Small Business

Sila Espresso, Fitzroy
Arthur Koniaris barber, Fitzroy
Mediterranean Wholesalers, Brunswick
Kosovo TV & Radio Repairs, Fitzroy North
Monarch Cakes St Kilda
North Eastern Hotel, Euroa
North Carlton newsagent
Moreland Hotel, Brunswick
Aerial Batteries, Clifton Hill
Blight’s Shoe Repairs, Elsternwick
Hattams Menswear, Elsternwick
Teresa Frock Salon, Albert Park
Niagara Cafe Gundagai
Thornbury Espresso, Thornbury
Golden Tower restaurant Melbourne
Anne’s Discount Fabrics, Brunswick
Toy Yeon Cafe, Chelsea
Marche Club, Reservoir
Smith Cakes & Aquilana Pasticceria, Fitzroy
Moonee Star Espresso Bar, Moonee Ponds
Patti Shoes, Lalor 2020
C. Maimone Tailor, Melbourne
Sammy’s Hairdressing, Cheltenham
Young’s Hong Kong Cafe, Moonee Ponds
Olympia Milk Bar, Stanmore
Touch of Paris Hairdresser, Melbourne
Franco Cozzo, Brunswick
Pelligrini’s Espresso, Melbourne
Giulio’s Hairdressing, Oakleigh
Former milk bar, North Fitzroy
Boronia Mall
Milk bar, Clifton Hill
Maria’s Continental Hair salon, Preston

14 replies to “Small Business

  1. When I lived at the rear of 768 High St Thornbury, I would tram back from Bundoora and try to keep my pinball habit alive on the tables at the front of Thornbury Espresso – I was a suspicious character to all of those playing cards at the adjacent round tables.
    These images are beyond any categorisation by quality – – as Minor White would say:”for technical
    information the camera was faithfully used” – -and so it as these objects you make come into being – documents and art = thanks David this work will be of value as long as there is humanity in this country.

  2. If you are ever in Ballarat, there is a wonderful hairdressers called Antonio’s Le Hair with photos of old Hollywood movie stars In the window which have been there for as long as I can remember. The main one features Marilyn Monroe and is surrounded by lightbulbs like the old theatre dressing room mirrors.

  3. Wonderful work David. Good to see my favorite table at Sila – looking forward to sitting at once lockdown ends. Did you ever get to photograph the Boomerang Italian Sports Cafe in Nicholson Street Nth Carlton. I photographed its interior in 1995 shortly before its closure. It had a unique glass sugar container / dispenser which ran the length of the counter on a rail. I will have to get around sometime soon to post my cafe interior shots from the 1990s.

  4. I just about teared up at the sight of Golden Tower. What an iconic licensed 24 hour cafe! I don’t think many if any of those exist anymore? It welcomed me in in all states with an ever changing cast of characters in tow, always happy to sling you a beer (or an “adult milkshake”) at whatever ungodly hour you found yourself huddled in a booth there. Melbourne’s own Bar Italia as sung about in the Pulp song of the same name.

    Thanks for your work would love to buy the book!

  5. Love these shots. As a Euroa boy, I was delighted to see the front bar of O’Keefe’s North East Hotel in there. What a gem.

  6. These photos are great! The Olympia Milk Bar sadly gone. The North Eastern Hotel in Euroa is as great as ever!!!!!!!

  7. Hi there, am wondering where I might be able to purchase your book Small Businesses. I’ve tried Readings and with no luck. I look forward to hearing from you. Thanks

    1. Hi. I’m sorry to say that it’s sold out as far as I can tell. Try giving the NGV in St Kilda Road a call, I saw a copy there a while back.

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