So what has this rather ordinary building in Church Street, Richmond have to do with tigers? For a start Richmond is sometimes called Tigerland as the local football team is known as The Tigers. To the far right of this garish building, on what looks like black but is actually grey, is a small tiger face symbol.
Cute isn't it and nice that it has been retained, but why is it there?
McFarlane and Burns was a paper manufacturing company, with factories in both Wellington Street, East Perth and Brisbane (Grace, next to the hospital), as well as here within this building in Richmond and as you can see from these photos from the State Library of Victoria, the company used the brand name Tiger. I am not sure when the Tiger brand disappeared but I can remember their waxed paper and paper bags before the arrival of plastic cling wrap. Some of you may remember it too, having not seen or thought of it for years.