Corner store photographs

Over a cup of tea talking with a friend it was brought to my attention that the trusty old fashioned convenience store is becoming dangerously close to extinction. I remember walking to suburban “corner” stores as a child to buy a mixed paper bag of one and two cent lollies and later as an adult shopping for essentials due to the pure convenience.  The reminiscing led me to take up the challenge of finding these  family owned stores around Brisbane. After seven hours of driving around and asking anyone who would listen to my plight, I could only find ten, which  was alarming. On my quest the  architecture was prevalent but was mostly being inhabited by other cottage industry such as hairdressing salons.

Dean Saffron - Photographer

The John Oxley Library has recently acquired a collection of six photo essays by Brisbane photographer Dean Saffron. The topics include: Brisbane corner stores, Bizzell's Garage in Paddington, the Birdsville races, repair of the cruise ship"Pacific Dawn", construction of 111 Eagle Street Brisbane and a series on transportation to work. See the John Oxley Library blog for updates.

Windsor Road, Kelvin Grove

Morgan Terrace, Bardon

Bent Street, Toowong

St Pauls Terrace, Spring Hill

Melton Road, Northgate

Stafford Road, Stafford

Nash Street, Rosalie

Manson Road, Hendra

Dean Street, Toowong

Stuartholme Road, Bardon


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You should check out Ridge Street in Greenslopes.

There are still a few in West End - Mick's Nuts Hardgrave Rd and Vulture St and top of Hardgrave and dornoch Tce and Hoogley St. Also check out Seven Hills Corso. And around Ascot and Morningside.Nice project.

Palm Ave in Shorncliffe and Queens Pde in Brighton still have good examples of corner shops. :)

Also at Greenslopes, corner of Juliette and Beatrice Streets. During the 1970's , the owner at the time, a Greek gentleman, would do up the weekly groceries for a number of pensioners in the neighborhood ready for them to pick up each week.

There is one on Banks St at Dorrington (Ashgrove)

There is the Venner Rd Fish and Chip shop at Annerley. As well as excellent fish and chips it also acts as a general store.

Great project. We should all keep our eyes out for these wonderful places. I think there's a neat one in James Street New Farm.

Great to see the little man is being recorded There is a shop on Sir Fred Schonnell Drive that has been there for yonks - they have a series of photos on their wall going back years- but see… for before floods and after

There is also one at Hoogley Street, West End -see The Centre for the Government of Queensland web site 2nd page of photos personnel assist flood clean up, Convenience Store, Hoogley Street, West End, January 2011.Digital image, collection of Liz Jordan.

There is the Captain Convenience Store on Fig TRee Pocket Road at Chapel Hill.Marty

The Spring Hill shop is the "new" one built by the Zappalas in the mid 50's. It replaced an old wooden building. I remember buying penny icecreams (not very often) on the way home from school just along the road.

Unfortunately, another one will shortly bite the dust... I have lived in Red Hill for 17 years and the little convenience store on Windsor Rd has been sold. the council has not given any future owner the right to run a store... so that's how it goes... I don't see how they can make a living from these stores unless they diversify... ie. sell fresh croissants on weekends rather than relying on fags, papers & milk.

Mum worked in two in Greenslopes in the '80s- Dunellan St and Ridge St- and there was a third on Juliette St. One is now a hairdresser, one still a shop/takeaway, and i am yet to check on the last. I miss them very much too! Nice study!

There is one on fkower st Northgate that is still operating