04 May 2023




Access a video of Department Stores More Than Shopping

UniSA Video
JJohn Martins Advertisement, CML Your Home Booklet, 1946
John Martins Advertisement, CML Your Home Booklet, 1946
Cheesman collection, Architecture Museum, University of South Australia.
Harris Scarfe, Rundle Street, Adelaide, 1937, McMichael and Harris Architects
Harris Scarfe, Rundle Street, Adelaide, 1937, McMichael and Harris Architects, 
 Architecture Museum, University of South Australia.
Hero Image: Snowden Brougham & Moulds Pty Ltd Architects,
West Lakes Mall, 1973, S388_11_15, UniSA Architecture Museum

Panel Discussion

Presented by The Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Centre and Architecture Museum, UniSA Creative, as part of South Australia's History Festival

Department stores have been prominent buildings in our urban environment not only for shopping but for the opportunities for social interaction they provided. Many South Australians recall the shop window displays, art galleries, community events, and cafeteria-style dining areas within the stores.

Join us for a Panel Discussion with University of South Australia's experts as they discuss the history of department stores and shopping in South Australia. Planning historian Dr Louise Bird will explore suburban shopping centres, Architectural historian Dr James Curry will uncover luxury and lifestyle, and Curator of the Architecture Museum Dr Julie Collins will discuss the architectural design of department stores.

This Panel Discussion complements the exhibition Gone Shopping: Department Stores in South Australia.

Purchase a copy of Dr Julie Collins's book, Department Store Architecture in South Australia. This 68-page illustrated colour book (18.5cm x 17cm format) is available for $20 (plus postage if required) from Pay UniSA.


The Architecture Museum in UniSA Creative is a cultural facility for the preservation of South Australian architectural records. Its invaluable research collection of architectural design documentation, drawings, photographs, artefacts and ephemera currently comprises over 400,000 items. The Architecture Museum promotes intellectual enquiry into built environment history, supporting research undertaken by staff, students, external researchers and the general public. The Architecture Museum is located at the City West Campus in the Kaurna Building and is open for research visitors by appointment. Visit the Architecture Museum website.



dr julie collins
research fellow and curator,
architecture museum, unisa creative,
university of south australia

Dr Julie Collins is Research Fellow and Curator in the Architecture Museum, UniSA Creative at the University of South Australia. Her interests range from the architectural history of therapeutic places to the study of architectural drawing collections and heritage. As Curator of the Architecture Museum she is responsible for an invaluable research collection of 400,000 items of architectural design documentation, drawings, photographs, artefacts and ephemera.  As well as managing this physical collection, Dr Collins researches and writes biographies, guides to sources and website content, while curating exhibitions and presenting public lectures. Recently she has written on the history of South Australian Architects and their works, architectural drawing collections, and on the relationship between buildings and health in her book The Architecture and Landscape of Health (Routledge 2020).

Dr Julie Collns

dr james curry 
lecturer, unisa creative
university of south australia

Dr James Curry PhD is a Lecturer in Interior Architecture at the University of South Australia, and Director of the Architecture Museum. He has previously worked in internationally recognized Architecture offices of Wiel Arets (Netherlands) and Kishio Kurokawa (Japan) and held teaching positions at Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology and The University of Adelaide. As a researcher, Dr Curry has published and exhibited on the architecture of Rudolph Schindler, Australian architecture and contemporary art practices. 

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dr louise bird
historian and adjunct research fellow
unisa creative, university of south australia

Dr Louise Bird (B App. Sci., M Land Arch (Research), PhD) is a historian who specialises in the history of architecture, designed landscapes and urban planning. Louise began her career in the conservation of cultural materials before moving into historical studies in the late 1990s, completing a research Masters in Landscape Architecture in 2006 and a PhD in Architecture in 2016. She has undertaken a variety of research projects including for the University of Adelaide and University of South Australia as well as curating the exhibitions. In 2018 Louise wrote Neighbourhood Shops: Park and shop centres in metropolitan Adelaide, 1955-1985. Louise currently works as a Senior Heritage Assessment Officer for Heritage South Australia while also pursuing her own diverse research interests.

Presented by
The Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Centre AND architecture museum, unisa creative 
as part of sa history festival


While the views presented by speakers within The Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Centre public program are their own and are not necessarily those of either the University of South Australia, or The Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Centre, they are presented in the interest of open debate and discussion in the community and reflect our themes of: Strengthening our Democracy - Valuing our Diversity - Building our Future. The Hawke Centre reserves the right to change their program at any time without notice.