shopfront – A E Fowler: news & cycle agency

Three men and a woman standing under the verandah of A. E. Fowler’s News & Cycle Agency c 1920-1935 from the Reginald Wood collection of glass lantern slides in the State Library of Victoria.

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This report appeared in The Argus of 16 February 1898 – it may be a hint as to the location of the photograph.  I’m unfamiliar with the landscape of the town of Bright and am hoping someone might recognise the church spire or know some of the history to put us straight.  The catalogue record tags the photograph as Stores retail – Victoria.

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4 Comments on “shopfront – A E Fowler: news & cycle agency”

  1. pellethepoet says:

    Wonderful photo Lynn. Thank for highlighting it. I love old photos of shopfronts. Indeed, I founded a group on Flickr recently dedicated to them – http://www.flickr.com/groups/shopfronts

    The location is Ireland Street, Bright. Geo-coordinates -36.728865,146.960866. This view on Flickr is very close to the perspective (only you can’t see the church through all the autumn foliage!) – http://www.flickr.com/photos/photojour/2734248081/

    The church spire is that of the Wesleyan Methodist Church (present day Uniting Church). You can compare the spire with this 1955 photo – http://nla.gov.au/nla.pic-vn4554216 – and this one in 2008 – http://www.flickr.com/photos/photojour/2727126769/

    I haven’t been able to ascertain exactly when the church was built or who the architect was, but it was most likely constructed circa 1878, which was when the nearby Wandiligong Wesleyan Methodist church was built. Certainly by 1883, when both church communities petitioned the Victorian Legislative Assembly to close the Public Library, Museum, and National Gallery on Sunday (Heaven forbid!) – http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/8537549

    As you’ve no doubt noticed, the SLV circa date is way off the mark. I’d say 40 years earlier.

  2. LOIS GALLUS says:

    THANK YOU LYN for highlighting this photo from the Reginald Wood (my father) Collection. Many of the photos appear to be a record of a school trip to the High Country of Victoria: Buffalo, Porepunkah, Bright etc. Maybe someone might recognise the School crest on the caps and jumpers. The leggings on some of the boys (spats?) and the dressing of the people at the Newsagency seems to indicate c1914 to me. I have no information about these slides.
    LOIS GALLUS


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