John Martins Advertisement, CML Your Home Booklet, 1946 Cheesman collection, Architecture Museum, University of South Australia.

Gone Shopping: Department Stores in South Australia

Department stores emerged in the late nineteenth century and thrived during the twentieth century. This exhibition of architectural drawings, photos and advertising from the Architecture Museum will include department stores from Adelaide city, suburban shopping malls and main streets of country towns. The storefronts of retailers like Myers, Harris Scarfe, and David Jones, as well as those no longer with us including John Martins, Charles Moore’s, Peoplestores and Eudunda’s will be on display. With the move of retail to online, the future of these prominent retail buildings needs to be considered as a matter of urgency. This exhibition endeavours to understand the history of department store architecture to enable us to look forward to opportunities for their future use and heritage preservation. 

Presented by The Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Centre & the Architecture Museum, UniSA