Barwon Booksellers - Secondhand and Collectibles

About Barwon Booksellers

  • Barwon Booksellers originated as a market stall in nearby McLarty's Place, Geelong before moving to our current location at 2 James St Geelong in 1994. Since then we have become well known for our diverse range of stock and knowledgeable service. In more recent years we have also developed online stores of collectable books on both eBay and AbeBooks.

The Barwon Booksellers

In order of appearance...

Peter Downie has been involved with books, collecting and dealing for 35 years now. He started wearing out his shoe leather in tireless visits to the secondhand bookshops of Melbourne and wherever he happened to be. He managed McGill’s Bookshop in Melbourne and Griffiths in Geelong before he turned feral and decided to make his living selling secondhand books. Aside from books he is passionate about Wolverhampton Wanderers, terrier dogs, The Cats, PG Wodehouse and wine!

Anne Downie became infected with Peter’s passion for book collecting early on and joined him in his quest, absorbing an intimate knowledge of secondhand bookshops. She has worked as a trade book representative and has been with Barwon Booksellers as it progressed from tiny shop to large and erstwhile institution.

Ian Murray began at Barwon Booksellers in 1992. He is passionate about decent literature, cycling both high and low, and his children.

Gregory Day has worked at Barwon Booksellers since 2005. He is a novelist, musician, literary critic and littoral perambulist. He is passionate about the Aireys Inlet Eels Junior Footy Club, of which he is currently the President.

Andrea Mayes is a novelist and freelance writer who loves working with such 'treasure' as the books she finds here at BB. Andrea is the driving force behind our online sales department.

Eliza Feely, artist, illustrator, author of some of our favourite children's picture books, works in the shop through the middle of each week, keeping the place chirpy with her infectious approach to knowledge and books.

Dylan Callanan is a coffee-swilling multi-instrumentalist with a particular love of back porch banjo. He has an irrepressible passion for the wonders of Barwon Booksellers which two days a week he passes on most productively to our customers.

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2 James St, Vic, 3220

Ph. +61 (0)3 5221 8388

Mon - Sat. 10am - 5pm

Closed Sundays &

public holidays.