Meanwhile, something bigger and better had come on the Aussie shopping scene. CHADSTONE CENTRE 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. [As a matter of note, after several enlargements, CHADSTONE CENTRE reclaimed its status as largest shopping centre in the nation].
Originally encompassing over 400,000 lettable square feet and eighty-three shops and services, the open-air CHADSTONE "shopping township" was truly revolutionary and the first of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere. For several years thereafter, Aussie shopping complexes would be referred to as being "Chadstone-like" or "Chadstone-type".
Rendering from the Myer Emporium