Meanwhile, something bigger -and perhaps better- had come along. CHADSTONE CENTRE [that's pronounced "chad-stun"] opened, in Melbourne's southeastern environs, on October 3, 1960.
It was the nation's largest shopping complex until it was outdone by Greater Sydney's ROSELANDS CENTRE, in October 1965. [After several enlargements, CHADSTONE CENTRE reclaimed its status as largest shopping centre in the nation].
Originally encompassing 355,200 lettable square feet, and housing 73 shops, the open-air CHADSTONE "shopping township" was truly revolutionary. For several years thereafter, Aussie shopping facilities would be referred to as being "Chadstone-like" or "Chadstone-type".
Rendering from the Myer Emporium