Huthwaites: The Friendly Store

Huthwaites The Friendly Store

Huthwaites holds a special place in the hearts and minds of Wagga locals. It began in 1906 as a general store and ironmongery, and, over the next 70 years, developed into a multi-faceted locally owned business selling groceries, clothing, fuel, building supplies and agricultural machinery.

With "the friendly store" as their motto, reflecting their focus on customer service and generosity to customers, staff and the community, Huthwaites became an institution. It ended in 1983 due to a failed corporate takeover – the new owners simply did not recognise the importance the store’s values and misunderstood the local market.

This exhibition grew from a very strong community response after the Museum of the Riverina began researching the Huthwaite's delivery bicycle in its collection. As research was undertaken, more and more former staff and customers came forward with happy stories of working with and shopping at Huthwaites. It became clear this was a significant part of Wagga's local story, and it needed to be told.

Explore the memories and wonderful stories of this Wagga institution through the exhibition, part of the Made in Wagga Retrospective currently on display.

Visit the exhibition

  • Opening times: Tuesday to Saturday 10am to 4pm, Sunday 10am to 2pm, closed Mondays
  • Dates: Tuesday 8 December, 2020 to Sunday 14 November, 2021
  • Location: Museum of the Riverina Historic Council Chambers site, corner Baylis Street and Morrow Street, Wagga Wagga
  • Cost: Free