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Manton's department store

Join this Vicfix campaign to look for art deco traces on Bourke Street

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About Manton's department store

From the mid-1920s to mid-'50s, Manton's was one of Melbourne's most popular drapery and clothing stores. The store is no longer a household name but stories about its Bourke Street site continue to resonate.

Contemporary reports note Manton's 1930s purchase of the neighbouring Theatre Royal, a venue with a history stretching back to 1855. The theatre's owners included the legendary George Coppin and JC Williamson. Architecturally, the site is also of note: the theatre was remodelled by stellar architect William Pitt, and Manton's architect was Harry Norris, who added his signature Jazz Age treatment. Manton's was bought out by Coles in 1955, and the Coles store was later recast as Target. It's thought Norris's art deco flourishes still lie hidden beneath Target's bland facade…

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To see our display on Manton's department store, visit The changing face of Victoria exhibition, Dome Galleries, Level 5.

Exterior, Manton's drapers, 226–236 Bourke Street, Melbourne, Lyle Fowler, ca. 1952

Manton's department store

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