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Marshall St Fortitude Valley is one of Northshore’ latest Heritage projects which will provide exciting character ground floor retail and office opportunities. Marshall St is centrally located within Fortitude Valley and close to Howard Smith Wharves, CBD, Valley Central Station & James Street.



Marshall St was originally constructed in the late 1890’s for Stewart & Hemmant Merchants. Stewart & Hemmant was a large firm of clothing manufacturers and warehousemen with substantial premises in the city. The location of their new purpose-built factory in Fortitude Valley was no doubt strategic. Although in the 1890s there had been a general downturn in the Queensland economy, the Valley area had continued to develop as an important commercial and industrial district, as well as residential area. There was good transport infrastructure for both goods and people with ready connections to major roads, train and tramlines, as well as proximity to the river wharves. There was also a large local population of potential workers.

The firm was established in Brisbane in the late 1850s by Alexander Stewart (1835–1918) and his partner, William Hemmant (1837–1916). Scottish-born Stewart and English-born Hemmant had both come to Australia in the late 1850s. They are believed to have met in the Victorian goldfields town of Ballarat and then moved north to Brisbane, to seek opportunities in the newly separated Queensland colony. The pair established a general drapery store (The Criterion Store) at the corner of Queen and Albert Streets. Soon after, Alexander Stewart’s brother, James, established a Rockhampton branch of the firm (later becoming James Stewart & Co., which continues today and is considered one of the state’s oldest businesses).

The property was owned by Stewarts until 1929 when it was sold to Smith & Paterson printers.
We are planning on bringing the building back to its former glory with a full refurbishment.


  • Property ID: 2372
  • Property Status: For Lease


  • State/county: Queensland
  • Country: Australia

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North Shore Group
North Shore Group
(07) 3868 4814

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