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Old shop home of champions

Wednesday, 3rd March, 2010

* Sydney man Jeff Hughes outside the shop that was once his grandfather's shoe store. * Sydney man Jeff Hughes outside the shop that was once his grandfather's shoe store.

Sydney man Jeff Hughes took a step back in time yesterday after researching his family's history.

Mr Hughes' grandfather was a bootmaker here early last century and operated the Champion Boot Company in the shop which now houses Champion Pizza in Sulphide Street. Mr Hughes' grandfather was Leonard Turner and after researching his family origins in the city he was surprised the shop still held its "Champion" name.

He said his grandfather operated a successful business in the city and was admired for his commitment to makings shoes for the disabled and injured. He was also surprised to find out that his grandfather owned one of the first cars in Broken Hill and that he travelled to Adelaide once or twice a year.

Mr Hughes is a resident of a retirement village at Castle Hill and a neighbour of a former Broken Hillite, Dorothy Gray. Mrs Gray came to live in Broken Hill in the late 1930s with her father, a school teacher, and her mother.

At Mr Hughes' urging she recently wrote a poem titled "A Tale of Two Seniors" which refers extensively to Broken Hill.

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