Bumper Talking Shop meeting

IT’S hard to imagine a time when Pneumatic Cash Tubes and Cash Registers were ‘new technology’ — but that was part of what attracted almost 120 people on 24 March 2018 to hear Dr Ellen McArthur outline how far shopping had come since the days of hawkers and rudimentary shop fronts.

The speaker’s informative images showed how Fortitude Valley made the quantum leap to the famous department stores of TC Beirne, McWhirters and Overells.

Most in the audience had shopped there, and many had worked there, so this is a topic which may be revisited at a future meeting.

Many thanks to Dr Ellen for her enthusiastic and well-illustrated address.

Almost 120 people came to hear Dr Ellen McArthur explain how the big Valley emporia so successfully caught people’s imaginations.

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