Tag Archives: Bellingen

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




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More postcards from the edge…

Breakfast on the road. A serious business, best conducted under a shady tree. The kettle on the gas stove is a visual joke. The Alessi kettle was the obligatory prop in every kitchen interior of every home design magazine of the 1990s. This one was a wedding gift from my brother, Andrew. At home it gathered dust. On the road it is used every day. © Rob Walls 2010

So far I’ve travelled 4,500km in 14 days. I’m now in Gunnedah in Central New South Wales to photograph the livestock auctions before heading to Dubbo and then angling back towards Sydney through the Hunter Valley. Here are a few more observations from my visual diary that might amuse:

Antique shop and hot rod 1932 Ford, Maclean on the Clarence River

In a rash of "bigs", the Big Banana at Coffs Harbour was Australia's first. I can remember having my picture taken in front of it 50 years ago. © Rob Walls 2010

One for Guido Benschop. Blueberry orchard, Glenreagh, near Coffs Harbour. © Rob Walls 2010

Odd juxtaposition, Woolgoolga. © Rob Walls 2010

The future? Maclean, NSW © Rob Walls 2010

Quick, I need those lemons NOW! Bellingen. © Rob Walls 2010

One oil spill too many? © Rob Walls 2010


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