𝗧𝗵𝗲 𝗝𝗼𝘂𝗿𝗻𝗲𝘆 𝗼𝗳 𝟰𝟯 𝗖𝗼𝗺𝗺𝗲𝗿𝗰𝗶𝗮𝗹 𝗦𝘁𝗿𝗲𝗲𝘁 𝗪𝗲𝘀𝘁

𝗧𝗵𝗲 𝗝𝗼𝘂𝗿𝗻𝗲𝘆 𝗼𝗳 𝟰𝟯 𝗖𝗼𝗺𝗺𝗲𝗿𝗰𝗶𝗮𝗹 𝗦𝘁𝗿𝗲𝗲𝘁 𝗪𝗲𝘀𝘁

The history of 43 Commercial Street West is filled with a rich tapestry of owners and transformations. From its humble beginnings to its current state as a thriving hub to 3 new businesses, this building has witnessed numerous changes over the years.

In 1938, the property was acquired by R Hutton, marking the beginning of its journey. However, this was just the first step in a series of ownership transitions that shaped what you see today. In 1965, the building changed hands and became the property of Cox Foy P/L , followed by Woolworth P/L in 1967.

A significant turning point occurred when the Commonwealth of Australia took ownership of the property in 1975. In 1987 the Australian Telecommunication commission leased the property for a 5-year term before becoming the home of Westpac bank in 1992.

Throughout its existence, 43 Commercial Street West has served various purposes, adapting to the needs of the community. It has been home to menswear stores, department stores, Big W, Australian telecommunications commission (unfortunately no pictures) and Westpac Bank. Each incarnation added a layer to the building’s history, shaping its identity.

In recent years, the building has evolved once again with the current owners. It is now leased as an entirety by Complete Commercial. Today, 43 Commercial Street West is home to three thriving businesses: The Salvation Army Thrift Shop, Centacare and the Limestone Coast Community Justice Centre.

As we look at the building today, we see a testament to resilience, and adaptability. The journey of 43 Commercial Street West showcases the dynamic nature of commercial real estate in the Mount Gambier township.

Please see attached photos of the era of Cox Foys P/L and Westpac

NOTES:

Titles and records supplied by the Mount Gambier History Group

Photos supplied by the Mount Gambier History and the Mount Gambier Library

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