Mary Cox (Miss M. Cox) was daughter of earlier stationer (and storeman, seedsman) T. J. Cox (Thomas James Cox) of partnership Cox & Roberts, who at a time had stores at both Commissioners Hill (near Surface Hill) and Red Hill. Eventually the business went into liquidation in 1903 and Roberts, the other partner took over for a short time before S. R. N. Taudevin bought out the stock of Cox & Roberts and took over as stationer. Just a short time later in 1904 Thomas’ daughter Mary went into the book and stationer business herself. In 1909 she married Charles Thurecht, a coachsmith, but the business kept the Cox name.
The Gympie Times, December 1904:
“Miss M. Cox – our energetic young townswoman Miss Mary Cox, evidently believes in a policy of expansion having secured the vacant shop adjoining her business premises for the Christmas season. Both shops are overflowing with the latest novelties in the form of toys and articles suitable for presentation to persons of all ages. There are ladies and gentlemen’s purses, beautifully finished and furnished dressing cases, novelties in artware, curios of all kinds, tape meaures, paper knives and ornaments including dainty celluloid vases. A splendid stock of dolls give ample scope for selection; these comprise dolls of all ages and sexes, many of them tastefully dressed in national costumes. The attention of our representative was drawn to a very large and handsome specimen which was manufactured to Miss Cox’s order and imported for the occasion. This doll is undoubtedly one of the finest ever seen on Gympie and should delight the hearts and secure the affections of multitudes of little girls. In the book section of the business, the newest and most popular works have been indented from English publishing houses. Boys and Girls’ Annuals and toy books, sacred, secular and comic books, books to amuse and instruct, magazines, illustrated papers, diaries, almanacs, etc. Music, too, is one of the distinguishing features of the establishment, and also instruments for producing it, from the stately piano to the tin whistle. The stock on the whole is varied, and up to date in every respect and no doubt the enterprising young lady proprietor will meet with her full share of public support”