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.

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