Big crowd for Woolies opening
■ 1930: BATTING for Benaraby on Sunday against a country team at Benaraby, George Hunt scored 234 not out, mostly as the result of long shots to the boundary. He was two and a half hours at the wickets. This is a record score for the Port Curtis district.
■ 1950: THE greatest crowd of shoppers ever witnessed in Gladstone was in attendance for the opening of branches of Woolworths and Manahans chain stores in Gladstone.
A rush was anticipated, and in preparation Woolworths had brought trained employees from their branches in Maryborough, Bundaberg and Rockhampton to cope with the rush.
However, it was impossible to enter the store after the opening at 9am and customers who were served early found it practically impossible to get out of the building.
The change in all departments was exhausted within an hour and additional change had to be obtained from a nearby bank.
Both businesses are housed in the one building, which can easily be claimed as Gladstone’s most imposing structure.
It was built by John Young and Sons, of Bundaberg and Gladstone. Specials on sale at opening of Woolworths – towels 4/11d (49 cents), pillow cases 2/6 (25 cents), long-wearing hide slippers 4/11d (49 cents), men’s Poplin shirts 12/11d ($1.29).
❝impossible ... it was to enter the store after the opening at 9am.