Julius Solomon

Julius Solomon was born in 1880, here in Victoria, to Jewish parents.  He came to Geelong in 1908 and did a deal with the Geelong council. This entailed council allowing him to build a department store on Crown land to the side of the otherwise open Market Square, provided that both the land and building reverted to council in 50 years.

That’s how the Solomon’s Building, fronting on to Moorabool Street with domes at each end, opened in 1913, reverted to council in 1963 – to become part of Geelong Council’s Market Square Shopping Centre in the late 1960s.

As well as running his successful department store, Julius Solomon was elected to Geelong Council for ten years from 1923 to 1933, twice becoming Mayor, in 1926 and 1927. 

He was just 53 when he died in 1933.

His store, Solomon’s closed in 1966 and was replaced by a Woolworths supermarket, before the building was incorporated into the Market Square Shopping Centre development.

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