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Ever walked past the Collonade, and wondered about the display of shoes and hats in the window?
They are the creations of Bischoff Design's Cobler/Milliner Darren.
Darren who grew up in Annandale, took up Shoe Making 1994 and hat making in 2000. He learnt the skills of the trade from Ultimo Tafe courses and now creates one off footware and hats.
Beautiful shoes have a long history in Annandale. The Powerhouse museum collection, exhibit 85/434 Boots, is a pair or women's leather/silk/cotton, circa 1860 which belonged to Julia Johnston, George Johnston's Daughter.
A 1920s shoe factory in Trafalgar St, was given a second lease of commercial life as a Recording Studio for many years...more at 74b Trafalgar st
Boots and Shoes c.1924 shows the inner workings of a boot and shoe factory
Each book in this series is a self guided historical walk through Annandale. Each walk explores the people and construction of Annandale. Each book covers two decades of Annandales History a hundred years apart. The first book in the series, 1890s Annandale: A Short Walk, covers the 1790s and 1890s.
This page http://www.ramin.com.au/annandale/hats-and-shoes.shtml last updated 24 March 2010.