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Images courtesy of Albury LibraryMuseum.

Hurstville Museum & Gallery is very excited to present to you this gorgeous exhibition:

Emporium – inside Albury’s most famous department store

The exhibition, travelling from AlburyCity, features one of Albury’s longest running department stores, S.M. Abikhair’s. It operated for almost 70 years from 1928 and became known for its personal service, quality and vast array of goods.

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Images courtesy of Hurstville City Library Museum & Gallery.

Based in Albury, Abikhair’s Emporium was the region’s first department store. It was a family business run by Syrian immigrant Saad Milham Abikhair and his wife Shefia. Saad and his cousins arrived in Australia around 1895. They started out working as hawkers, supplying clothing and haberdashery to people living on farms and in rural communities.

For almost 70 years Abikhair’s was the region’s main mixed-class department store and a must-visit destination for men and women who could find something to their liking, regardless of their economic background.

Abikhair’s Emporium closed its doors in 1996 and Albury Council acquired a huge selection of advertising and original merchandise for its museum collection, which was eventually developed into this exhibition.


Emporium – inside Albury’s most famous department store presents a revealing look at the phenomenal rise of the department store, the advent of ready-to-wear clothing and the proliferation of image-based advertising during the 20th century.

Items on display include 1950s in-store fashion posters, along with women’s fashion accessories, foundation garments, menswear and haberdashery.

Exhibition dates:
16 January – 15 May 2016

Official opening:
Friday 5 February 2016, 6.30pm
Guest speaker: TBA
All welcome! Drinks and nibbles provided.
Feel free to come dressed in your best vintage outfit.
RVSP by Monday 1 February 2016

To RSVP, please visit the ‘what’s on’ page at www.hurstville.nsw.gov.au/lmg

Enquries: (02) 9330 6444
Hurstville Museum & Gallery, 14 MacMahon Street, Hurstville

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