Melbourne joined the push toward climate-controlled shopping hubs with the October 4, 1966 dedication of NORTHLAND CENTRE. Developed by the city's Myer Emporium, it encompassed over sixty stores and services.
Melburnians got their first taste of fully-enclosed shopping with the opening of NORTHLAND CENTRE, in the city's northeastern environs. The original 18 million dollar retail hub included a 35-stall English Market. NORTHLAND, the first of Melbourne's three directionally-designated malls, was followed by EASTLAND CENTRE, in October 1967, and SOUTHLAND CENTRE, in September 1968. The Myer concern planned for a WESTLAND mall in 1973, but it was never built.
Rendering from The Myer Emporium