Welcome to Foys: City, Prahran, Collingwood, Chadstone
AuthorFoy & Gibson
PublisherFoy & Gibson Ltd., Personnel Department Training Centre, Melbourne
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Booklet given to new employees of Foy & Gibson Limited as part of their induction training, introducing employees to the Company’s conditions and amenities.
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]
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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KeywordsFoy & Gibson (Victoria); Foy & Gibson Personnel Department Training Centre; employee orientation; training of employees; department stores; retail stores; handbooks and manuals; Melbourne; Victoria
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