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

Over a decade in the making, a richly nostalgic, colourfully illustrated, large photography coffee table book celebrating an iconic Australian invention, the milk bar! 

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  • ISBN-13: 978-0-646-98833-7
  • Hardcover
  • Pages: 424
  • Size: 26cm x 25cm
  • Weight: 2.3kg
  • Successfully funded via a crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter in April 2018.
  • Winner of a Silver Medal at the Australian Printing Industry Creativity Awards in the offset book printing category.
  • Proudly printed & bound in Melbourne, Australia by Ellikon Fine Printers, Collingwood, Melbourne.

    Blurb: 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 where there was a friendly milk bar on every corner.


    • Foreword by Tim 'Rosso' Ross.
    • Intro: "Milkshakes, Memories & Mixed Lollies" by Eamon Donnelly. Features milk bar memories from childhood, growing up in the 1980s, the brands, the ads, the essence of a corner store, the colour and design, the mixed lollies, milkshakes, the fading decline of the humble milk bar. All accompanied by brands and ads, archival and contemporary photography. 

    • "The Birth of the Milk Bar" by historians Leonard Janiszewski and Effy Alexakis from Macquarie University Sydney. Documentary photographer, Effy Alexakis, and socio-cultural historian, Leonard Janiszewski, have been researching and collecting, interviewing and photographing, publishing and exhibiting on the Greek-Australian historical and contemporary experience since 1982. Their project and archives, In Their Own Image: Greek- Australians, is based at Macquarie University, Sydney. Greek Cafes & Milk Bars of Australia (Halstead Press 2016) is their most recent book. They have written an exclusive never before published essay for the book titled ‘The Birth of the Milk Bar’ which charts to beginnings of the first Milk Bar opened in the world in Sydney in 1932, through to the invention of the Milkshake, the architecture of original Milk Bars, social changes of the times, influence of the Milk Bar throughout the world, all accompanied with rare archival photography, never before seen adverts, graphics and clippings from the archives of CAMBA (the Convenience and Mixed Business Association) dating back to the 1930s. 

      "We are thrilled to be involved with Eamon's book. His commitment and passion in documenting the fading days of the milk bar is evident. Having lost a few iconic Milk Bars in recent years this book is a timely reflection and a valuable keepsake of an era that is slowly disappearing. Eamon's photographs are influenced by his designer's eye - the shop exteriors show a high sense of drama with intense colour and counterbalanced by very graphic images of the advertising and signage." Documentary photographer Effy Alexakis and historian Leonard Janiszewski, co-authors of Greek Cafe’s and Milk Bars of Australia, Halstead Press, 2016.

    • "Memories from behind the counter top." Features memories and stories from past owners I have interviewed accompanied by their intimate family photographs from behind the counter top.

    • "The Milk Bars Project: Faded Facades, Sun-kissed Signs & Inviting Interiors." 300 pages of Eamon's photography of milk bars, mixed businesses, general stores and delis from all over Australia.