What's in store? Shopping in Australia 1880-1930


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This provides a visual map of the exhibition, ‘What’s in store? Shopping in Australia 1880-1930’. It helps teachers highlight major themes, AV, interactives and key objects to students before the visit. Most of the key objects are hyperlinked either to the Museum Online Collection Database or relevant online resources for easy reference. It also features relevant online resources and education programs that are available.

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What's in store? Shopping in Australia 1880-1930

  1. 1. What’s in store? Shopping in Australia 1880 - 1930 Pre-visit exhibition slideshow Cash register
  2. 2. What’s in store exhibition entrance from the King Cinema sideWhat’s in store exhibitionentrance from the Steamrevolution side -: Powerhouse Museum Learning :-
  3. 3. The steam revolution1. The city store: selling in a modern world2. The general store: a universal provider3. The Wong family: a story of migration and heritage Exhibition entrance next to Steam revolution Kings cinema Entry Exhibition floor plan Exhibition entrance next to Kings Cinema
  4. 4. 1. The City Store focuses on the rise of the modern city department store and thedominance of brand names and advertising at the end of the 1800s. It also highlightstechnological advances in handling money, from the cash register to the centralised cashexchange system.‘… in Pitt Street and George Street you will find “commercial palaces” equal to those in London itself.’
  5. 5. Many Australians enjoyed a high standard of living in the late 1800s. Wealth generatedby gold and wool exports, together with the expansion of cities and general prosperity,created a revolution in shops and shopping.
  6. 6. Sydney’s Anthony Hordern’s lavish displaysCentralised cash exchange system designed to tempt customers.
  7. 7. AV: A retail story (19 minutes) Bushells tea window displayThe Bushells tea window display: It was produced by the Sydney firm O’Brien’sPublicity Services. It cleverly combined Bushell’s established use of exotic imagery with afamiliar scene of middle-class domesticity.
  8. 8. Providing for a community A world of goods Shopping by post Sound body and mind ‘I will pay you after …’2. The General Store: a universal providerIt explores the intimate relationship between local communities and their stores by tellingthe story of a pioneering Chinese–Australian family, the Wongs, and the small shop theyran on their grazing property near Crookwell, New South Wales.
  9. 9. Shopping by post: connecting city and A world of goods: country Bolong and international trade Interactive: Mail-order shopping, 1911 Try dressing a country teacher’s family and find out the cost of your selection. ‘I will pay you after …’: credit at the Wongs’ storeOn display are objects from the Wong family’s store which operated between 1880 and1916 on a sheep farm at Bolong, north of Crookwell in New South Wales.
  10. 10. Making do: A world of goods: drapery at the storeBolong and international trade Sound body and m health and education
  11. 11. Objects from the Wong Sat collectionProviding for a community: from the cradle to the graveLike other small general storekeepers, the Wongs provided more than just merchandise.Their store was an important economic and cultural resource for the community.
  12. 12. Wong Sat and AmeliaAV: The Wong family store Running time: 15 minutes A cultured household: books, figurines, magazine and riding crop 3. The Wong family: a story of migration and heritage Chinese-born Wong Sat and his English-born wife Amelia Hackney ran a general store on the NSW goldfields, and then further south at Bolong, near Crookwell, from the 1880s to 1916. This section explores the story of the Wong family and the community in which they lived.
  13. 13. Amateur photography:Henry Wong’s camera equipment Chinese shop objects
  14. 14. AbacusGuang Yu Long Trading House
  15. 15. Home delivery: shop wagonThis wagon belonged to Sat and Amelia Wong who ran a general store at Bolong, nearCrookwell, NSW, from the 1880s to 1916. They used it to pick up goods from as far awayas Goulburn (nearly 50 km, at least two days travel, away) and to make deliveries tonearby properties. The wagon was made by the Sydney Carriage Company around 1870.
  16. 16. Online resources1. What’s in store? exhibition and exhibition teachers notes, http://www.powerhousemuseum.com/exhibitions/whats_in_store.php2. Transport exhibition teachers notes and pre-visit slideshow, http:// www.powerhousemuseum.com/exhibitions/transport.asp3. Locomotive No. 1 exhibition teachers notes and pre-visit slideshow, http://www.powerhousemuseum.com/exhibitions/locomotive1.asp4. History of Rail in Australia, http:// www.infrastructure.gov.au/rail/trains/history.aspx Relevant education program1. Life in the Gold Rush workshop for yrs 5-6 http://www.powerhousemuseum.com/pdf/education/Education_brochure _July2012.pdf Image credit: All images used are from the Powerhouse Museum collection -: Powerhouse Museum Learning :-