A temple to commerce…

In the sleepy northern town of Bellingen in New South Wales, there stands this beautiful temple to retailing: Hammond and Wheatley’s Commercial Emporium; established 1900. A lyric poem in brick, iron, glass and timber, this building proudly sings the archaic words of  a bygone age: ironmongery, millinery, drapery, even emporium itself. Proudly maintained, it evokes pride and confidence. It would be a crime if progress were ever to threaten the existence of this cathedral of commerce.


The temple of commerce © Rob Walls 2010

A typographical poem © Rob Walls 2010



More poetry © Rob Walls 2010




The balustraded first floor © Rob Walls 2010

The ground floor lit from skylights high above. © Rob Walls 2010




Filed under art, Digital photography, documentary photography, Photographer, Photography, Photojournalism, Rob Walls, Stock photography, travel

4 responses to “A temple to commerce…

  1. Great shots, great building, great town.

  2. Astonishing. Reminds me of an exquisite bookstore that used to be an old theatre, in Buenos Aires. Same feeling of beautifully crafted spendour inside. The Bellingen cathedral is far more beautiful on the outside however.

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