By Eamon Donnelly. (2018)
Milkshakes, Memories and Mixed Lollies.
Documenting Australia's Colourful Corner Shops.

ISBN-13: 978-0-646-98833-7

Hardcover. Pages: 424. Size: 26cm x 25cm. Weight 2.3kg.

Proudly printed & bound in Melbourne, Australia by
Ellikon Fine Printers, Collingwood, Melbourne.

Pre-orders for book two are coming soon!

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Everyone remembers their corner milk bar; the milkshakes, the memories and the mixed lollies.

Chock-a-bloc, richly nostalgic and colourfully illustrated, The MILK BARS Book will take you back to those hot summer afternoons when you met your mates at the milk bar and spent your hard-earned pocket money on a bag of mixed lollies, an ice cream or a milkshake, the place of childhood dreams. Documenting these sweet and colourful family run institutions, author and photographer Eamon Donnelly  has dedicated over a decade to capturing the faded facades, sun-kissed signage and inviting interiors of milk bars and corner shops from all over Australia.

Featuring photography of shopfronts, signage and interiors, archival ads of snacks and sweets, the history of the milk bar and family memories from behind the countertop, the milk bars book celebrates an iconic Australian invention that for generations has helped shape our suburbs, supported our communities, contributed to our diverse culture and given generations of children that glorious childhood experience of the milk bar.

Take a trip down memory lane to the days when there was a friendly milk bar on every corner.

Featured in

The New York Times, The Age, Herald Sun, The Today Show, SBS, The Big Issue, Broadsheet, Daily Telegraph, Daily Mail UK, Channel 31, 3AW, 2GB, ABC News, ABC Radio: Melbourne, Perth, Darwin, Gippsland, Broken Hill, Vice, Triple RRR, Studio 10, Jetstar magazine, Monster Children, The Design Files, The Australian, The Weekly Review, 2SER 107.3, Southern Cross News,
Geelong Advertiser and Desktop magazine.




"You've done us all a favour by creating this wonderful, compact, brightly coloured time machine for all of us, who lived there, to travel back to it - to see it and smell it all over again. Thanks for your kind recounting of so many lovely memories."

A. Dobrochodow, Malaysia.

“Congratulations on the launch of the book! It is PHENOMENAL- I've spent about 2 hours poring over the articles and photos. It's perfect in every way."

Frida Las Vegas, Sydney.

"Just received the fabulous book and it looks amazing. You have documented a very unique part of Australian history, which really formed a significant urban and rural visual landscape, and shaped many of my earliest memories of my childhood in the 1970’s. Thank you for such a valuable work."

 J. Jacobi, Victoria.

Kickstarter funded in 2018