History of Dimmeys

The dome on top of the tower was originally made of ruby-coloured glass and each evening candles were lit inside the dome and the red orb could be seen for miles.


However, with the threat of attack by the Germans during WW2, blackouts were enforced and  the Dimmeys dome could no longer be lit up. Due to deterioration, the glass panels were later replaced with copper coverings.

Recognised by Melbourne's Age newspaper in 1998 as Melbourne No.1 icon, Dimmeys has been a beacon for bargain shoppers for 162 years. Dimmeys present-day owners maintain the original owners' simple philosophy, "Give the Customer a Bargain".

In stores, you can buy national brand and imported menswear, ladieswear, childrenswear, manchester, homewares, giftwear, footwear and hardware at huge savings off recommended retail prices because at Dimmeys, "You Get More Than You Bargain For".


How do we do it?

Dimmeys' buyers are experts at finding national brand over-runs, end-of-ranges and goods with slight imperfections in large quantities. This enables us to sell this merchandise at 40-70% off recommended retail prices.


It is arguable as to whether Dimmeys, David Jones or Gowings is Australia's oldest retail store (we think it's us!) but regardless, just think of the changes the world has seen since Dimmeys has been trading.