 23rd December 1887
Gourlay, Robert, Melbourne, was born in Kirkcudbright, Scotland, and learned his business of watchmaker and manufacturing jeweller in Glasgow, whence he went to London. He came to Victoria in 1880, and entered the establishment of Messrs. Kilpatrick and Co., of Collins-street, remaining with that firm for nearly two years. On leaving he went to New South Wales, where he managed a retail business in Sydney, and after a few months became traveller for the well-known London house of Mr. E. Culver, in which capacity he remained until about January 1885, when he accepted a two years' engagement with Mr. J. R. Rowlands, Collins-street, Melbourne, as watchmaker and managing assistant, and, during Mr. Rowlands' absence in England, took complete charge of the business. On the 14th March, 1887, commenced business for himself as watchmaker, manufacturing jeweller, and direct importer of precious stones, in his present premises, 35 Collins-street east. Besides precious stones, which he makes up in the newest London designs, Mr. Gourlay imports all kinds of watches, clocks, jewellery, plate, and optical goods direct.
Source: Victoria and its Metropolis, Past and Present - Alexander Sutherland - 1888