Monday, 1 June 2020

2000: Shopping Centres of the future - article

Below is an article that was published in The Daily Telegraph in April 2000 about the future of shopping centres. I have included an enlargement of the photo.

Source: Skelsey, M. 2000. "Clicking on to retail therapy". The Daily Telegraph, April 11: 18. 

Twenty years after this article was published, notice how every prediction in the photograph has become reality with the exception of free valet parking.

Music and Books are mostly sold online in2020, though CD's have been replaced with mp3 downloads or subscriptions to streaming services e.g. Apple Music. We are fortunate that some physical bookstores still remain, though surviving chains and stores have reduced their retail space where they still trade e.g. Dymocks Parramatta has relocated to a smaller site within Westfield Parramatta.

Fashion and Food stores have become the key to success for a shopping centre in 2020. Supermarkets are now regarded as the anchors for a shopping centre. International Fashion chains have built a strong presence in the past decade with a number of chains e.g. Uniqlo and Zara now viewed as mini-majors. Their presence has expanded from the Sydney CBD into major suburban centres.

Food Courts have evolved to provide better furniture not to mention that they have their own competition from upmarket dining precincts that provide restaurants, cafes and bars.

The article foretold the rise of  "click and collect" shopping. Not only it appeals in terms of securely collecting the item, but in the two decades since, it can be convenient for a person who needs it "now".

Finally, some Sydney shopping centres have had apartment eomplexes built above their centres since 2000 which have been associated with redevelopment of existing shopping centres including Southpoint Shopping Centre at Hillsdale, Stockland Balgowlah (formerly Totem) and Top Ryde City. Some residential complexes have integrated a shopping centre or retail space into their developments including Central Park Mall at Broadway (former Carlton & United Brewery site), East Village at Zetland and Lighthouse by Meriton at Dee Why.

The Rouse Hill Town Centre incorporates highrise apartments above the retail complex

Scentre (owner of Westfield Shopping Centres) floated building six apartment towers above Westfield Hurstville in 2017 but has not progressed since.

Saturday, 30 May 2020

Property Advert of the Week: 3 Pacific Avenue, Tamarama (1971)

Below is an advertisement for 3 Pacific Avenue in Tamarama dating from 1971.

Source: Parkes (Sales) Pty. Ltd. 1971. Untitled (Advertisement). The Daily Telegraph, June 12: 42.

What is disappointing is the absence of a photograph of the views from the apartments as it is located on one of the best streets in the suburb, which includes ocean views.

Apartment 14 was sold in January for around $1.5 million, which is a outstanding return on the $22 000 spent in 1971.

Monday, 25 May 2020

MILESTONE: The Airport Line turns 20 (2000) - Additional material

Last week, I focused on the opening of the Airport Line in 2000. This week, I will share additional media clippings that were not featured.

Below is another newspaper advertisement.

Source: Airport Link. 2000. "Catch a train to your plane" (Advertisement). The Sunday Telegraph, May 28: 38.

The Sydney Morning Herald published a special feature article on May 18 2000. I have enlarged the visual diagram.

For those living along the route, it meant one thing - higher home values.

Source: Hilferty, T. 2000. "Ready for takeoff: Airport Link to life home values". The Daily Telegraph, May 13: 7.

One teething problem identified prior to its opening was that ticket machines across the network had not been updated to feature the new stations.

Source: Bissett, K. 2000. "No tickets to ride on airport link". The Daily Telegraph, May 17: 5. 

As a bonus, ever wondered why the stations along the line were designed the way they are?

Source: Bissett, K. 2000. "Track to the future: New stations resemble airports". The Sunday Telegraph, April 1: page unknown. 

Saturday, 23 May 2020

Property Advert of the Week: Marsfield Land Release (1973)

Below is a 1973 newspaper advertisement for a land release at Marsfield. Going by the information this would encompass Zanco Road, Marsfield.

  Marsfield Land Release Ad April 7 1973 daily telegraph 40

Source: Midlands Realty Pty. Ltd. 1973. "Sewered Land Marsfield" (Advertisement). The Daily Telegraph, April 7: 40.

Monday, 18 May 2020

MILESTONE: The Airport Line turns 20 (2000)

Source: Airport Link. 2000. "Fly by Train" (Advertisement). The Sunday Telegraph, May 14: 51. 

On Thursday (May 21), Sydney's Airport Railway Line will celebrate twenty years of service. The $900 million line was built as part of extensions to Sydney's rail network in the lead up to the 2000 Olympic Games.

The line was significant as:

  • Sydney became the first city in Australia to have a railway line to serve its airport.
  • It was the first (and only) railway line to be built in Sydney under a public private partnership. 
  • Excluding the Olympic Park Loop (1998), this was the first new railway line constructed in Sydney since the Eastern Suburbs Railway Line (1979).
  • Commuters had to pay a station access fee in addition to their rail fare to cover the cost of construction. This was abolished in 2011 for those accessing Green Square and Mascot Stations.
Five new stations were built - Green Square, Mascot, Domestic Terminal, International Terminal and Wolli Creek. 

Wolli Creek also acted as an interchange station for commuters on the Illawarra and South Coast Railway Lines wishing to access Sydney Airport.

What was it like on day one back in 2000?

The public were invited to inspect the new stations and experience the line before normal operations commenced at 7pm.

Source: Airport Link. 2000. "The New Airport Line Grand Opening Sunday" (Advertisement). The Sydney Morning Herald. May 19: 3. 

The first full day of operation was May 22. The Daily Telegraph (Final or 2nd Afternoon Edition) reported that while activity was quiet along the new line, there were no problems with services. Feedback from commuters was positive.

The Sydney Morning Herald reported on May 23 (Page 8) that while services ran smoothly, overcrowding of trains was a concern with airport travellers struggling to fit their luggage. NSW Premier Bob Carr even advised luggage laden travellers to travel to central Sydney by bus or train. Taxi Drivers also believed that the line would ruin their business. Two decades later, it is ride-share services e.g. Uber that have impacted their business and not the train.

The need for luggage racks on the trains servicing the airport was considered but was dismissed. Two decades later - no change.

Source: Bissett, K. 2000. "Need for baggage carriages rejected". The Daily Telegraph, May 23: 11. 

A Courier Service was explored as well with no success.

Source. Wainwright, R. 2000. "Airport Link takes the bag at $8 a pop". The Sydney Morning Herald, May 24: 2. 

A new rail line also resulted in changes to timetables across the rail network, especially the East Hills and Illawarra/Eastern Suburbs Lines. Some stations on the East Hills line saw a reduction in services while stations between Glenfield and Campbelltown experienced increase services. However Travel times for East Hills Line commuters increased as services were now rerouted via the Airport Line, and those wishing to travel between Wolli Creek and Redfern had to change at Wolli Creek. Many Illawarra line services also stopped at Wolli Creek.

Source: Bissett, K. 2000. "Airport line changes all timetables". The Daily Telegraph, May 18: 9.

Next week, I will share some additional material relating to the Airport Line

Saturday, 16 May 2020

Property Advert of the Week: MacMahon Plaza, Hurstville (1998)

Below is a 1998 newspaper advertisement for the MacMahon Plaza complex in Hurstville.

McMahon Plaza Hurstville June 11 1998 SMH 33RE

Source: Colliers Jardine. 1995. "MacMahon Plaza" (Advertisement). The Sydney Morning Herald, June 11: 33RE (Real Estate Liftout).

Monday, 11 May 2020

2001: The QVB as Sydney's favourite building

In 2000, The State Chamber of Commerce surveyed Sydneysiders to identify Sydney's favourite building.

The winner was the Queen Victoria Building which received 33% of the vote.

This was followed by Sydney Tower in second place.

Rounding off the top five were:

3. The Sydney Opera House
4. The GPO
5. The Sydney Town Hall.

Results were released in early 2001.

Below is an article from The Daily Telegraph from January 2001.

Source: Skelsey, M. 2001. "Victoria's secret: QVB vote Sydney's favourite building." The Daily Telegraph, January 6: 7.

This is in stark contrast to the thoughts and minds of people in the 1960's when there were calls for the building to be demolished for a Civic Square and car park or even build a skyscraper.

We are blessed to have this building in our city. It adds grandeur and elegance to our city, but also provides our shoppers with a wonderful experience as they access the best shopping that a city can offer.

Saturday, 9 May 2020

Property Advert of the Week: Plaza Apartments Rockdale (1998)

Below is a 1998 newspaper advertisement promoting apartments in Tower A of the Plaza Apartments Complex at Rockdale. It is part of a three tower development that was built in the late 1990's. Residents are located above Rockdale Plaza Shopping Centre and is one of the very first shopping centre developments to incorporate highrise towers above the retail complex.

Source: Colliers Jardine & Richard Ellis. 1998. "Life's on Display: Plaza Apartments" (Advertisement). The Sydney Morning Herald. June 11: 33RE (Real Estate Liftout). 

Monday, 4 May 2020

2001: Meriton Apartments failed attempt to redraw the boundaries of Moore Park

Moore Park is not just a park. It even has its own suburb and postcode (2021). Moore Park also includes the former Sydney Showgrounds Site/Entertainment Quarter, Sydney Cricket Ground and the Sydney Football Stadium.

In 2001, Meriton Apartments was in the early stages of its redevelopment of the ACI Factory Site at Waterloo and asked South Sydney Council to alter the boundary of Moore Park to include the development. South Sydney council refused.

Source: Skelsey, M. 2001. "Estate meets its Waterloo". The Daily Telegraph, March 14: 26.

Saturday, 2 May 2020

Property Advert of the Week : The Rutherglen (1991)

Below is a model home that was on offer by Dainton-Gough Homes in 1991. The home itself was on display at Cherrybrook.

The Rutherglen Ad October 12 1991 daily telegraph 46

Source: Dainton-Gough Homes Pty. Ltd. 1991. "The Rutherglen" (Advertisement). The Daily Telegraph Mirror, October 12: 46.

Monday, 27 April 2020

MILESTONE: Sydney Airport International Terminal Turns 50 (1970) - Newspaper Supplements

Last week, I presented an entry on the opening of the International Terminal Building at Sydney Airport.

As promised, I would share scans from supplements published in The Australian and The Daily Telegraph. 

The Australian (May 1, 1970)

The Daily Telegraph (May 1, 1970)

Saturday, 25 April 2020

Property Advert of the Week: Sydney Park - Stage 4 First Release (1999)

Below is a 1999 newspaper advertisement for the first release of apartments in Stage 4 of the Sydney Park Village complex in Alexandria.

Sydney Park apartments ad september 25 1999 smh 23RE

Source: Charles & Stuart. 1999. "Sydney's New Living Quarter..." (Advertisement). The Sydney Morning Herald, September 25: 23RE (Real Estate Liftout). 

Monday, 20 April 2020

MILESTONE: Sydney Airport International Terminal Turns 50 (1970)

Sydney Airport's International Terminal in 1970.
Source: Anon. 1970. "Untitled" (Photograph). The Sydney Morning Herald, May 1: 2 (Air Traveller Feature). 

1970 was a big year for Sydney Airport. Not only did it welcome the "Queen of the Skies" - Boeing's 747 jumbo jet, it also opened a new international terminal complex. Before 1970, the international terminal was located where the Qantas Domestic Terminal (T3) stands today.

Plans were unveiled in 1965. Click here for my 2015 entry which provides further details. Several weeks ago, I posted clippings of one scheme which was to provide both domestic and international services in the one terminal and the eventual design of the terminal considered future domestic terminals at its northern and southern ends.

Above: A sketch of the International Terminal in 1970.
Source: Anon. 1970. "Untitled" (Sketch). The Sydney Morning Herald, May 1: 2 (Air Traveller Feature). 

Construction of the terminal cost $31 million, which was $11 million (5.5 million pounds) over the projected cost of 1965. According to the RBA Inflation Calculator, it would cost the equivalent of $365 000 000 in todays money.

Queen Elizabeth II opened the terminal on May 3, 1970.

To accommodate growth in passenger numbers and flights, major extensions to the terminal occurred in 1992 and 2000 with further upgrades in 2010 and 2016. Upgrades with Sydney Airport have become a normal way of life in recent years.

Other works have included the construction of a multi-level carpark, office block and hotel during the 2000's. In 2000, an underground railway station opened connecting the terminal with the City Circle, Airport and East Hills Railway Lines.

Initially, road access was only via Airport Drive, with a bridge built to link it with Marsh Street, Arncliffe and the Princes Highway in 1972.

Facts of Interest

  • Contained 400 000 square feet or 37 000 square metres of space.
  • Construction of the terminal took six years (three years of site preparation and a further three years for construction).
  • International Restaurant with seating for 200 people plus bars and lounges.
  • Parking for 2500 cars. Parking cost 20 cents per hour up to a maximum of $2 per day. 
  • Fifteen airlines used the terminal in 1970 and could process 14 000 people per hour. Around 70 000 (Needs verification) can be processed per hour in 2020.
  • Shops included a newsagent, duty free store and gift shops. 
Below is a cross section of the terminal as featured in The Sydney Morning Herald. Can you spot the similarities and changes to that of 2020? Unfortunately, there is no longer a public observation deck to enjoy the planes taking off and landing. 

Source: Anon. 1970. "Untitled" (Sketch). The Sydney Morning Herald, May 1: 2 (Air Traveller Feature). 

Next week, I will share newspaper supplements from The Australian and The Daily Telegraph. 

Saturday, 18 April 2020

Property Advert of the Week: Lakeside Estate, Lansvale (1971)

Below is a 1971 newspaper advertisement for the sale of land of at the Lakeside Estate at Lansvale.

Lakeside Estate Lansvale Ad March 20 1971 daily telegraph 53

Source: Parkes (Sales) Pty. Ltd. 1971 "Exclusive Lakeside Estate: Lansvale" (Advertisement). The Daily Telegraph, March 20: 53. 

Monday, 13 April 2020

1997: When Century Tower had the highest apartments in town

Below is a 1997 feature from The Sydney Morning Herald (August 14 1997) to promote the completion of the 50 storey/183 metre tall Century Tower. At the time of completion, it was the tallest residential building in Australia and in the Southern Hemisphere.

It would hold this record until the completion of the 74 storey/230 metre World Tower at the Corner of Liverpool & George Streets' in 2004.

Thank You to Richard Braddish of Sydney City Council for providing further information.

Saturday, 11 April 2020

Property Advert of the Week: Gavin & Shallala (1960)

Below is a newspaper advertisement from Gavin & Shallala dating from 1960.

Source: Gavan & Shallala Pty. Ltd. 1960. "Luxury Full Size Family Home" (Advertisement). The Daily Mirror, June 3: 32.

Monday, 6 April 2020

1992: Coles commences 24 hour trading

The situation with COVID-19 has led to a relaxation of trading laws for supermarkets to allow for shoppers to purchase necessities for the home.

But Supermarkets have had the right to trade 24 hours for nearly three decades. Coles took the initiative in 1992 when their supermarkets at Lindfield and Ramsgate began offering 24 hour trading. It lasted for much of the 1990's. This was part of the deregulation of shopping hours, which benefited supermarkets more than other retailers. They could open early and trade late.

Busier supermarkets usually trade 6am-midnight each day of the week.

Below is an article from The Daily Telegraph Mirror in 1992.

Source: De Vine, B. 1992. "Shop, shop, shop 'til broad daylight". The Daily Telegraph Mirror, June 23: 3.

Saturday, 4 April 2020

Property Advert of the Week: Boronia, East Redfern (1995)

Below is an advertisement for the Boronia apartment complex in East Redfern dating from 1995.

Source: McDonald Industries. 1995. "Boronia" (Advertisement). The Sydney Morning Herald, April 8: 3. 

Monday, 30 March 2020

Royal Easter Show Flashback: 1995

This week, The Royal Easter Show was to have commenced at Sydney Olympic Park, but will not proceed in 2020 due to the global COVID-19 pandemic. The last time that a Royal Easter Show did not proceed was in 1919 due to a global pandemic of Spanish Flu.

Despite its cancellation, I will proceed with my annual posting of the Easter Show as it was 25 years ago. This year, the focus is on 1995. However the coverage by newspapers was disappointing even with their preview guides. Normally they would give you great information about the Easter Show as it happens each year (including statstics on attendance etc) but this was one year of disappointment.

Easter Show advertisements focused on a certain theme each day with a highlights schedule included.

Source: Royal Agricultural Society of NSW. 1995. "Untitled" (Advertisement). The Daily Telegraph Mirror, April 8:  15. 

Dates: April 7 - April 18, 1995

Admission & Transport:

Admission Prices:

Adults - $13
Children - $7
Concession - $10

Showlink tickets were available combining a return rail fare with show entry. Free shuttle buses also ferried showgoers from the city to connect with CBD rail and bus services. 

There was an opening day special of $7 entry ($8 for Showlink tickets).

Had the Easter Show proceeded as planned in 2020, it would have cost $43.50 for adults if purchased at the gate, $27.50 for Children and $28 for concession. However, discounts applied if purchased online or at a Woolworths Supermarket. Public transport was also included. For an adult, assume it will cost around $10-$15 for transport to and from Sydney Olympic Park. Tourism operators were also selling tickets tickets.

  • Exhibition of the Countrylink X2000 tilt train which was used for a trial period on Sydney-Canberra XPT service. . 
  • The Yellow Brick Road walk - $6 bought a calico bag that would be filled up with food items from different exhibitors.
  • Batman spectacular each evening
  • David Russell Stunt Riding (Main Arena)

Source: Countrylink. 1995. "Catch the train of tomorrow at today's Royal Easter Show" (Advertisement). The Daily Telegraph Mirror, April 5: 4 (Royal Easter Show Supplement)


Showbags were on sale from $2 through to $10.  Had the show gone ahead in 2020, 355 showbags would have been on offer (down from 358 in 2019). 

Below is an assortment of Showbag advertisements which was one element not overlooked by the newspapers. This was your ultimate guide to what was available. Fortunately, these days, we can inspect show bags online several weeks before the show begins and see the items featured. Advertising of showbags in the preview guide has been scaled back as a result in recent years.

Coca Cola

Mega Bags - Compared with 1994, they went for a smaller commercial in the preview guide.

Candy World - I am the view that their showbags were better back in the 1990's than now. Check out the Pepsi duffle bag for $8.50 (up $1.50 from 1994)

Triple M Showbag

Nestle kept it simple.

Source: Nestle. 1995. "Nestle: The King of Showbags". The Daily Telegraph, April x: xx. 

Bensons however didn't list the contents of their bags in their advertisement.