Created By: Uki and South Arm Historical Society
One of the first businesses to operate at Uki 1905 was Peate's Store, owned by John Peate. Peate's originally sold lollies from a tent erected in what was to become the butter factory yard until their shop was built. He sold confectionery, homemade drinks and journals. His wife Shah and her sister Sue were of Indian birth and they were to suffer at the hands of local bigots. The shop was destroyed by fire.
A boarding house was established in the village from1910 in 1915, where the Uki school residence used to be. Meals were served at 1/- per head. Many bullock drivers ate there after a hard day's work. Social occasions and send-offs were specially catered for. It is said to have been operated with the owners, Miss Knox and Mrs Norris, rendering "personal service, which was mutually satisfying to all."
Perhaps not such a sleepy village after all!
This point of interest is part of the tour: Historic Uki Village - Walking Tour
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