LIVED AND GREW
Horderns' Romance of
The Bridge Commemoration number of the "Hordernian Monthly," issued by Anthony Hordern and Sons, Ltd., is almost a history of Sydney, so long has the name of Hordern been associated with the. business life of the city.
Before commencing the account of the establishment of the present busi- ness, the volume mentions how the first Anthony Hordern and his wife set
up in business; in 1823, he as a coach
builder and she as a milliner and dra-
per, when Sydney was a town of 15,000 people. Though the original Horderns later removed to Melbourne, their sons returned to Sydney; establishing the present business on its present site in 1844. The name of the firm was then L. and A. Hordern.
The volume, which is splendidly il- lustrated, describes how the firm out- grew its premises, and goes on the record the removal to Haymarket, the disastrous fire, the re-opening of busi- ness in the Exhibition Building while the ruins were still, burning, the trium- phal return to rebuilt premises. The removal to the present huge premises on the firms original site, and the sub- sequent continuous growth of business up to the present time are fully de- scribed, and much interesting informal tion regarding the present activities, of the firm is given.
Altogether this is a bright, attractive, and informative publication.