Backward Glance: Important businessman John Tytherleigh
  • Wednesday 29 July 2015
Councillor John Tytherleigh ca. 1912

Today we are shining the light on an important businessman who helped shape the Sunshine Coast - John Tytherleigh.

John was born in London in January 1867 and in 1886 made the courageous decision to depart for Queensland. Four years later, he accepted a position at Landsborough with storekeeper Mr D McNab.

Being quite the entrepreneur on June 23, 1894 he started his own business selling drapery, clothing and footwear and rented a verandah at the local Landsborough hall.

John’s business grew and he was able to buy the hall which was located on the corner of Gympie and Maleny roads, Landsborough. It is estimated in 1915 he moved his business to Cribb Street and later opened stores in Woombye, Maleny and Caloundra.

John was an influential member of the Great Road Committee which established the road north - now known as the Bruce Highway. He was in business in the district for more than 50 years. He was also the first chairman of the Landsborough Divisional Board after its proclamation in 1912 and later, upon its constitution as Landsborough Shire.

Learn more about the Coast’s unique history by reading our Backward Glance series. There’s a new story every Wednesday.