Susannah Place Museum tea towel
Exclusive to Sydney Living Museums, this Susannah Place Museum tea towel was made to meet the demand of our many visitors to the re-created 1915 corner shop located at number 64 Gloucester Street, in the heart of The Rocks, Sydney.
Made from 100% cotton and featuring an image of Raymond Smith in the billy cart his father Ron made for him (photograph courtesy of Ron Smith), this unique tea towel is a handy souvenir or gift.
The back lane (Cambridge Street) where this photograph was taken was a popular spot for billy cart races in the 1960s. The Smith family were tenants of 74 Gloucester Street from 1956 to 1972.
Life in the Laneways ...
The streets and laneways of The Rocks were an extension of people’s homes and their lives spilled out into them. They were places to talk to neighbours, to hang washing and for children to play. They were also places of business for the street hawkers who plied their wares – Chinese hawkers selling household linens and feather dusters, the clothes prop man, the rabbito who skinned rabbits while his customers waited, the carts selling freshly caught fish, and the iceman.
For 90 years the corner shop at number 64 was an integral part of the community, supplying a range of household groceries and extending credit to its customers. Susannah Place Museum has re-created the ‘cheap cash grocer’ operated by the Youngein family from 1904 to 1930.
Material: 100% cotton
Designed in Australia
Made in China