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BUNBURY. Thomas Hayward. " For sale: Lamson cash carrier System, 14 complete cash carrier units (overhead wire system), good order, inquiries and inspection invited. Thos. Hayward Pty Ltd. Bunbury." West Australian, 20 Sep. 1948, p.24

starCUE. Bells Emporium, Austin Street. Rapid Wire system. "A fine example of a country store which remains much as it was in its early days, complete with a now inoperative overhead money transfer system." Mount Magnet website. Photographs at Vintage Caravan blog

FREMANTLE. Fisher Beard (drapers), Adelaide Street. "Immense clearing sale... Lamson pneumatic cash carrier, with 11 stations and complete with motor and blower."  West Australian, 29 Sep. 1928, p.3

FREEMANTLE. J.A. Hicks., White House, 97-99 High Street. "The public are also cordially invited to call and inspect the new cash system just installed at the 'White House' known as 'Samson's [sic] Perfection Cable System', being the only one in the State - a marvel ofspeed and simplicity, and America's latest invention in cash systems. The motive power is supplied by a beautiful little one-horsepower gas engine." Sunday Times (Perth) 6 Nov. 1904, p.6

KALGOORLIE. R.D. McKenzie, corner of Hannan and Maritana streets. "The installation of the Lamson Perfection Cable System at the new and extensive premises of Messrs. R. D. McKenzie and Co., Ltd., at the corner of Hannan and Maritana streets, Kalgoorlie, furnishes evidence of a convincing nature that the management have determined to do all that lies in their power to facilitate the speedy transaction of business in their large establishment. Several hundred feet of tramways for the conveyance of cash from the counters of the various departments on the ground floor to the receiving office in the centre of the upstairs showrooms, traverse the place in all directions. Altogether, apart from the usefulness of the system, the tramways lend a decidedly ornamental effect to the interior arrangements of the commodious shops. The fittings for the due carrying of the cables and trams consist in the main of malleable steel polished to the utmost degree of nicety. Customers who choose to watch the movements of the assistants at the counters when it is desired that cash should be despatched to the receiving office and change sent back in return, will not take long to discover that the system is really anadaptation of the principles for working the cable trams with which the inhabitants of Melbourne, Sydney, and other big centres of population have become familiar. Probably the one exception is that the passenger trams are not called upon to execute the seemingly wild manoeuvres of the cash trams, which pass rapidly around corners, upstairs and downstairs, out into the far beyond, and back again in an incredibly short space of time, and with the greatest of ease and celerity. All the travelling is accomplished without noise, bustle or confusion. Everything runs like clockwork. The apparatus is distinguished by its simplicity. The small army of assistants at Messrs. McKenzie and Co.'s find no difficulty in its manipulation.
Three lines of endless cable have been installed in the building. They are operated by a one horse-powerelectric motor, which is enclosed in a polished cabinet adjoining the cash office upstairs. The motor sets moving a belt, which carries along to a counter-shaft under the cash clerk's desk. Wheels are attached to the counter-shaft. The endless cables 'begin' upon them. An assistant at a counter in any one of the shops on the ground floor may wish to forward cash to and get change back from the receiving office. He puts the cash in a specially constructed box and places the latter on a cable-car, touches a lever and the thing is off to the cashier, who opens the box, takes out the contents, puts in the change, and gives the car a little push. Before a stuttering man could say 'Jack Robinson' the change reaches the counter, and is handed to the waiting customer. The only limit to the system is that the apparatus does not perform the duty of a lightning calculator or deposit the change gently and politely in the customers pocket.
Mr. R. D. McKenzie, the managing director, who was determined upon securing a thoroughly efficient mechanical aid to the quick despatch of business, was very much impressed by the wonderful time-saving capabilities of the Lamson Perfection Cable System. Hence the present installation. Consider for one moment the speed at which the contrivance runs on an ordinary work day at the establishment. A box travels along the cable at the rate of 21ft. per second — or, say, a distance of 100 yards is negotiated in a little more than 14 seconds. It is stated that in the course of business at Messrs. McKenzie and Co.'s the time occupied in despatching the box and receiving change in return is much under the half-minute,' and more often than not the feat is gone through in 20 seconds. As has been mentioned there are three cables on the premises. They all communicate with the receiving office. No. 1 line has three 'home stations,' with six cars; No. 2 line, two stations, with four cars; and No. 3 line, three stations, with six cars.
The system has been installed by Mr. W. G. Haslett, an engineering representative of the Lamps and Stores [sic] Service Company, 234 Clarence-street, Sydney."

Kalgoorlie Miner, 19 May 1905, p.6

KALGOORLIE. Montgomery Brothers, Hannan Street. "In 1902 they established a store in Kalgoorlie... Montgomery's operated as an emprorium, stocking furnishings, manchester and clothing. The distinctive interior featured an arched canopy supported on cast iron columns. It operated a Lampson [sic] Rapid-Wire Service with ten lines; a flying fox system of cash service, used before cash registers... This building has operated as a restaurant since 1998 and has adopted the name Monty's." Kalgoorlie Tourism Brochure

KATANNING. Richardsons. "At the invitation of Messrs. Richardson and Co. a large number of ladies inspected their newly rearrayed departments, following on the addition of the new wing to their extensive business premises. Great interest was manifested in the spacious showrooms and millinery department, and in the new installation of Lamson's rapid cash carrier. " West Australian, 4 Oct. 1910, p.5

PEMBERTON. State Saw Mills. "Tenders are invited for purchase and removal of Cash Carrier System installed at our Pemberton Store." West Australian, 19 Jan. 1953, p.20

PERTH. Robertson and Moffat Successors, Hay Street and Murray street. "From Monday next .. Robertson and Moffat's successors, whose Murray-street business was confined mainly to furniture and tailoring, will then cut into the general drapery trade... That they intend to do it on up-to-date lines.. can be seen by a glance through their fine, new and centrally situated emporium, next to the Moana Cafe[?], in Hay-street and extending right through to Murray-street... Throughout the shop, the firm intends to install the pneumatic tube cash system, as being the most modern and convenient. At present, however, it is impossible to obtain this, so a rapid wire cash system is being put in as a temporary expedient." West Australian, 13 Dec. 1919, p.12. Became Aherns on 15 May 1922.

PERTH. Weidenbach & Co. (drapers). "By agreement dated August 19, 1902, the appellents, a foreign corporation, leased to Weidenbach & Co., a firm of drapers in Perth, a patent cash railway." Australian Digest (Privy Council, Judicial Committee, 1987?) p.42

 

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