Road will honour a historic Ipswich family
MOST long-term Ipswich residents would recognise the Rawlings name from the shop that seems to have occupied the same spot near the top of the mall since prehistoric times.
In fact, the Rawlings family has been in business in Ipswich for more than 115 years, with three generations running the store from its current location at 137 Brisbane St.
Through good times and more challenging ones, the family has stayed true to its pledge to provide affordable footwear and men's clothing to the people of Ipswich.
That loyalty has been recognised with Ipswich City Council recently offering to name a road in Deebing Heights in honour of the family.
Rawlings Rd - to be sign-posted in the coming weeks - runs west from Grampian Dr in the rapidly developing suburb.
The current Rawlings owner, Andy, has owned a house on the previously unnamed road for more than 40 years.
"I was honoured to be acknowledged in this way," Mr Rawlings said.
"I think this development really has to happen and this is the ideal location for it.
"We are close to highways and not far from the middle of Ipswich."
It was Andy's great-grandfather, the Reverend Henry Rawlings, who made the voyage out from Trowbridge, England, in 1863 and established the family in south-east Queensland.
Andy's grandfather, William, moved to Ipswich from Toowoomba to take over a shoe store from his brother, Fred, in 1898.
At that time, the store was located one block west of the current location, but William, with the help of another brother, Sam, moved the shop to 137 Brisbane St a few years later.
"My father, Colin, purchased the business from his father in 1942 and expanded into men's clothing shortly after," Mr Rawlings said.
Andy took over in 1970.
"There is a lot of loyalty to Ipswich from our point of view," he said.
"We endeavour to support the town and the activities that happen here."