Recently looking through some old Melbourne newspapers that date from the 1970s, a lot of memories came flooding back.
As you mentioned, so many of the retailers have now, either disappeared or morphed into other brand names. For example, Buckley & Nunn, Ball & Welch, McEwan’s Hardware, GJ Coles variety stores and Coles “'New World” supermarkets. Myers is still with us but it isn’t the same sort of store that it was in the old days. In Sydney there was Farmers (?) and John Martin’s in Adelaide.
Most of goods that were being advertised were either made locally or imported from countries such as Japan, America and England. And the majority of it was very well made, good quality and affordable merchandise in comparison to the total junk that fills the shops these days.
Anyway … a few specific product names that I remember…mainly from the ’ 70s …
First, looking at men’s clothing… I used to like Whitmont shirts and John Brown made excellent knitwear .
Sanyo, National, Marantz, Astor and Thorn manufactured very popular televisions, transistor radios and “stereo systems” …
Cars ? My first was a secondhand Valiant - a famous name in the ’ 60s and ’ 70s along with the Dodge Phoenix… both made by Chrysler Australia. The Austin 1800 was also made locally, by British Leyland ? And the legendary Holden Monaro. All long gone now, of course. In fact, the entire Australian car manufacturing industry has shut down
Eats and drinks ? Used to love Streets “Triple Treat” ice creams . Big Charlie, Scanlen’s, Bell Boy and Black Cat (licorice) bubble gum. Pascall Fruit Bon Bons and Rowntree Fruit gums.
Victoria was the manufacturing centre of the country and I started my working life in retailing in the Melbourne CBD in the ’ 70s. And, as for that side of things…the standard of service has, generally. dropped through the floor these days. Not sure why that’s happened. There seems to have been a major shift in the whole retailing culture and it’s probably one of the main reasons why more people are now , increasingly, buying online.