In 1963 a shopping revolution hit Canberra. Three levels of boutique and department stores, all fully enclosed and air conditioned: the shopping mall had arrived in Canberra!
Prime Minister Robert Menzies described Monaro Mall as ‘…wonderful, immoral, tempting and terribly satisfactory’ in his speech at the opening on 6 March 1963. An estimated 15,000 Canberrans flocked to the mall on the first day alone and it became an integral part of the nation’s capital as the city grew rapidly throughout the 1960s.
Skippy at Monaro Mall
Apart from the shopping, Monaro Mall provided a space for charities, community and arts groups, as well as visiting celebrities…