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ALBURY. Abikhairs, corner of Swift and Olive Streets. Opened in 1928 and closed in 1996 when Walter Abikhair retired at 96. "A popular trend was flying foxes for money, a ‘rail’ system that enabled stores to store their cash in a separate office. The register clerk would put the customer’s money and a receipt for their purchase in a ‘train’ and it would shoot off along the rail to the manager in the office, who would give the correct change and then send it back along the rail to the register clerk and customer. The system was in place in Abikhair’s Emporium for many years... The Albury Regional Museum sought and was awarded funding, and arranged to purchase the store’s unsold stock, old advertisements and office paraphernalia." Albury City Council website.
• "Now located in Ken Goffs tool shop." Facebook page
•  See also ALBURY in Museums, below.

ALBURY. Canns, Dean Street (about opposite the Art Gallery). Wire cash carrier. Scott Bishop and others on Facebook, 24/9/12

star ALBURY. Ken Goff (tool shop), 571 David Street. See ALBURY. Abikhairs above.

ALBURY. Haberechts. "Haberechts used this also back in the day." Facebook, 24/9/12

ALBURY. Mabel Clay, 517 Dean Street. "Wanted to sell... Complete showroom fixtures and fittings, now in use at our Albury store. Also Lamson cash carrier system, four stations." Argus (Melbourne) 3 Feb. 1939, p.14

ALBURY. Mates. "Mates also had a flying fox still operational in the 50's." Facebook, 24/9/12
• "The flying fox had gone by the time I started at Mates in December 1974."Richard Felstead on Facebook, 28/9/12

BEGA. Co-op Store. "Furnished with a delightful overhead cash-carrier which zooms overhead at a perilously low altitude." Account of 1963.

starBOOROWA, NSW. Model Store. "Built in 1919, it features a mezzanine floor and a cash carrier." Photo of exterior on Flickr

starBROKEN HILL. Browzers Bookshop. "One of the shopowners, Paul Lewis, repaired the system by replacing a perished rubber sling with rubber from a speargun. Paul says it is for demonstration only." Sydney Morning Herald Column 8

BROKEN HILL. P.Livesley. "Mr Vt. E. Greyman, of the Lamson Store Service-Company, Grenfell-street, Adelaide, is at present in Broken Hill making installations of wire cash carriers... P.Livesley (one station)." Barrier Miner, 25 Oct. 1929, p.2

BROKEN HILL. J.P.Martin. "Mr Vt. E. Greyman, of the Lamson Store Service-Company, Grenfell-street, Adelaide, is at present in Broken Hill making installations of wire cash carriers... J.P.Martin (rapid lift from basement to the mainstore)." Barrier Miner, 25 Oct. 1929, p.2

BROKEN HILL. H.S.Middleton. "Mr Vt. E. Greyman, of the Lamson Store Service-Company, Grenfell-street, Adelaide, is at present in Broken Hill making installations of wire cash carriers... H.S.Middleton (four stations)." Barrier Miner, 25 Oct. 1929, p.2

BROKEN HILL. Pellew and Moore. Cable system with 18 stations installed in 1911. Barrier Miner, 28 Oct 1911, p.8. See cable systems.

BROKEN HILL. Saunders. Cash ball system. "A series of elevated railways [are] suspended from the ceiling, radiating from a central cashier's stand to the different parts of the shop, and passing over the various counters so as to reach from one end of the building to the other -a distance of over 100'... Mr. Saunders is to be congratulated on the enterprise he has shown in being the first to introduce the 'Lamson' cash delivery in Broken Hill.  Barrier Miner, 13 Nov. 1890, p.3

BROKEN HILL. Torpys. "Mr Vt. E. Greyman, of the Lamson Store Service-Company, Grenfell-street, Adelaide, is at present in Broken Hill making installations of wire cash carriers... Torpy's (five stations)." Barrier Miner, 25 Oct. 1929, p.2

BYRON BAY. Old foodstore, corner of Lawson and Jonson Streets. Wire system - cash office was upstairs. Byron Bay website. "A gravity-and-elastic-powered version... The money would shoot up a wire to the first floor... The cashier tripping the catch at their end let the thing run back downstairs." Ivan Reid in posting to group, 16/12/04.

CESSNOCK. Co-op. "Blueprint plan, No. 4307 of Proposed Lamson Ball Cash Railway System. Cessnock District Co-op. Society, Vincent Street, Cessnock. Drawn by J.W. 4.6.1931." Index of Pender archives

COOLAMON. Co-op. Wire system. Shop is now IGA store. Up-to-Date Store

COOLAMON. W.A.Iverach. Moved there from Up-to-Date Store in 1932. Now a newsagents with false ceiling. Wire system. Some parts in store.

starCOOLAMON. Up-to-Date Store, 127-129 Cowabbie Street. Australian Heritage website. "The only known in-situ Lamson Cash Carrier System of its kind [cash ball] in the world".Bush Telegraph, 11 Nov 2003. See also Coolamon brochure. Video on Museum of the Riverina website

DENMAN. Campbell's. "The main store in Denman was Campbell's... The invoice and the customer's money were placed in a screwtop container which was then attached to an overhead pulley. One pull by the shop assistent and the money would fly over our heads to an office above, where the cashier opened the receptacle from its flying fox, placed the required change therein and, with a sharp pull on the dangling handle, sent the money whizzing back to the counter and customer. Fascinated little girls watched in trepidation." Joy McKean. Riding this road: my life - making music and travelling this wide land with Slim Dusty. (Hachette, 2014) ch. 3

starGALONG. Killicks Store. Wire system. (Up-to-Date Store documentation)

starGLEN INNES. Kwong Sing store. "Cash from sales and the dockets were conveyed by an overhead wire and pulley system to the cashier's office". Photograph shows "Tintara wines advertising mirror with one of the cashier's pulleys on display." (Rapid Wire system). Golden Threads website "Sections of the interior retain the features ... the old cashier's pulley". Migration Heritage Center website

KEMPSEY. Barsby, 8-12 Smith Street. "The store once boasted a change booth and a network of wires used to centralise transactions - the 'cash railway' as it was called. Remnants of this were still to be found around the storeroom into the late 1970s. Barsbys website

KRAKOTA, Byron Bay. Old Foodstore at corner of Lawson and Jonson streets. Flying fox system. Shelley Neller in Byron Times

MILLTHORPE. General stores, corner of Pym and Victoria Street. "We sold everything - haberdashery, drapery .. groceries, hardware and items for the kitchen. We had three departments - and what you see here in the photo is what the cashier/bookkeeper and the sales people used when a customer made a purchase. It is a Lamson Cash Carrier... That was in the 1950s". Peter Amos in Open ABC website, 5/12/13

starQUIRINDI. Reillys, 208 George Street. "Maintaining some of the features of the 1920’s ‘modernisation’ such as the Lamson flying fox cash carrier. This working piece of history, often demonstrated to curious visitors and children, carried customer’s purchase money from the counter to the accountant in the office at the rear of the store, and bring back the change." Akubra website .
• Closing January 2019. Photograph and video at Northern Daily Leader website

RAILWAY TOWN. W.Roberts. "Mr Vt. E. Greyman, of the Lamson Store Service-Company, Grenfell-street, Adelaide, is at present in Broken Hill making installations of wire cash carriers... Mr.W.Roberts, Railway town (five stations)." Barrier Miner, 25 Oct. 1929, p.2

ROCKDALE. Brysons. "The assigned estate of Bryson's Ltd., Rockdale... Included to-day are 3 stations of Lampson's cash carriers, complete." Sydney Morning Herald, 21 Dec. 1922, p.3

SYDNEY. Braschs curtain shop. Oxford Street. "Moira Lloyd remembers the magic of the machine she saw as a child in in Brasch's curtain shop... Her nanna told her it was called a 'flying fox'." Sydney Morning Herald Column 8

SYDNEY. Dymocks bookshop, George Street. "At this time Dymock's had a pneumatic air system. Each section had access to the air tubes and when a sale was made a docket was written out and this together with the money was put into the tube which was delivered upstairs to accounts. Any change was put into the tubes by the accounts section and returned to the sales floor. This system was abolished shortly after I arrived and each section was given a cash register." [He started in December 1966.] Collecting books and magazines website

SYDNEY. Farmers, Castlereagh Street. "Farmers and GBs still had the vacuum cash system - the salesgirl put the docket and cash in the canister, and Whoosh! ... off it went to some mysterious place, only to return with a clunk soon after with the change. MAGIC!!" David Coggins in posting to AUS-NSW-SYDNEY-L Archives 24/6/11

SYDNEY. Grace Brothers, Broadway. See SYDNEY. Farmers. Photograph of cash desk with about 7 pneumatic tube terminals and 7 wire terminals at State Library of New South Wales.

SYDNEY.  Greigs (haberdashers), Market Street. " I recall one such cash system in the 1960s at Greigs Haberdashers Market St Sydney." MargoZ in posting to Stampboards, 1/1/13

SYDNEY. Mark Foys, Liverpool and Elizabeth Streets. Pneumatic tube system until 1965. Pollon

SYDNEY. Hendersons fabric shop, ?Pitt Street. Pneumatic tube system in use in late 1960s. Posting to Aus-NSW-Sydney-List, 29 Mar. 2002

SYDNEY. George Hodgson Jnr & Co, Ashfield. Lamson Cash Ball system installed towards the end of October 1889. "At this period there were only two firms in the colony, besides Messrs Hodgson's, who had adopted it and one of them stated that it was a saving of $500 a year. The railway.. commenced in the ironmongery department; travelled round to the grocery, the general drapery, millinery, men's clothing, and each department of the business ... We ought, indeed, to be proud of a firm who would evince such energy as Messrs Hodgson are doing by the adoption of an improvement which is even now looked on as a marvel by the merchants of the largest cities of America and Europe...It was understood that the invention was a patent and could only be leased from the original proprietor." Ashfield Advertiser, 2 Nov. 1889

SYDNEY. Anthony Hordern, George, Goulburn and Pitt Streets. "Anthony Hordern and Sons have the honour to announce that the new Palace Emporium, on the historic slope of Brickfield Hill, will be opened for business on Monday next... The new palace emporium occupies a site of over three acres and afforrds a floor space covering fifteen acres... The pneumatic cash railway. The largest single installation in the world of this celebrated device for carrying cash, consisting of 15 miles of brass tubing, with appropriate machinery, and two hundred stations, is a guarantee against the delay people shopping sometimes complain of." Sydney Morning Herald, 9 Sep. 1905, p.10
• "The pneumatic cash system, the largest single installation of this expeditious cash carrier south of the line, has been augmented." Sydney Morning Herald, 24 Dec. 1909, p.1
• "The pneumatic cash system absorbs 15 miles of carefully-guaged, polished brass tubing, for which, in recent years, has been, to some extent, substituted cash registers distributed throughout the the various selling departments." Thomas J.Redmond. The history of Anthony Hordern and Sons Limited. Hordernian Monthly, Jan. 1928, p.58
• "Cissie took us .. to Hantny-ordens (Anthony Horderns) Universal Providers on Brickfield Hill, a huge fabulous store where you could buy everything imaginable. Overhead, little capsules whizzed about taking money and dockets to and from the cashiers... The wonderful shop was pulled down." Nancy Creagh Phelan. Writing round the edges: a selective memoir. (St Lucia: Univ. Queensland Press, 2003. p.12
• "There were the cashiers, the money counters, and the security staff. Plus the two guys that looked after the Lampson tubes.. The Palace Emporium had a beautiful brass system." Collecting Books and Magazines website

SYDNEY. Joseph Farmer & Co. (later Grace Brothers), Broadway. "Mother would seat herself on an Austrian cane chair in front of the handkerchief counter... The sale completed, a docket for 'two and thrippence' would be made out and mother would hand over a halfcrown piece .. whereupon the sales-girl would enclose the coin and docket in a container on a wire stretching from the handkerchief counter to a cashier in an elevated box in the centre of the floor. The container would then be catapulted, like a miniature flying-fox, to the cashier who would, by the same method, return the docket with the thrippence change." The memoirs of James Russel Shorter
Photograph of Grace Brothers by Sam Hood in September 1939 shows cashier and cash desk with about six wire propulsions and eight pneumatic tube terminals. State Library of New South Wales, Home and Away 19928

SYDNEY. Greigs, Market Street. "I recall one such cash system in the 1960s at Greigs Haberdashers." MargoZ in posting to website 1/1/13

SYDNEY. David Jones, Elizabeth Street. "The Tube Room, David Jones, Elizabeth Street store, 1930's. The Lamson Cash System, also known as the "pipe organs of commerce" was the payment system used in David Jones." New South Wales Yearbook. (Australian Bureau of Statistics, 1988) p. 390. "I remember .. watching my hard earned pocket money disappearing into the gloom to some mysterious inner sanctum." (Di Wall in posting to alt.fifty-plus.friends group, 16/4/03) Photograph of accessories counter with pneumatic tube terminal visible at State Library of New South Wales.

SYDNEY. Loneragans (dept store). Lamson pneumatic tube system in use in 1930s."Tags/notches on the capsule identified the sending sales desk and the receiving ststion - in this case the cashier's station.". Posting to Aus-NSW-Sydney-List, 30 Mar. 2002

SYDNEY. Pioneer House (?) "Auction sales... On the premises, 1st floor, Pioneer House, 117 York-street ... 1 Lampson Paragon [sic] cash carrier." Sydney Morning Herald, 28 Oct. 1931, p.8

SYDNEY. Mick Simmons (tobacco merchants), 119 King Street. "Great clearing sale of high-class shop fittings... on account of expiration of lease... Automatic cash carrier with all fittings for 2 floors." Sydney Morning Herald, 25 Aug. 1920, p.5

SYDNEY. Smalls, 243 Pitt Street. "Cash system, 6 station Rapid Wire for shop use, bargain price." Sydney Morning Herald, 18 Oct. 1923, p.15

SYDNEY. State Stores, Redfern Hill. Photo of "Manchester Department" with cash ball system in Pollon.

SYDNEY. Bert Sutton, 9 Parker Street, Haymarket. "For sale... Lampson wire cash carrier. 5 stations." Sydney Morning Herald, 13 Mar. 1928. p.1

SYDNEY. Sydney Civil Service Store. Pneumatic tube system. Photo (not very clear) of "where the pneumatic tubes centre (cash tubes collect to here)". Sydney Mail 16 Sep. 1903, pp.762-3

SYDNEY. Turner Bros. (drapers and haberdashers) Railway Parade, Kogarah. Business opened in 1906 and closed 1975. "Dockets, cash and change travelled from the shop assistant to the cashier’s cubical, high above the counters, and returned by the overhead cash railway. A most ingenious device used before the introduction of the American cash register." Turner Bros. Our history

SYDNEY. Woolworths, Argyle Street/ Adelaide Parade. Photograph of Bargain Basement with Rapid Wire system. Yesterday's Australia, Reader's Digest

TINGHA, NSW near Armidale. Wing Hing Long shop, 10 Ruby Street . Store dates from 1880s and served as a general provisions store, initially for the Chinese tin miners. Acquired by Guyra Shire in 1998 and now a museum. (Newsbrief / Museums & Galleries Foundation of NSW, vol. 2, issue 2 (Apr. 2000) p.1.) Photograph showing "one of the cashier's pulleys" at Australian Museums & Galleries Online

WAGGA WAGGA. Huthwaite general store. Cash-ball system. (Photograph at Up-to-Date Store, Coolamon)

starWALLA WALLA. Mackies. "One of the great things was how they would send the money across to the office.  The flying fox, that was terrific.  Put the money in and the docket and away she goes.  It would go to the office, they’d put in the change, no running over, backwards or forwards!" Walla Walla website.
• Shop closed about 1973. Now converted into cafe, second-hand shop and hairdressers but system is partially in place. Tony Brinkmann

WODONGA. Manns. "It was used in many a shop, manns in wodonga as well off memory. It was an 'in thing' in those days where the cashier had a lot more control and staff were there just to sell things and not handle the money. Facebook, 24/9/12

YOUNG. General store founded by Samuel Millard. "Their overhead cash railway is in daily use". D.Tattenham in This England, Summer 1975


starALBURY. Library/Museum. "Detail of the 'cash railway' from the former Abikhair's Store in Albutry [sic], NSW, now the subject of a wonderful exhibition, 'Emporium' at Albury LibraryMuseum." Photograph of two propulsions on Flickr

starLOCKHART. Museum. Cash-ball system, not in situ. (Up-to-Date Store, Coolamon and Miles Lewis, Australian building)

starSINGLETON. Singleton Historical Museum, Burdekin Park, New England Highway. Cash Ball system originally installed in Gearys Store, 1913. Australian Museums & Galleries website

starSYDNEY. Powerhouse Museum. Display of a piece of track, receiving basket, three cash balls (one marked "4 PRODUCE" and photographs of systems at Up-to-Date store, Coolamon and Huthwaites, Wagga Wagga. Seen September 2004 - may be temporary.

TINGHA. See above.

WINDSOR. Hawkesbury Regional Museum, 8 Baker Street. "The museum is in possession of .. remnants of a cash carrying system that operated on overhead wires and transported cash in small containers from the counter to a room out of view." Around You website


star indicates systems which are still there (as far as I know) though they may not be working.