PICTURES OF THE PAST - Greg Ray

These photos of the iconic Newcastle clothing company, Rundles, were made available by Peter and Andrew Rundle.

Rundles was founded by Richard Thomas Rundle in Thorn Street in 1908, moving in 1939 to the former premises of grocers Lane and Trewartha at 108 Hunter Street. 

In 1950 Rundles bought the adjoining three shops. In 1952 it became a public company and in 1959 it bought the R. Hall and Son warehouse.

At its peak the firm employed a large number of people, as seen in the first photograph in this series, taken in Scott Street.

Rundles founder, Richard Thomas Rundle.

Rundles founder, Richard Thomas Rundle.

: A Ralph Snowball photo of an early Rundles employees picnic on September 9, 1911.

: A Ralph Snowball photo of an early Rundles employees picnic on September 9, 1911.

Inspecting cloth, circa 1938.

Inspecting cloth, circa 1938.

The shop in Hunter Street.

The shop in Hunter Street.

The shop boarded up in wartime, 1942.

The shop boarded up in wartime, 1942.

Shop interiors, 1940s.

Shop interiors, 1940s.

Shop interiors, 1940s.

Shop interiors, 1940s.

Shop interiors, 1940s.

Shop interiors, 1940s.

Shop interiors, 1940s.

Shop interiors, 1940s.

Rundles workers making clothes

Rundles workers making clothes

Rundles workers making clothes

Rundles workers making clothes

Rundles workers making clothes

Rundles workers making clothes

Customer service in the 1970s.

Customer service in the 1970s.

Customer service in the 1970s.

Customer service in the 1970s.