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The first cash railway was at Edwards and Chapman in Brisbane, November 1888.
ALLORA. Nobbys Stores. Closed in 1972 and cash railway salvaged by the Historical Society and put in store. "Now the former store has been bought by someone who wants to reopen it as a Collectibles shop, and has offered a large sum of money to buy back and install the cash railway." AMOL Working with Collections website
BRISBANE. Allan and Starks dept. store, Queens Street. Still operating in late 1960s. Cash carrier. Bub
BRISBANE. T.C.Beirne (dept. store), 315 Brunswick Street, Fortitude Valley. Building was constructed in stages from 1902. "We have pleasure in announcing to our many customers and friends that we have secured a complete equipment of this best of all cash systems for the whole of our premises, with the central operating room, or cash desk, located in the counting room, on the first lloor of our new building, from which radiate the tubes to all parts of our premises. We are the first firm in all Queensland to adopt this most modern system of handling cash and messages, and have pleasure in extending a cordial invitation to our many friends and wellwishers to call and inspect the working of this system for themselves." Brisbane Courier, 8 Jun. 1904, p.1
BRISBANE. Curzons small dept. store, where Lennons Hotel was. Cash carrier. Bub
BRISBANE. David Jones, 196 Queen Street. New premises erected 1909-10. "The building featured .. pneumatic tubes for exchanging cash." Queensland Government Environment and Resource website. "Cullinanes's had those tubes. Actually, the original David Jones (big department store) in Brisbane had them last time I looked." (B.Christian in posting to alt.sixtyplus, 11/2/02)
BRISBANE. Edwards and Chapman, Queen Street. "Messrs. Edwards and Chapman, of Queen-street, have just had fitted up in their shop a ' cash railway'—an invention by means of which the assistants can send the money taken over the counter to the cashier and receive change without leaving their posts. This system, which was patented in the United States, has been in use in the leading business houses of Melbourne, Sydney, and Adelaide for some time past, and was introduced by Mr. E. Rowlands, aerated water and cordial manufacturer, of Melbourne and Ballarat, who bought the patent rights for the Australian colonies. During a recent visit to Melbourne Mr. Chapman, while visiting the leading drapery establishments in that city, had an opportunity of seeing the cash railway at work, and he decided to have one fitted up in the firm's premises in Brisbane. THe work of erecting the railway was performed by Messrs. P. Fleming and Son, of Albert-street, and superintended by E.G. Emery, Mr. Rowland's manager. The work was completed on Friday last, and the new system was successfully brought into operation at noon on Saturday.
BRISBANE. Edwards and Lamb. "Small old-fashioned one-level store with passage-way down the middle." Cash carrier. Bub
BRISBANE. Finney Isles & Co. (large upmarket dept store), corner of Adelaide and Edward Streets. 'Big Block' store opened in 1910 with "pneumatic tubes for exhanging cash" powered by its own generator. Purchased by David Jones in 1955. Fashion Archives website with photograph of 1910 showing a terminal.
BRISBANE. MacDonald and Easts dept. store, corner of Tank and Roma Street. Cash carrier. Three storey building plus basement cafeteria. In operation in mid-1980s but now demolished awaiting redevelopment. Bub
BRISBANE, McWhirters dept. store, Fortitude Valley, bounded by Brunswick, Wickham and Warner Streets. "McWhirters store was erected in four stages on land acquired between 1899 and 1929, by Brisbane draper, James McWhirter... McWhirters was the most modern and progressive of department stores with .. a pneumatic cash tube system which was the largest in the state. In 1955 McWhirters was purchased by Myers, a Melbourne-based department store chain, which continued to operate the former McWhirters complex as a department store until 1988... In 1989 the property was redeveloped as McWhirters Marketplace." Photograph of exterior on Flickr
BRISBANE. Overells. Fortitude Valley, opposite McWhirters. Cash carrier. Bub
BRISBANE. Palings music store, Queen Street. Wire system disappeared in 1970s. Shop lasted until 1990s. Bub
BRISBANE. Red Arcade. "Russell Wilkins ... settled at Irvinebank on Fairfield Road in 1892. He established the Red Arcade selling toys and fancy goods, complete with a novel cash tramway, worked by electric motor, carrying documents for scrutiny or change to customers." BRISbites website. This is presumably the firm involved in the case of Lamson Store Service Co. v. Russell Wilkins & Sons Ltd., 1906
BRISBANE. Trittons quality furniture, George Street through to North Quay. Cash carrier. Demolished in early 1970s and now the site of Queensland Law Courts. Bub
BRISBANE. Uhl's saddlery, Queen Street. Rapid Wire system operating in 1976. Lamson Solutions 1898-1998
CAIRNS. R.H.Kelly's, shoe retailers, Abbott Street. Pneumatic system in 1960s. Bob Norman of Cairns
CAIRNS. Harris Brothers, mercers and drapers, Abbot Street. Wire system. Moved to new store in Mulgrave Road - wire system is now a static display. Bob Norman of Cairns
CHARTERS TOWERS. Stan Pollard's Store,
Gill Street. Installed by Pollard in 1934, when he purchased the Daking-Smith
Book of Memories.
CHILLAGOE. See MOSSMAN
DALBY. Millinery shop, opposite Westpac Bank. "Still has the cash railway, used to carry cash from one side of the shop to the other." (Dalby website)
GAYNDAH. Mellor's(drapery) 28 Capper Street. Gipe system. "This shop in Gayndah is still using a money handling system from the 1920s. It's the last shop in Queensland to still use a 'flying fox' change dispenser... 'This building was built in 1922, after the original one was burnt down in 1921,' shopkeeper Marianne Hodgson explains. 'The only thing to survive the fire was the flying fox.'" Photographs. ABC Wide Bay website
HERBERTON. See MOSSMAN
MAREEBA. See MOSSMAN.
MARYBOROUGH. Stuparts. "Every few weeks we'd drive to Maryborough for groceries... One of the shops, Stuparts, had ... a flying fox for taking the bill and the cash from the counter to the cashier up on the next floor. It consisted of a cable with a container attached... There would be a ting and the contained would fly up the cable... I wanted one at home so tried to make it but was never successful." Marjorie Abell. Midge. (Xlibris, 2014) , p. 80
MOSSMAN. Jack & Newells. "In 1981, Jack & Newell's in Mossman was sold to the Cane Growers Co-operative. These days it operates as Mossman Home Hardware... Before the days of cash registers, Jack & Newell's cashier worked in the upstairs office, and staff at the retail counters would send cash and dockets up for processing via an old flying fox system... At Mossman, the cashier had three separate lines coming in, one each from the drapery, hardware and grocery sections of the store... Jack & Newell used this system at their Mareeba, Chillagoe and Herberton stores as well, but the practice was phased out during the 1950s... Unfortunately, none of the old Jack & Newell cash carriers still exist." Mareeba Historical Society website
MOUNT MORGAN. James Stewart & Co. Pty. Ltd. (dept. store). Cash railway introduced in 1897. Ledger entry for 2 August shows that cost was 225 pounds plus installation. Building and railway extended in 1904. Business continued to 1929. Building is now town museum and has a piece of a wire system which may have belonged to the store. R.Macfarlane
ROCKHAMPTON. James Stewart & Co. Pty. Ltd. (dept. store). Cash railway installed
by about 1895. New building and extension to system added in 1898 - newspaper
reports on 9 and 10 Dec. New building in 1928 with Lamson pneumatic tube
system. 13 or 14 stations in 1950s. One station still in situ and working
and other pipework visible. Terminals were "extremely elaborate with
highly scrolled brass bodies - a work of art". R. Macfarlane
ROMA. Ace Drapers, 86 McDowell Street. "Formerly Hunter's Emporium, selling furniture, general drapery, clothing, ironmongery, groceries and other provisions... The current building was constructed in 1916 after a fire... The new emporium had electric light, a cash railway, and everything needed to make it 'thoroughly modern'. Aussie Heritage website
TOOWOOMBA. Baileys, Rutheven Street. Wire system "possibly still in operation". Bub
TOWNSVILLE. Johns-Grant Quality Store. "Our Rapid Cash Carrier is now installed." Townsville Daily Bulletin, 22 July 1912, p.6
WINTON. Corfield & Fitzmaurice, 63 Elderslie Street. "The Corfield and Fitzmaurice store is rare for the intactness of its interior space complete with many fittings such as shelves, display cabinets and counters for a traditional range of merchandise organised into departments. In particular the cash railway, or flying fox dispenser, is a rare example in situ of money handling technology of the early twentieth century... The current 1916 building is the latest in a succession of Corfield and Fitzmaurice stores on the same site which established the main street of Winton... A cash railway, known as a 'flying fox', for transporting cash and receipts between the counter and a central timber office raised to mezzanine level still survives." Queensland Environmental Protection Agency website.
BOONAH. Templin Historical Village. Cash carrier. Postcards website
CHARTERS TOWERS. National Trust shop at Zara Clark Museum. From Pollards store - see above. Some carriages are replicas from Vivian Rush Specialty Engineering.
MOUNT MORGAN. See above.
indicates systems which are still there (as far as I know) though they may not be working.