F.W.Nissen Pty Ltd Records and Photographs

F.W.Nissen business records, a photograph album of the interior of the family owned firm and catalogues are just part of a recent donation to Queensland Memory.

Frederick William Nissen started as a manufacturing jeweller in 1892 and established a workshop upstairs at 216 Queen St., Brisbane, with a retail outlet downstairs. Some years later, F.W.Nissen moved to 204 Queen Street and stayed there until the early 1920's, when he purchased the building at 216 Queen Street. The business was then run from this premises by several more family members including L W R Nissen, Colin Nissen, Vida Irene Nissen and Wilhimina Ivy Nissen.

During the period 1910 to 1955, a substantial country business was developed throught extensive agreements with country town general stores and pharmacies. Up to 40,000 catalogues were printed and distributed. We hold a wonderful selection of these colourful catalogues.

The firm ceased trading in 1984.

The collection we hold includes a  photograph album with interior views of the retail business, some family photographs, correspondence, business records, colourful catalogues, stock cards, a memorandum of asssociation and gemmology certificates.

This collection may be viewed at the John Oxley Library, Accession No: 28209, Boxes 11048,16394 and 16397 and Boxes 16395 O/S A3; Box 16362 O/S; Box 16396 O/S A3

Patricia Parr, Retrospective Collecting Coordinator - State Library of Queensland


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Just researching my heritage.

John, were you working in the Queen St store in the 1960′s? My sister Fay Richardson worked there 1960-1964 with a John and Ivy Nissen

John, were you working in the Queen St store in the 1960's? My sister Fay Richardson worked there 1960-1964 with a John and Ivy Nissen

There was no John Nissen connected with the family of FW Nissen, who still reside in Queensland (that we are aware of) Would be interested to know what the family connection is.

I have my aunts watch says f.w. Nissen Brisbane. She would have been about 108 years old now

Hello, i have an interesting toy by FW Nissen.
It is an advertising piece, a little bigger than a 50 cent piece.
It is a picture of a black man, the objective is to put his teeth back in his smile. For interest sake im trying to find its value. So far i can not find another like it.
Does anyone know anything about such a piece?
I can email pictures of it.

Hi Derek,
That does sound like a unique toy and thank you for your query. The State Library Ask Us service is available to help with your research needs. You can find the range of services here: https://www.slq.qld.gov.au/plan-my-visit/services/ask-us

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