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New exhibition to explore history of shopping

Posted 23 January 2016 by (Hurstville News)

Mayor of Hurstville, Cr Vince Badalati is inviting members of the community to come along to Hurstville Museum & Gallery’s newest exhibition entitled Emporium – Inside Albury’s most famous department store , which opens on Friday, 5 February 2016.

Mayor Badalati said the AlburyCity travelling exhibition explores the historical rise of the department store, image-based advertising and ready-to-wear clothing in the 20 th century.

“The exhibition features one of Albury’s first and longest running department stores, Abikhair’s Emporium, which operated for almost 70 years,” he said.

“Abikhairs Emporium was a family business run by Syrian immigrants Saad Milham Abikhair with his wife, Shefia, who opened the store in 1928.

“The Emporium exhibition will display 1950s in-store fashion posters, along with women’s fashion accessories, foundation garments, menswear and haberdashery.”

Mayor Badalati said the exhibition will also focus on the role of women in the 1950s, and the evolution of fashion from the early 20th century.

“During the Emporium’s glory days, women were a household’s primary shoppers who were expected to buy for themselves, children, husbands and their homes,” he said.

“Abikhair’s clever advertising and reputation for good quality at reasonable prices was an important factor at a time when a woman’s choice of department store reflected her personal worth.

Mayor Badalati said at the official opening, there will be special guest speaker, former Vogue editor Kirstie Clements, who will talk about her involvement in fashion industry.

“I invite everyone in the community to come along and explore this special exhibition to gain an interesting insight into Australia’s history,” he said.

Official opening
Date: Friday, 5 February 2016, 6.30pm, Exhibition will be on show until 15 May 2016.
Location: Hurstville Museum & Gallery, 14 MacMahon Street, Hurstville
All welcome! Refreshments will be 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
Guest Speaker: Kirstie Clements
9330 6444


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