Thursday, 16 May 2013

Marrickville Shopping Carnival

The Marrickville Chambers of Commerce organised a fortnight long Shopping Carnival commencing April 21, 1913.

During this time a window dressing competition ran where 33 local shopkeepers decorated their windows to display products made in the local municipality. The winner was R.W. Brereton, tabaccoinist (Sands shows a R.W. Brereton owning a Marrickville Road Hairdressers in 1912).

On Saturday April 26th a fancy dress cyclists' parade was held. There was also a childrens' sports meeting at Riverside Park, Undercliffe.

The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), Saturday 3 May 1913, page 8

At the same time a 5 mile amateur running race started from Belmore railway station, along Mooney street, to Old Canterbury Road, New Canterbury Road to Dulwich Hill terminus, and Marrickville Roud to Victoria Road. 39 runners participated and the winner was W O'Reilly from the Botany Harriers. Although advertised to start at 3.45pm the race commenced at 4.10pm owing to the late arrival of the train.

The shopping carnival was considered such a success that it ran again in 1914.

Marrickville Road Shops, 1922
Image Source: Marrickville Image Library

The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), Wednesday 23 April 1913, page 17

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