Coles Myer archive

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.

What's been digitised?

Over 6000 objects in the Records of Coles Myer have been digitised. Digitised items relate to Coles and historically associated companies and brands such as Kmart, Embassy, Starlet and Farmland. You will find digitised photographs, books, street and store plans, journals, instructional manuals, promotional booklets, product samples and catalogues, staff uniforms, company and industry reports, internal and external speeches and talks, and information about retail trends.

There are several ways to search and browse the digitised collections. These methods are described on this page.

Find digitised items using finding aids

What is a finding aid?

A finding aid is a categorised list of items within a library collection, grouped by topic and/or date. Finding aids help you to navigate the content of large collections. The Records of Coles Myer is a very large collection (it sits on 1 linear kilometre of shelving), so its content has been described across more than 60 finding aids.

Browse using finding aids

Explore the Records of Coles Myer by browsing its finding aids. Each finding aid describes a series of related materials; for example: MS13468/5-COLES016: Coles staff and personnel records. Once you select a finding aid to explore, click the Digital Items tab to browse collection items that have been digitised.

Screenshot showing Digital Items tab in a Coles Myer finding aid

You can also use the 'Collection overview & search' or 'Finding aid view' to explore the finding aid. Not all collection items will be digitised, but those that are will be identified with a small preview image (thumbnail),and the word DIGITAL in red.

Digitised item in Coles Myer finding aid

Browse photographs

You can browse for digitised photographs in the Records of Coles Myer.

Choose a category, for example Coles Staff, then click Photographs to browse.

Search photographs

You can search for digitised photographs in the Records of Coles Myer using the catalogue Advanced search

  •  Enter your keywords in the first line and then in the second line use the drop down for Series - Records of Coles Myer

Browse using Resource Discovery

Digitised records have been grouped in to nine categories, which can be browsed online:

  • Coles Staff
  • Coles Staff Journal (1928-1986)
  • Coles Stores
  • Brands and Advertising
  • Coles in the Community
  • Corporate History
  • Retail History
  • Annual Reports (1921-2006)
  • Coles Family

Coles staff photo

Buying Offices staff four women and four men in two rows front of Collins Street building, featuring Beryl Atkinson front left, Records of Coles Myer Ltd. and its predecessors, MS13468, COMY35071.


Coles Croydon store opening

Crowd gathered for opening day in front of Coles Croydon Store No. 204,

Records of Coles Myer Ltd. and its predecessors, MS13468, COMY34654.