Reading tea leaves in the 1950s

During the early 1950s, my mother would take her three daughters into town. For the outing, she dressed immaculately, including hat and gloves. We would always visit Brisbane Arcade. Even as a child, I was impressed by its elegance, history, and special character. We would wander the boutique fashion shops on the ground floor, then as a special treat we would climb the beautiful stairs for morning tea in the tea room on the balcony, where we would all have our tea cups read by the clairvoyant. Rendezvous tea room had been there since the arcade opened in 1924, and I think it only closed a few years ago.

Dorothy Gardam, Brisbane retailer, Gardams Fabrics