Shortly after the First World War Ivan Thompson, a pharmacist in Fairfield, expanded into the Diamond Valley by opening pharmacies in Etham, Greensborough and Watsonia.
In the early 1950s Norm Williams considered he was fortuante to be able to serve an apprenticehip with Ivan Thompson at his Eltham pharmacy. He was with the business when it moved in 1952 to the present site at 964 Main Road, Eltham, which was the first brick shop built in the Eltham Town Centre. When in 1958 Ivan Thompson decided to sell his pharmacies Harry Brown and Norm Williams were able to purchase the Eltham business and expanded with pharmacies in Fairfield and Lower Plenty.
At the next meeting of the Eltham District Historical Society, Norm Williams will speak about how Thompsons Pharmacy has developed. while continuing to supply a range of services for generations of Eltham families. His stories, supported by a collection of personal photographs and recollections, will entertain as well as give an insight into how pharmacy practices and the Eltham Shopping centre has changed.
Wednesday 8th June 2016 8.00 pm at Eltham Senior Citizens' Centre, Library Place, Eltham