Cole's Book Arcade was a massive three-storey bookstore in the heart of Melbourne opened 1883. But this was a bookshop with a difference. It had a fernery, a wonderland with funny mirrors, a music department, a lolly shop, a lending library...there were secondhand books for sale, a Chinese tea salon, even a live monkey display! The arcade was the embodiment of one man's vision and humanitarian ideals: Edward William Cole.

Cole's Book Arcade was a massive three-storey bookstore in the heart of Melbourne opened

Short Street, Hill End 1872. http://www.shop.nsw.gov.au

Beaufoy Merlin Short Street, Hill End 1872 Wet plate glass negative, on 18504 . Hill End in 1872 was a gold town at its peak. According to the Empire 7 June “The streets were thronged by a motley crowd.

'Cavalcade of an Empire' decoration on the side of Anthony Hordern and Son,Department Store building, Sydney, Australia ca.1938. v@e

'Cavalcade of an Empire' decoration on the side of Anthony Hordern and Son,Department Store building, Sydney, Australia v

Window display, 1920s-1930s, Grace Bros. Ltd, “The Big Store on Broadway”. It boasted three and half acres of furniture

Ltd, “The Big Store on Broadway”. It boasted three and half acres of furniture

The Perfumery Department in  Grace Bros Broadway,Sydney in 1938.

The Perfumery Department in Grace Bros Broadway,Sydney in 🌹

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