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The Fall of Sydney’s Department Stores

Department stores like Anthony Hordern & Sons, Mark Foys, Farmers and Bebarfalds were once household names in Sydney, attracting huge numbers to the city.

However by the 1960s and 1970s they (and their furniture store cousins) had almost totally disappeared from the city. What happened to them?

Michael Lech from the Historic Houses Trust examines the forces that led to the demise of Sydney’s department stores and gives glimpse of the future of retailing in the 21st century.

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