James Holmes Lucking of the "Pines" 43 Streatham Hill left an estate valued at £265k in 1905. A serious amount of money- £32m approx. today
Illustrated Police News 18 February 1905.Image © THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.
Born in Reading James Lucking made his fortune in Australia- unsuccessful in sheep farming he opened a drapery business- Miller and Lucking in Adelaide where the shop prospered with the discovery of gold in 1850 in the area.
Read more about "The Folks Who Lived On The Hill" in Janet Weeks' book available from the Streatham Society.
You will be amazed at the list of very wealthy people who lived in the area https://www.streathamsociety.org.uk/people.html