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Georges Store

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Text from Walking Melbourne

The National Trust guide to the historic and architectural landmarks of central Melbourne

Georges Store

162-168 Collins Street


This impressive example of the Renaissance Revival was designed by Grainger & D’Ebro as the Equitable Co-operative Society in 1884. Following a fire in the drapery Geoge & George further down Collins Street in 1889, owner and ‘landboomer’ Benjamin Fink moved that business into this building, and in the mid 20th century, it went increasingly upmarket. Imported gowns (and local copies), attentive service, innovative window displays and a refined atmosphere gave the store a unique cachet that attracted generations of female shoppers looking for that special something, until it sadly closed down in1995, only to reopen in 1997, close again, and reopen in 2002 but only on one floor, now simply housing a number of boutiques and restaurants.


Georges, on the north side of Collins Street between Swanston and Russell Streets.

We see it decorated in the photograph below for the 1954 Royal Visit.


Georges with Decorations for the 1956 Olympic Games.


A cyclotorium occupied the entire top floor of Georges in the 1890s.


A blast from the past.

The first Georges store in Melbourne known back then as George & George was on the north side of Collins Street between Swanston and Elizabeth Streets.

It was lost due to fire on Friday the 13th of September 1889.


Photograph I have taken recently of the Georges Building.

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The Store On the Hill

Keith Dunstan 

The Macmilllan Company of Australia Pty Ltd

First published in 1979


Out of print


Georges of Collins Street, Melbourne, has a reputation for superior quality equal to that enjoyed by Harrods or Fortnum & Mason of London, and Bergdorf Goodman of New York.

This is the story of Georges first 100 years and its remarkable battle to survive and prosper from its unenviable position on a hill in Collins Street between two churches.


It’s sad to know that this great store is now gone, the detail in which this book goes in describing this store is remarkable.

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Georges in 1913.

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Annette Cooper

Large coffee table book available now!

When Georges closed its doors on 5 October 1995, it had been trading for 115 years. Yet this famous department store, situated in the ‘Paris End’ of Collins Street, still lingers in the minds of many today.

Remembering Georges documents the memories of staff and clients before this living connection fades. The unique ‘voice’ of each interviewee shines through, because the memories are in their own words.

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Development & Planning

Wednesday, December 13, 2017 - 12:00
The swirl of development activity in Footscray has found another gear as new projects are submitted for approval, or are on the verge of beginning construction. Two separate planning applications have been advertised by Maribyrnong City Council; their subsequent addition to the Urban Melbourne Project Database has seen the overall number of apartment developments within Footscray in development swell to 40.

Policy, Culture & Opinion

Monday, November 20, 2017 - 12:00
The marriage of old and new can be a difficult process, particularly when the existing structure has intrinsic heritage value. In previous times Fitzroy's 237 Napier Street served as the home of furniture manufacturer C.F. Rojo and Sons. Taking root during 1887, Christobel Rojo oversaw operations though over time the site would become home to furniture manufacturer Thonet.


Visual Melbourne

Friday, August 25, 2017 - 07:00
The former site of John Batman's home, Batman's Hill is entering the final stages of its redevelopment. Collins Square's final tower has begun its skyward ascent, as has Lendlease's Melbourne Quarter Commercial and Residential precinct already. Melbourne Quarter's first stage is at construction and involves a new 12-storey home for consultancy firm Arup along with a skypark.

Transport & Design

Friday, December 15, 2017 - 11:00
Infrastructure Victoria unveiled a new round of research into its larger programme of work dealing with managing transport demand. The authority contracted Arup and KPMG to produce the Melbourne Activity Based Model (MABM) and while it is new, it is considered fit for purpose in the strategic context.

Sustainability & Environment

Tuesday, October 24, 2017 - 12:00
Cbus Property's office development for Medibank at 720 Bourke Street in Docklands recently became the first Australian existing property to receive a WELL Certification, Gold Shell and Core rating. The WELL rating goes beyond sustainable building features with a greater focus on the health and well-being of a building's occupants.