Mr. Peare, Catherine Street, Waterford, motor car

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Where: Waterford, Ireland

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When: 01 April 1906

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The proud owner of a motor car with family insists on having the moment he takes possession recorded for posterity(?) If so, this experience would probably be marked with a series of "selfies" today. I wonder who Mr. Peare was, and what make was that new fangled motoring car?

And so the first thing we learned today is that this is not the buyer, but the seller of the car. Mr Peare (in the driving seat) was the owner of what Niall McAuley and ofarrl have told us was the first motor garage in Ireland, opened in 1900. The second thing learned was the location, which beachcomberaustralia tells us is the courthouse in Waterford - Poole's "go to" spot for outdoor commissions. The third lesson was on the Gladiator motorcar - very likely the then new 10 horse-power tonneau model. Finally, with inputs from Niall, Carol Maddock, and Dún Laoghaire Micheál we understand that the car was bought by Raymond de la Poer (whose family had an estate, greenhouses and the staff to manage it, 6 miles outside the city). Micheál's grand-uncle may even have driven the car - as one-time motorman and chauefuer to the estate.....


Photographer: A. H. Poole

Collection: Poole Photographic Studio, Waterford

Date: c.6 April 1906

NLI Ref: POOLEWP 1540

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    Niall McAuley

    • 21/Mar/2017 09:05:15

    1901 census shows only one Peare in Waterford, Wm F Peare. He is not in Catherine St. on that date, but he is listed as a Motor Car Manufacturer, not a common trade at the time. By 1911 he is in Newtown, married to local woman Hester, and father of six. He is listed as Managing direct Motor and Electrical Engineer.

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 21/Mar/2017 09:09:52

    He had a different car the next week - show off ! catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000591764

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    Niall McAuley

    • 21/Mar/2017 09:09:56

    I believe his wife was née Hester Olive MacKesy.

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    Carol Maddock

    • 21/Mar/2017 09:15:44

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/beachcomberaustralia He had access to loads of cars! We've heard of William aka Bill Peare before, but it was fadó fadó... https://www.flickr.com/photos/nlireland/6531108775/

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    Niall McAuley

    • 21/Mar/2017 09:15:53

    WI was Waterford city, WI-1 beginning in January 1904. The Motor Directory for 1911-12 has that car registered to Raymond De La Poor of Kilmacow, Waterford.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 21/Mar/2017 09:18:55

    The wheel hubs read "Gladiator".

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    Niall McAuley

    • 21/Mar/2017 09:21:52

    Gladiator 10HP Tonneau 1903

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    Niall McAuley

    • 21/Mar/2017 09:31:50

    The window behind is distinctive, compare this first floor window at the Bishop's Palace in streetview.

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    Carol Maddock

    • 21/Mar/2017 09:33:49

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/gnmcauley I'd imagine that's a typo in the directory. More likely one of the de la Poers?

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 21/Mar/2017 09:34:39

    I hadn't heard of Gladiator cars before - cycles, cars, and terrific posters - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gladiator_Cycle_Company upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/4/46/Cycles_gladia...

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    Niall McAuley

    • 21/Mar/2017 09:36:41

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/beachcomberaustralia] Hardy woman!

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    Niall McAuley

    • 21/Mar/2017 09:43:14

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]] Likely Raymond De La Poer

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    Niall McAuley

    • 21/Mar/2017 09:49:52

    There is a blue plaque (streetview) on the premises in Catherine St. saying : In 1900 William F. Peare established Ireland's first motor garage in this building

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    Carol Maddock

    • 21/Mar/2017 09:49:54

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/gnmcauley What the hell is (allegedly) Y.P.D.L.?! Looking at the original census image, is it J.P. for Justice of the Peace? And DL?

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    Niall McAuley

    • 21/Mar/2017 09:54:41

    According to www.thepeerage.com/p38084.htm#i380838: He gained the rank of officer in the service of the 15th Regiment. He held the office of Deputy Lieutenant (D.L.) of County Kilkenny. He held the office of Justice of the Peace (J.P.) for County Kilkenny. He held the office of High Sheriff of County Kilkenny in 1889. He lived at Kilcronagh, County Kilkenny, Ireland.

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    sharon.corbet

    • 21/Mar/2017 09:54:51

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] Deputy Lieutenant?

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    Carol Maddock

    • 21/Mar/2017 10:07:20

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/scorbet Excellent, ta!

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 21/Mar/2017 10:08:02

    Possibly on the right side of the Courthouse? - see window and column details - https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/5229348811/ Streetview doesn't go there

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 21/Mar/2017 10:20:25

    Yes! Definitely the south-east corner of the Courthouse - catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000340023

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    Niall McAuley

    • 21/Mar/2017 10:39:29

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/beachcomberaustralia Well done! I'm a bit lost if Streetview doesn't go there!

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 21/Mar/2017 11:02:07

    Even has the squiggle in front of the rear door - www.gracesguide.co.uk/File:Im1906Au-Glad129.jpg

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 21/Mar/2017 12:35:50

    Excellent - Thanks all. So not the buyer of a new motor car, but the seller! William and Hester's children would seem to have been too young (even by the 1911 census) for the lad pictured to have been an immediate family member - an employee perhaps?

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    oaktree_brian_1976

    • 21/Mar/2017 12:46:09

    nice car

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 21/Mar/2017 12:49:51

    The fellow riding shotgun is Mr Apple.

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    Dún Laoghaire Micheál

    • 21/Mar/2017 13:21:18

    My grand uncle (1880 - 1958) was on the staff of Gurteen Le Paor. Having been trained as a "motor engineer", he was initially employed as chauffeur and later was recorded as a "Steward" on the estate (there were a dozen or so of these). He travelled with the Le Paor family on the continent. Unfortunately, I dont recognise either gentlemen as belong to my handsome clan. (Maybe he got to run ahead with the flag). Here he is in France in 1934 Petie Goodwin - France 1934

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    xpisto1

    • 21/Mar/2017 16:06:07

    Isn't our first car special for all of us? I still have the receipt for my mother's fist car, an Austin 7, which she bought in 1936.

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    ofarrl

    • 21/Mar/2017 16:55:46

    This is another photo of W.F. Peare with the first motor tricycle assembled in Ireland. This was also taken at the Courthouse. W.F. Peare & the first motor tricycle built in Ireland

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 22/Mar/2017 01:07:58

    Brilliant - The peal of the bells and echo of klaxons have still not faded here: • Ding - location confirmation • Dong - date confirmation • Klang - subject confirmation (person) • Klunk* - subject confirmation (machine) • RingRingRing - familial connections!! Thanks all! (* Need to get that one fixed....)

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    sam2cents

    • 23/Mar/2017 21:19:18

    Watson and Holmes out for a spin. It's a lovely image.

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    Hannahs Lens

    • 24/Mar/2017 08:46:08

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/ thanks for favourites. Now my Dublin photos don't match up to these, I love reading all the history and info on photos, It's one of my favourite Flickr Groups, Thanks.

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    ilgunmkr - Mourning The Loss Of My Wife Of 52 Year

    • 26/Mar/2017 04:23:47

    What a magnificent "brass era" automobile!