Melburnians put their hands in the air for McEwans cult icon 

McEwans hardware store, which became a big part of the modern Bunnings, was a household name in the 1970s and 80s. It was a must visit, with celebrity handprints marking the entrance to the Bourke Street store.

As Melburnians crossed the threshold of the do-it-yourself superstore, they’d find the mark of actors, musicians, sportspeople, writers, dancers, politicians, an astronaut, a racehorse, and even a talented opera-singing dog.

  • Evonne Goolagong 
  • Jamie Redfern, singer  
  • Kamahl, singer 
  • Merv Hughes, cricketer
  • Colleen Hewett, singer
  • Heather McKay, squash champion  
  • John Bertrand, America’s Cup winner  
  • Paul Cronin, actor  
  • Johnny Letts, Melbourne Cup-winning jockey
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