Pioneer

In 1898, Benjamin William Peek operated a butcher shop Peek & Castine. The shop was situated between the Grace Darling and the Pier Hotel. Sydney Castine was a partner in the Peek & Castine Store.

Benjamin and his wife had two sons Frank and Bertie and four girls, Hilda, Rosie, Dolly and Gladdie.

The Peek family came from Bendigo and had made a small fortune on the Goldfields in Victoria. In 1912, there was a Match Race conducted between Benjamin Peek and Laurie Sinclair, with a stake of 40 souvenirs; it was said, Bendigo gold against Norseman gold. Benjamin Peeks horse Darrawell ridden by Bill Foote against Laurie Sinclair’s horse Gold Dust ridden by Laurie. The race was won by Darrawell.

In 1916, during the Great War Benjamin Peek, who was Captain of the rifle club helped protect Esperance as he and other rifle club members were called upon to guard the wireless station.

Benjamin W Peek, (butcher) was elected to the Esperance Roads Board in 1906-14-20-23. David Massey Peek was elected to the Esperance Roads Board on the 20th November 1895-1898-1900.

Mrs Peek operated a boarding house in the “Esperanza” which was originally owned by the Kemp family.

 

 

 

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