Find documents, photographs and objects in the Coles Myer archive at State Library Victoria. Coles and Myer are two of Australia’s most iconic retailing brands.
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Coles and Myer are two of Australia’s most iconic retailing brands. The Records of Coles Myer Ltd. and its predecessors, circa 1840-1990 consist of company and business records and a rich array of artefacts. The collection represents a corporate history of Coles Myer, and an economic, social and cultural record of Australia over a 150-year period. It includes information about a number of companies and brands, including Coles, Myer, Kmart, Fossey's, Grace Bros., Target, Katie's, Liquorland, Bi-Lo, Country Road, Starlet and more.
The archive includes share registers; minutes; reports; correspondence; speeches; catalogues; advertisements; press cuttings; photographs; architectural drawings; film reels; video tapes; audio tapes; store fittings; clothing; and samples of wares.
There are over 30,000 items in the collection, stored across 1 linear kilometre of shelving.
With the financial assistance of Coles, the Library has digitised 6000 items in the Coles Myer archive. You can browse and search these digital copies. The digitised collections relate to Coles and historically associated companies and brands such as Kmart, Embassy, Starlet and Farmland.
While a selection of Coles items from the collection have been digitised, more of the collection can be accessed in person, if you order items for viewing ahead of your visit.
For information about viewing collection items in person, visit the Access collection items tab of this guide. That page also includes a step by step guide to accessing the collection through our catalogue.
State Library Victoria collects Victoria’s documentary heritage, including records of businesses.
In October 2000 Coles Myer Ltd announced the donation of its archive to the Library. The donation formed part of the company's program for celebrating the Centenary of Federation. Coles Myer Ltd also provided substantial financial support to assist the Library with the identification, organisation, cataloguing, and conservation of the collection.
Coles staff journals from 1928-1986 are now available online. They include company news as well as staff social events, engagements and weddings. Issues also feature articles on overseas trips by the Coles Brothers and staff.