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The term shopping was established in England well before the first European settlers arrived in Australia, and shops quickly appeared in the new colony even though there was little to sell. This account traces the history of shopping from the first sales held on board ships in Sydney Harbour to general stores and corner stores, then the rise of the grand department stores and the cheaper chain stores, to modern supermarkets and shopping centres. It shows how men and women have had different approaches to shopping, how shopping has at different times been seen as a form of leisure, a chore, or a source of entertainment, and how ideas about shopping have changed with rising affluence. It traces the influence of advertising on the way people shop, the growth of the consumer movement, the history of regulation of shopping hours as well as the changing patterns of shopping in the cities, suburbs and rural Australia.
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Beverley Kingston, Associate Professor, Department of History, The University of New South Wales.Review:
`a brief but thought-provoking history of shopping in Australia ... Kingston is to be congratulated on having risen to the challenge set by this worthwhile series in an interesting and readable manner. As a racy inroductory text with a good bibliography, this book has much to commend it.'
Duncan Blythell, University of Durham, Australian Studies
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