Submitted by jays on 28 January 2014 - 4:22pm

According to family stories Hugo Youngein (1859-1930) looked at this silver pocket watch every day, opening and closing the doors of his small cash grocery shop in The Rocks, Sydney, by the time it kept.  The shop operated from the front room of number 64 Gloucester Street from 1904 until Hugo’s death in 1930. During the early years of the business Hugo worked as a coal lumper while his wife Clara ran the shop and cared for the couple’s four young children. After they separated around 1917 Hugo ran the grocery himself, although sometimes during the late 1920s when construction work for the Sydney Harbour Bridge became too noisy and messy Hugo would shut up shop and catch a tram to his daughter’s house in Haberfield. The small jade fish trinket attached to the gold Albert chain of the watch is believed to relate to Hugo’s earlier career as a sail maker. He had been born Hugo Knut Ljunggren (or Lyunggren) in Kalmar, Sweden, and arrived in New South Wales in 1887.  Like many foreign sailors he never returned home.  

Photograph: Greg Weight, 2013
Gift of Mr William Younger. This item is currently on display in the Susannah Place Museum shop
Pocket watch and watch chain with small jade fish attached, owned by Hugo Youngein who operated shop at Susannah Place Pocket watch and watch chain with small jade fish attached, owned by Hugo Youngein who operated shop at Susannah Place Pocket watch and winding key, circa 1863, belonging to Hugo Youngein who operated shop at Susannah Place Pocket watch and watch chain with small jade fish attached, owned by Hugo Youngein who operated shop at Susannah Place
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