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Photograph - Foys Department Store Decorated for Christmas, Melbourne, Dec 1957 Image Reg. No: MM 085044

Exterior view of Foys Department Store, Bourke Street, Melbourne, with Christmas decorations, December 1957. Photo taken by John Woods, who had migrated a few weeks previously and started work at Foys around December 1957.

Barbara and John Woods migrated to Australia as assisted migrants from Buckinghamshire on the MV Fairsea in 1957. The Barbara and John Woods Collection comprises documents and photographs that provide a comprehensive insight into the Woods' immigration experience, from the issuing of their passage tickets, to their arrival in Melbourne.
Landscape format, black and white photographic reproduction. Foys department store, Melbourne, Christmas 1957. Company John Woods came to Australia to work for.
Description Of Content:
Foys department store, Melbourne, Christmas 1957. There is a large "Santa Claus" model fixed to the front of the building. Various cars and a Melbourne tram can be seen in the street directly in front of the store.
Acquisition Information:
Donation, 2002
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 25.3 cm (Width), 20.4 cm (Length)

More information

Tagged with: buildings, cars, christmas, trams, holaday
Themes this item is part of: Barbara & John Woods, British Migrants, 1957, Images & Image Making Collection, Transport Collection, Post World War II British Migration to Australia
Primary Classification: COMMERCE & RETAILING
Secondary Classification: Department Stores
Tertiary Classification: buildings & grounds
Inscriptions: Front, in blule ink;

"XMAS 1957"
Format: Photograph: Black & White; See Dimensions
Place & Date Depicted: Foys, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, Dec 1957
Photographer: Mr. John Woods, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, Dec 1957


g.matthews Posted on 23 Aug 2010 11:53 AM
I was born in 1964, I clearly remember seeing the huge father christmas in the late 1960's. It was amazing to a small child. I also remember an annual rooftop carnival on the foys building. There was a ferris wheel which virtually hung over the edge of the building and could be seen from the street below. It was an exciting ride because it felt as if you were falling from the top of the building into bourke street. The father xmas and carnival were discontinued prior to foys being sold around 1970 from memory. I would love to see photos of the rooftop carnival, especially that ferris wheel on the edge of the building.
Murray Silvey Posted on 20 Jul 2011 11:55 AM
As a child this Father Christmas on Foys was a highlight on a trip to town at christmas every year for as long as I can remember. The moving forefinger beckoning shoppers in was always fascinating. It was sad when one year it all came to an end.
Kevin V Russell Posted on 23 May 2013 7:06 AM
Where is the photograph of Foys Bourke Street?
robert greer Posted on 26 Sep 2014 9:09 PM
I remember as a teenager seeing the loved ones doing a show there they my first band that I saw live fantastic
Madeleine Posted on 08 Dec 2014 1:24 PM
Yes, where is the photo? I didn't really want to read the catalogue entry.
eric welch Posted on 12 Dec 2014 4:25 PM
I remember my brother and I going to the Foy's rooftop as kids every Christmas. It was a great time.

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