Fleming's Corner Shop

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Fleming’s Corner Store was a disposal store which sold industrial clothing and footwear.

Flemings Corner Shop

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After changing hands many times, on 13 April 1950 the property was sold to Maurice Edward Renshaw who was a Medical Practitioner. 

Flemings Corner Shop

Fleming's Corner Shop St Marys
Photographer and date unknown
Source: Penrith City Library photographic collection

Professionals Real Estate St Marys

Professionals Real Estate Agency St Marys, historical location of Fleming's Corner Shop St Marys
Photographer Caroline Volkiene, 2017
Source: St Marys & District Historical Society

Fleming's Corner Shop

Fleming's Corner Shop was located on the western side of Queen Street on the corner with Crana Street. It was a disposal store which sold industrial clothing and footwear.  In 1974, records from Penrith City Council name the owner as J. & G. Bragar.

Prior to 1974 a 1943 aerial map shows a house, owner unknown, on this site.

Between 1944 and 1950 records show a number of transfers took place on this property.

Finally on the 13th April 1950 the property was sold to Maurice Edward Renshaw, Medical Practitioner.  At the time Dr. Renshaw had rooms on the corner of the Great Western Highway and Queen Street and planned to move into the new premises.  Part of this land was transferred to a Mr Cohen on the 26th June 1953. 

The Renshaw Medical Centre is currently sited on the portion of land around the corner in Crana Street.

This site was part of 600 acres originally granted to Mary Putland, daughter of the 4th Governor of New South Wales Captain William Bligh RN, by Crown Grant dated the 1st day of January 1806.

Interview with Caroline Volkiene

Video Transcript

My name is Caroline Volkiene and I am retired and currently the president of the St Marys and District Historical Society.

First recollection of the Flemings Corner Store it was actually the disposal shop. The store held lots of army like clothing, the belts and shoes but it also had work apparel. The walls were covered in gear just about anything you can have, you could have the old gas lighting that you’d have for camping and tents also.

The most important memory for me was from 1967. It was during the winter and the duffle coats were very much the garment to wear. There were usually black or you could get them in navy blue or a deep grey colour and they had toggles at the front white on white rope and a hood. We wore them while going out on the weekends to the footy or travelling on the train up to Katoomba. When started going out we would wear a duffle coat in the winter time which would keep you lovely warm and it also kept the water out.

My then boyfriend who is my husband now also had one and I think just about everyone had a duffle coat.  It was very hard to recognise anyone walking along the street. After I married my husband, he was a rigger and he worked with steel and was actually part of a company that put up a lot of factories in the Penrith and St Marys area.  Also he was on construction with the St Marys high school new hall, the first new hall that they had there. His work gear was Dunlop volleys, navy blue work trousers and shirt and the old army belt so they could attach their tools.

When the big shopping centres come in, that dragged the people away from the main street because it’s convenient for a start and also the shops that are in Queen Street are sometimes replicated in the shopping centres. It’s just different, people use to catch the rail to come to St Marys to shop, it was friendly and you knew most people and if you didn’t know them they knew of you or knew your brother or someone you were related to.

For St Marys, you didn’t have to go out of St Marys really to buy anything.  Everything was covered, you very rarely would go to Penrith.  I think I can remember starting to go to Penrith when they built Waltons in Penrith and I think that was in the late 70s. You didn’t really have to go anywhere outside of St Marys to get any of your needs.

Researcher: Caroline Volkiene

Caroline Volkiene Hackett Descendant

Caroline is a descendant of the Hackett family, one of the older families in St Marys. 

Caroline grew up in one of the “Duration Cottages” at the highway end of Carinya Ave.

Born and raised in St Marys she attended St Marys Public School then St Marys High School.  For many years Caroline was a student at the local Cuckson’s Bodenwieser School of Dance.  She also attended Sunday School and Church in the old Methodist Church that once stood on Queen Street.  

In 1972 Caroline was married there - the marriage ceremony was the last one performed as the church was demolished later that year.  Her wedding reception was held in Sirrah House (now the Major Oak).  The couple bought a home in South St Marys and raised three children there.  During these growing years the children participated in rugby league, softball, netball and music. They also became involved by helping out in the steak/drinks tent and later on various committees or as coaches, scorers and referees/umpires. Caroline’s working career was in Office Administration.  

Caroline is a member of St Marys & District Historical Society and enjoys the many shared memories about growing up in St Marys.  By recording and sharing these stories, photographs and memorabilia of those past St Marians’ she believes it helps keep alive the spirit of the many people who have contributed and believed in this place. 

Caroline is particularly interested in sharing memories of her growing up in St Marys during the 1950s and 1960s as it was a very special time.

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