A group of 19 members met in Allman Park Ashfield for a pleasant stroll to view some old Ashfield mansions from mainly the late 1880s . These homes are a wonderful reminder of a bygone era and include homes owned by the Miles family (of which Bea Miles was a member) who were the owners of Peapes men’s city store which some of you may remember.
(Peapes’ slogan was “for men AND their sons” (the AND was in upper case, to stress the importance of intergeneration consistency in men’s style) and it was the place to shop if you needed any kind of gentleman’s outfit, from necessities to luxuries: jackets, shirts, hats, shoes, “an unusually smart shirt with tie”, “a distinctive overcoat”, “superior flannel trousers”.
Clothes could be bought off the rack or made to measure. Peapes sales representatives also travelled to country towns across Australia to conduct fittings, booking out rooms in hotels, advertising in local papers for men to come and have their measurements taken for suits.)