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Old September 24th, 2009, 09:27 AM   #1
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Department Stores of Australia

This thread is dedicated to Department Stores - old and new!!!
Feel free to post your images and share your thoughts and facts!!!

I will start the thread by looking at the now non existant Gowings Department Store in Sydney.

It specialised in casual mens fashion and outdoor gear. Gowings traded from 1868 until 2006. Between 1929 and 2006, it traded in the Gowings Building at the corner of George and Market Streets, opposite Myer and David Jones.





The old signage came back at the start of the year



From its last days of trading in January 2006







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Old September 24th, 2009, 11:46 AM   #2
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Nice idea for a thread, Fabs

McDonnell and East Department Store
George Street, Brisbane
CLOSED IN 1990



McWhirters Department Store
Wickham Street, Brisbane
CLOSED IN 1988



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Old September 24th, 2009, 12:21 PM   #3
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What happened to Gowings?
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Old September 24th, 2009, 12:33 PM   #4
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It is now a Supre store.
I think the company went broke/could not longer compete with specialist retailers and the likes of David Jones/Myer
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Old September 24th, 2009, 01:00 PM   #5
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Nice idea for a thread, Fabs

McWhirters Department Store
Wickham Street, Brisbane
CLOSED IN 1988



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I like McWhirters building.

Another nice building from when The Valley was the centre of Brisbane.
The old TC Beirne Department Store

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Old September 24th, 2009, 01:10 PM   #6
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When I was a kid, I used to love John Martins in Adelaide. Others that went by were Miller Andersons and Foy & Gibsons. Will have to find some photos.

I remember Perth had a store called Boans, I think
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Old September 24th, 2009, 02:25 PM   #7
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Boans,
Boans is the name of an iconic department store that operated in Perth, Western Australia between 1895 and 1986. The store was founded by Harry Boan and his brother Benjamin who both came to Perth in 1895 from Broken Hill in western New South Wales.[1] Harry and another brother, Ernest, had previously established a successful drapery known as 'Boan Bros. Ltd.' in that town.



Bairds,
Picture was taken in 1930, cant find anything about it, probably could but im lazy

Recently been restored, picture by mincy meat
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Old September 24th, 2009, 03:02 PM   #8
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Bolands Centre - Cairns.

Housed David Jones later on though not sure when they left. Now houses offices and shops on the ground level.

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Old September 24th, 2009, 04:02 PM   #9
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David Jones Sydney, the mother of all Australian Department Stores

David Jones Christmas Windows (2006)
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David Jones Floral Display (2007)
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David Jones Elizabeth Street Store
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David Jones Foodhall Market Street Store
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Unfortunately I couldn't find any of the facade of the Market Street Store, and the ones of the Elizabeth Street Store aren't particularly good.

Also, I couldn't find any decent sized pictures of the interiors of either store...the Elizabeth Street store is particularly impressive.
That said, with the multi-million dollar upgrade of David Jones in Brisbane and Melbourne, following the construction of impressive stores in Perth and Adelaide, one would imagine the Sydney stores will be in line for some work in the years ahead.

I can't really understand, however, why the corners of the David Jones buildings (like the one shown in the fourth picture) don't have big, grand entrances
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Old September 24th, 2009, 04:04 PM   #10
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this used to be the grand old Myer building in Adelaide, before that piece of shite Myer Centre was built

from state library of Victoria website


Rundle Street was a tad busy
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whats australias tallest dept store?
back in 1928, marcus Clarks building on Broadway was not only our tallest dept store, but also tallest skyscraper at 67m/220ft high!
the 9storey building boasted a rooftop playground for kiddies while there mums shopped.

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the beacon shone brightly and dominated souther sydney CBD
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another great dept store of old sydney
Holdsworth mcphersons was on of tallets in australia in 1893.
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Foys, northeast corner of Bourke and Swanston Streets, Melbourne, as it looked in 1937.



Foys big Santa and roof-top fun park ~ 1960s.

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Text from Melbourne Architecture

Leviathan Clothing Store
271-281 Bourke Street, Melbourne
1912-13 Bates Peebles & Smart

Inspired by designs of clothing emporia in London, in particular the London Whitely Building, the Leviathan Clothing Store was the first major department store constructed in the central city which began to match the scale and lavishness of similar stores such as Moore’s (1910-13) and the Colosseum (1915) being constructed in Chapel Street, Prahran. Striking aspects of this Edwardian Baroque design were the enormous consoles, with their wreaths and dripping foliated detail, and the original white cement finish to the building’s reinforced concrete (and austerely modern) façade.

Old postcard below and after that, one of my own photographs.



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Main text from Walking Melbourne
The National Trust guide to the historic and architectural landmarks of central Melbourne

Former Buckley & Nunn (now David Jones)
294-312 Bourke Street, Melbourne

The emporium dates from 1911-12 and was designed by the firm of Bates Smart McCutcheon, this is a rare example of the Edwardian Baroque in Melbourne, with many intact ‘Adam’ style plaster ceilings gracing the interior. Jazz Moderne details can also be found in the lifts, with inlaid timber, black glass, marble and chrome detailing.

The old postcard from the 1940s.



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Text from Walking Melbourne
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Georges Store
162-168 Collins Street, Melbourne

This impressive example of the Renaissance Revival was designed by Grainger & D’Ebro as the Equitable Co-operative Society in 1884. Following a fire in the drapery Geoge & George further down Collins Street in 1889, owner and ‘landboomer’ Benjamin Fink moved that business into this building, and in the mid 20th century, it went increasingly upmarket. Imported gowns (and local copies), attentive service, innovative window displays and a refined atmosphere gave the store a unique cachet that attracted generations of female shoppers looking for that special something, until it sadly closed down in1995, only to reopen in 1997, close again, and reopen in 2002 but only on one floor, now simply housing a number of boutiques and restaurants.


Georges, on the north side of Collins Street between Swanston and Russell Streets.
We see it decorated in the photograph above for the 1954 Royal Visit.


Georges with Decorations for the 1956 Olympic games.


A cyclotorium occupied the entire top floor of Georges in the 1890s.


A blast from the past.
The first Georges store in Melbourne known back then as George and George was on the north side of Collins Street between Swanston and Elizabeth Streets.
It was lost due to fire on Friday the 13th of September 1889.


Photograph I have taken recently of the Georges Building.
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Myer Emporium
314-336 Bourke Street, Melbourne
1933 HW and FB Tompkins
Napier Waller (Mural Hall)

The Myer Emporium is the vertical Streamlined Moderne member of the seriers of Myer buildings that lie between Bourke and Lonsdale Streets. Sidney Myer replaced his 1913 store with this one in 1931, during the Depression, a brave move achieved only through 24-hour shifts that enabled the store to open for Christmas in 1933. The building is externally relatively undistinguished, apart from its clock, repetitive façade and parapet of fins. Its most striking feature is inside. The Myer Mural Hall features the work of artist Napier Waller, who had lost his right arm during World War 1, then learnt to paint with his left arm and went on to become Melbourne’s major mural artist. His Myer murals depict women in all manner of fields; women’s fashion throughout history; and sea and land transport vehicles throughout history.

Below, a painting of the Myer building ~ 1930s.



Next seven down, Myer today, starting off with the Bourke Street façade.












The footbridge in Little Bourke Street that connects the Bourke Street building with the Lonsdale Street building.


Lonsdale Street façade.
Notice the ‘S’ in MYER’S has been filled in for the recent name change to MYER.


The Napier Waller Myer Mural Hall as it is today and below during a fashion show in the 1960s.






Above, the department store that Myer took over and later demolished.
Below, The group of stores that Myer occupied on Lonsdale Street, later demolished for its Lonsdale Street building.



The first Myer’s store in Australia seen below in a Bendigo postcard (middle right).



Below, ~ 1930s, the scene on the pavement in front of Myer’s (Bourke Street) during a sale.

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Myer all decked out for the Olympic Games in 1956.



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Finney Isles & Co Ltd Brisbane - QSM - the store is still there but Finney's don't exist anymore
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Seems Finny's had more than one department store


Does anyone recognise where this building is - or was? It looks familier but I can't place it?
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