The Ibbotson Story

by Kay Cook


Charles H. Ibbotson

My Great Great Grandfather, George Henry Ibbotson started the Central Coach Factory in 1881 at 447 King street, Newtown. His three sons, George, Charles and Robert went into the business with him.

George Henry and his wife Sarah (nee Stone) lived at Elonara, Stuart street, Blakehurst in their later years.

My mother, the late Phyllis I Wilson (nee Ibbotson), 1913-1998, daughter of Charles William Henry Ibbotson always told us that the coachworks built the first lorry/truck in the shape of a lifesaver

As children, whenever we drove through Newtown, Mum would always point out where the factory was and also always mentioned the shop a few doors away that was owned by a Willie Scur (spelling may be wrong. The 1892 Sands mentions a George H. Scurr at 297 King street and also a G. H. Scurr in Enmore road, both listed as ironmongers.) About 1968/69 my sister and I visited Mr Scur’s shop. He remembered my Grandfather, Charles William Henry and was delighted to talk to us.

At the time the shop had all these receipts in bundles hanging from the ceiling and must have been there from the beginning of the business.

Where the coachworks were situated, was for many years a service station on the corner and part of the original building was next door. In later years it became a convenience store and apartments. (The 1893 Sands lists a Charles H. Ibbotson at 447 King street between Camden and Alice streets.)

The Central Coach Factory (taken circa 1892)
L. to R. unknown, Stan Ibbotson, Charles Henry Ibbotson, Robert Ibbotson – his brother, Unknown

Standing in front of Coachworks, King street, Newtown
Back row L. to R.Sarah Waterman (nee Stone), Charles Henry Ibbotson, Cate Ellen Ibbotson (nee Waterman) nursing baby Stan Ibbotson (born Oct. 1889), Robert Ibbotson, George Ibbotson & Jim Walker.
Front row L. to R. Sarah Ann Ibbotson, Katie May Ibbotson, Charles William Henry Ibbotson.