Centenary celebration for local bookshop

AUSTRALIA’S oldest, independent bookshop has ushered in a historic milestone, marking one century of operation.

Fullers Bookshop, located on Collins Street, first opened in Hobart on 16 February 1920 by the legendary Bill Fuller.

“For 100 years, Fullers has been a special part of Hobart life, through its many reincarnations at various sites throughout the city centre,” Clive Tilsley, who has owned Fullers since 1982, said.

“What has made Fullers both special and successful for a century has been the loyalty of its customers and staff for those 100 years.

“Fullers was also made special by both the Fuller and Pearce families, and others, who ran it for the first six decades.

“We have been proud to launch many Tasmanian writers and their books over many, many decades.

“We have hosted international authors, such as Margaret Atwood, who drew 1,100 people to the Federation Concert Hall for her book signing in 2001.”

Fullers has hosted Tasmanian book-signings for Annabel Crabb, Stephanie Alexander, Maggie Beer, Nigella Lawson, Richard Flanagan, Barry Humphries and Tracey Chevalier.

Fullers won Independent Bookshop of the Year in 2012, manager Catherine Schulz was named Australian Booksellers’ Association Bookseller of the Year in 2017 and in 2018, and Tim Jarvis (now PhD in philosophy) was named Young Bookseller of the Year.

Caption: From left, Mark Thomas, Cora Trevarthen and Fullers Bookshop owner Clive Tilsley.  Photo credit: Sophie Reid.

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