See also Morgan, Laing, Wolfe, and Market Streets.
During the early and mid 20th century, inner Newcastle became less industrial and increasingly suburban. Hunter Street developed as a destination for commerce and retail, attracting even Valley, Lake, and outer suburbanites.
The scale and extravagance of Newcastle’s early twentieth-century department stores exemplified the region’s prosperity. Scotts Ltd. (later David Jones) and W. Winn & Co. P/L erected multi-level department stores with a depth of merchandise residents previously travelled to Sydney for.
The opening of inner-suburban shopping centres during the 1960s triggered Hunter Street’s decline, despite the completion of the mall between Perkins and Newcomen Streets late last century.