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BOTHWELL. "On the corner of Queen Street was the Ironmongery, Hardware, Bakery and General Store that sold everything... The store had compressed air money tubes that whizzed along wires to an overhead cash desk. The change would be loaded into the pneumatic tube and shot down a wire to stop with a clunk at the counter in front of you." Bothwell Community Portal

DEVONPORT. River Don Trading Company. Wire system. Devonport Times, Jan. 2002

HOBART. W.E. Best, Elizabeth Street. "In recent years, as the size and scope of retail business establishments have increased, there has arisen a demand for a cash carrying service of great speed and wide range of action from a convenient location, which is apropos of Messrs W.E. Best and Co. 's establishment in Elizabeth-street. Since the completion of their large Palace Emporium, the necessity for such a system became increasingly evident, and there has now been installed a very unique and most elaborate service, known as the Lawson [sic] Perfection Cable System of cash railways. It is the first of its kind to be installed in Tasmania, and, as far as is known, only two other establishments in Australasia are so fitted: but orders have been received from a large number of prominent firms. It is doubtful if a more expeditious and convenient system has ever been conceived. The system is operated by a continuously running linen cable, driven by a small electric motor. The cash-box travels on nickel rods, a depression of the grip fixing it on to the cable. It is taken to its destination at the rate of 25 ft. per second. The cash-box is madeof light steel and vulcanite, and has a spring lid, which flies open by slight pressure of the hand. For the promises under notice, there are twelve despatch stations, which are equal to tho requirements of 40 to 50 sales people The receiving station is on the first floor, and it is a very interesting operation to watch the arrival and despatch of the 'cars'on their several routes. They travel with such rapidity, arrive from so many different stations, on so many different lines, at such frequent intervals, that requires a cool head, though everything is very simple, to avoid 'collisions' and the consequent disarrangement ot the service. The advantage of this system is indicated in the fact that with it a young lady at Messrs. Best's Emporium is able to do the work that formerly took six to do, and do it much more quickly, only half a minute, sometimes less, elapsing in the despatch and return of the box. Its use enables the centralisation of the cash business at one point, and without loss of time, which is a great advantage in large establishments. Mercury (Hobart) 3 Feb. 1905, p.5

HOBART. Andrew Mather. "The shop forms the largest and most imposing drapery saloon.. in Hobart, being 144 ft. long by 48 ft. wide. The 'cash railway' system has had to make place for Lamson's new patent rapid wire-shooting system, which would seem to be the height of inventiveness in this direction... The system is fully twice as rapid as the old one." Mercury (Hobart) 11 Apr. 1896, p.3

LAUNCESTON. Shaws, 86-90 Brisbane Street. "For sale - Lamson Wire Cash Carrier System. Six stations and cash desk complete. £20 cash." Examiner (Launceston), 3 Sep. 1932, p.13

starSHEFFIELD. Slater's Country Store. Flying fox system. Store founded in 1899. Sheffield website claims it is one of only six left in Australia. "The Slater's store is a wonderful example of how a store was set up earlier last century. The flying-fox money receptacle is still functioning although Grannie Slater retired when she was 93. She did all the money transactions from 4 counters while perched up in her loft attending to the flying-foxes." Australian IFFR website

 

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