Business: Abdy Bros.

Abdy Bros.

Duration Of Business:

Location Of Business:
293 George Street Brisbane

Name Of Business:
Abdy Bros

Type Of Business:
Drapers & Mercers


Joseph Abdy came to Queensland in about 1901 and started business as a general storekeeper in Woodford until 1909 when he and his family returned to Brisbane. Starting in about 1928, his sons, Herbert, Robert and Michael operated Abdy Bros. drapery stores in Brisbane, Gympie and Maryborough, for several decades. The Brisbane store was at the corner of George and Ann Streets. In 1935, they opened a second Brisbane store at Wooloongabba. One of their advertising slogans was ‘You can buy it cheaper at Abdy Bros.’ indicating their intention was to be a ‘bargain’ store.


Brisbane Telephone Directory, 1935.

Daily Standard (Brisbane), 14 December 1933, p. 15, viewed 27 August 2021,

Daily Standard (Brisbane), 23 April 1935, p. 3, viewed 27 August 2021,

Daily Standard (Brisbane), 19 June 1935, p. 8 , viewed 27 August 2021,

NAA: A659, 1941/1/2467, Abdy, J – Naturalisation.

Queensland Post Office Directories to 1949.

Telegraph (Brisbane), 18 September 1933, p. 9, viewed 27 August 2021,