The building still standing at the western end of the High St Mall, opposite Barney Silbert's corner, was apparently once called The Broadway. It is now a 7/Eleven. Wendy Lockhart reminds me that it was also the Sussan corner. Nixon took a photo of High St in 1896 which is reproduced in Hitchcock: 84. It shows this building with pediments as above, including the winged bird which no longer exists - tho the other ornamentation remains.
You have never seen the postcard at the top of the page. It is a postcard so rare the Battye Library doesn't even have a copy. Safe in a Swanbourne private collection it tells a story of a proud, thriving, and essential Fremantle business c1900. Below it is today's reality, with the original shopfront gone, replaced with soulless sheets of plate glass, highlighting a shop selling overpriced junk food. And another 711 lurks nearby in another Silverleaf tenancy. Looming over it all is the large glass box, totally alien to the gold rush roofscapes of Fremantle, also courtesy of Silverleaf.
Garry Gillard | New: 18 May, 2017 | Now: 6 July, 2017