Hunter Street Mall & Surrounds

Many more pics to add. Work in progress. See also Those Little Streets Around Hunter St Mall

During the early and mid 20th century, inner Newcastle became less industrial and increasingly suburban. Hunter Street developed as a destination for commerce and retail, attracting even Valley, Lake, and outer suburbanites, especially with a rail link right to the top of town.

The scale and extravagance of Newcastle’s early twentieth-century department stores exemplified the region’s prosperity. Scotts Ltd. (later David Jones) and W. Winn & Co. P/L erected multi-level department stores with a depth of merchandise residents previously travelled to Sydney for. The opening of inner-suburban shopping centres during the 1960s triggered Hunter Street’s decline, despite the completion of the mall between Perkins and Newcomen Streets late last century.

Above: Hunter Street mall in 1983 viewed west from top of CML building.
Below: Hunter Street amll viewed south from Market Street at base of overhead walkway to Queens Wharf in 2014.

176 corner of Market Street on 20 April 2014.

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