Book Review: Family history meets a Fortitude Valley icon in Melissa Fagan’s What Will Be Worn: A McWhirters Story

McWhirters, a heritage listed building sitting on the corner of Brunswick and Wickham, is a Brisbane landmark, these days operating as a shopping centre, an apartment block, and a very obvious map marker for those lost in the depths of the Valley.

But, in What Will Be Worn: A McWhirters Story, the name emblazoned on the well-known block is brought back to life, and the building’s lengthy career as one of Brisbane’s finest department stores races to the fore, with author Melissa Fagan envisioning exciting window displays, the toy section at Christmas and, perhaps most importantly of all, her fashionable family browsing the store and adding fine dresses to their accounts.

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