Many writers have mourned the death of the Australian milk bar. Overrun by 7/11’s and increased trading hours by supermarkets, the unique little local shop has few finger holds left in the fabric of the modern Australian suburb. I was so pleased to come across signs of life in my recent wanderings only to find that both milk bars I had ‘discovered’ are now also fossilised and up for lease.
Having obliterated the milk bar and the local shops, another slow cancer is peppering the sleepy suburbs. Hoardings of a promised dream life in a heavily glazed apartment block are poised ready to swallow up the local garages, small workshops and pubs, to overshadow the low rise street-scapes. Locally, a short row of shops, an antique centre, the remnant of a corner store – perhaps a hardware – are all soon to be made over by the aggression of developers.
And the tentacles of this slow parasitic march are everywhere.
Glenville Homes’ displays a cheery signage: ‘Staff only – Strictly No Parking – Offenders Will be Towed’ which no doubt reflects the developer’s general view of the local community. Before their takeover the now vacant antique store, merely suggested there were chairs and tables inside and you were welcome to park where-ever you liked and come inside.
This lovely post with a short history of the milk bar in Australia and some great pics is worth a read