Roselands Drive and Roseland Avenue
Municipality of Canterbury (Canterbury-Bankstown Council), New South Wales

The rivalry between Australia's 2 largest cities, Sydney and Melbourne, was intensified by the advent of CHADSTONE CENTRE, the nation's first regional-class shopping precinct. "Chaddy" had opened, in Melbourne's southeastern environs, in October 1960. 

It would take the sibling city 430 miles northeast some years to top Melbourne's mega mall, but this was eventually accomplished. A 30 acre site, located 8.5 miles southwest of Sydney's Central Business District, had been acquired by the Grace Brothers department store chain in 1958. 

The tract was partially developed with Belmore House, a country manor, in 1883.  In July 1946, the Roselands Golf Club opened on the estate. The course had been named Roselands as a homage to a local resident's spectacular rose garden.

Construction commenced on ROSELANDS CENTRE in June 1964. The fully-enclosed structure was developed by the aforementioned Grace Brothers and designed by the Sydney-based firm of Whitehead & Payne. It cost 12 million dollars to construct, originally enveloped 600,000 lettable square feet, and housed 90 stores and services.

The mega mall was dedicated, by New South Wales Premier Bob Askin, on October 12, 1965. At this time, ROSELANDS was the largest shopping centre in the Southern Hemisphere. 

The complex was a state-of-the-art shopping precinct in every way. Its primary anchor, a 3-level (257,200 square foot), Sydney-based Grace Brothers, was the largest suburban department store in the nation. The Gallery Level featured one of the world's earliest shopping mall Food Courts; the 7-bay 4 Corners Gourmet.  

Moreover, there was the Jack & Jill Child-Minding Centre with a closed-circuit television hook-up. This broadcast to several monitor screens located throughout the complex. Parents could leave their children at the facility and easily check on them from virtually anywhere in the 3-level mall.

In addition to its gargantuan Grace Brothers, ROSELANDS housed "mini-major" shops, such as Katies Fashion Store, a Coles Variety Store and Coles New World Supermarket. There were also a professional concourse of medical and dental offices, laundromat, Esso "petrol outlet", public Community Room and single-screen Roselands Theatre Beautiful.

Original shops and services included Pet Bazaar, Coffee Roost on the Terrace, Wilkinson's Pharmacy, Gallery Gift Alcove, the Viking Restaurant and Rendezvous Cocktail Lounge.  

ROSELANDS held its largest shopping centre in the Southern Hemisphere title for less than a year. On September 21, 1966, its size was surpassed by that of Greater Sydney's new BANKSTOWN SQUARE {2.1 miles northwest}.  

Other mall-type centres in the ROSELANDS trade area included MIRANDA FAIR (1964) {7 miles southeast}, WESTFIELD SHOPPINGTOWN LIVERPOOL (1972) {8.2 miles west} and WESTFIELD SHOPPINGTOWN HURSTVILLE (1978) {2.9 miles southeast}.

A proposal for a small expansion of ROSELANDS CENTRE created a great deal of controversy in 1977 but was approved in December 1978, with the project concluding in 1981. A third level parking deck was added. Target opened a prototype "new look" store in the mall on September 25, 1986.

Renovations were also done between March 1991 and August 1992, extending the retail area of ROSELANDS toward the north and east. The centre now encompassed 663,500 lettable square feet and housed 160 stores and services.

The Melbourne-based Centro Properties Group (a.k.a. Centro Retail) acquired the complex in July 1998 and renamed it CENTRO ROSELANDS. The Grace Brothers location was rebranded, as a Melbourne-based Myer, in September 2004.

Centro Retail morphed into a new entity, known as Federation Centres, in January 2013. A new corporate heading, known as Vicinity Centres, was established in 2015. The official name of the mall had reverted back to ROSELANDS CENTRE by this time.

For its first 28 years of operation, the ROSELANDS mall was located in the Municipality of Canterbury local government area. The "council" was renamed City of Canterbury in November 1993. It merged with the adjacent City of Bankstown in May 2016, with the Canterbury-Bankstown Council being created. 

A third ROSELANDS expansion has been on the drawing board since the early 2000s. A plan was submitted to the local governing body in 2003, but was rejected. A second expansion and renovation prospectus was submitted in October 2015. 

Under this proposal, the mall would be extended with a Southeast Wing, taking out an existing parking area. The Myer anchor store was to be downsized to 2-levels, with a cinema megaplex installed in its former third floor. 2 new supermarkets, a new Target discount department store, "Fresh Food Hall" (food court) and two carparks would be built.

After a major disagreement between Vicinity Centres and Myer Holdings (who operate the Myer anchor store), the renovation plan was indefinitely postponed in February 2017. However, Vicinity Centres plans on performing a mall-wide face lift sometime in the near future.

In the present day, major tenants in ROSELANDS CENTRE include Target, Best & Less (apparel & linens) and Coles and Food For Less supermarkets.


The Sydney Morning Herald
"Centro Roselands" article on Wikipedia