Miss Smith Street: Miss Lorraine Flanagan - Miss Smith Street
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Foy & Gibson (also known as Foys) was one of Australia's earliest department store chains, modelled on Le Bon Marché in Paris and other European and American stores of the period. A large range of goods were manufactured and sold by the company including clothing, manchester, leather goods, soft furnishings, furniture, hardware and food. The first store was established as a drapery in Smith Street, Collingwood, Victoria by Mark Foy. Ownership of this business was transferred to his son Francis Foy in partnership with Willam Gibson in March, 1883. Francis Foy later sold his half share of the business to Gibson and moved to Sydney, establishing Mark Foys there. Gibson established a branch of the business in Perth and subsequently opened a store in Brisbane in 1903 and another in Rundle Street, Adelaide in 1907. In 1955, the company was bought out by Cox Brothers and in 1964, Foy & Gibson (WA) Ltd, including ten stores in Western Australia, was sold to David Jones. The Bourke Street Melbourne store was sold to Woolworths in 1967. [From Wikipedia, viewed May 5, 2011]
At head of title: Brochure
Brochure covers local charities which are benefiting from the candidature of Lorraine Flanagan, who has entered the Victorian section of the Miss Australia Quest. Includes advertisements from Smith Street traders, previous Miss Australia/Victoria winners, and local community historical news, including the history of the Foy & Gibson Company.
Gibson's partnership with Mark Foy was dissolved after a disagreement in mid-1884, and William Gibson became the sole proprietor. By the early 20th century Gibson's store and manufacturing works, one of the largest employers in Victoria, dominated the Wellington and Smith Streets area [of Collingwood, Melbourne]. A second store - the Big Store - opened in Chapel Street, Prahran, in 1902. After Gibson died in 1918, the firm was carried on by his nephew John Maclellan until it was taken over in 1955 by Cox Brothers, which went into liquidation in 1968. Source: http://www.emelbourne.net.au/biogs/EM00605b.htm
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KeywordsLorraine Flanagan; Miss Australia Quest; beauty contests; beauty contestants; retail stores; department stores; Foy & Gibson; Smith Street Traders' Association; Smith Street (Melbourne; Vic.); Victoria; Australia; history
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