|In the late nineteenth-century
Government street was an elegant and profitable business
address. Today, behind many of the original shop façade,
the street serves as the major tourist thoroughfare in
the downtown area. All along the street are shops which
offer up pieces of Olde England and local aboriginal art
side by side.
Some merchants, such as Murchies, Rogers' Chocolates and E.A Morris Tobacconist have operated in Victoria since the late nineteenth century. In addition to their historic architecture and interiors these stores offer interesting glimpses of the relationship between empire and trade and are well worth a visit.
|Merchants are always keenly
interested in what the public wants to buy, and as long
as Government Street remains a tourist hot-spot it will
reflect changes in the city's tourist profile.
Today, Victoria is being defined as much by eco-tourism and outdoor vacations as it is by imperial nostalgia, and recent additions to the street, like Lush, sell products that appeal to the environmentally conscious without any mention of empire.
Time will tell whether the imperial theme has had its day on Government street.