UNCLE PETER'S BOOKS


HISTORY

Kath and Russell Barker opened Uncle Peterís Books on Australia Day (26 January) 1997 in a room at the back of a craft shop, Country Village Crafts, in the small heritage village of Bangalow in the far north coast of New South Wales. The shop was named after Russell's uncle, Peter Radford, a well-known English bibliophile.

Russell and his Uncle Peter, after whom the shop was named, at Uncle Peter's Books Bangalow 1998
In April 1998 the bookshop moved to the back area of the Bangalow Post Office. Postmaster Terry Bleakley had realised he didnít need all the space in the building to conduct the Post Office business, and invited Uncle Peterís Books to move in. The combined shop was known as the Bangalow Post Office Heritage Store. Within the Post Office, Uncle Peterís Books quickly gained a reputation as an excellent secondhand bookshop, attracting visitors from throughout Australia and overseas.

Uncle Peter's Books, Lismore, December 2011
Uncle Peterís Books moved to the neighbouring town of Lismore in February 2008. From February 2008 to October 2010, Uncle Peterís Books shared the shop premises (38 Carrington Street, Lismore) with another business, Kayís Secondhand Books and Sheet Music Australia. From October 2010 to March 2014, Uncle Peter's Books was the sole occupant of the shop. It ceased operations in Lismore on 29 March 2014.

Since 10 May 2014, Uncle Peter's Books has been operating at 29 Main Street in the village of Clunes, between Lismore and Byron Bay on the north coast of New South Wales.


Newspaper Articles

Uncle Peter's Books, Clunes, May 2014