The Government Retail Store at Barambah Aboriginal Settlement 1909

1909 – A building with four rooms and veranda is built as a retail store and dispensary.
“The retail store has proved a marked success, by not only enabling the native to procure, with the money earned at work, food and clothing for himself and family in addition to the allowance of rations, but has assisted materially in reducing gambling and drinking among them, by providing them with a means of spending their money to advantage, and by keeping them from town, where the temptations to drink assail them. The natives show their appreciation of the store by spending their money freely, and, as only serviceable goods of reasonable price are kept, the officers are able to satisfy themselves that the native gets some real benefit from the money he earns.” – Annual Report to Chief Protector of Aboriginals 1909


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