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Bird's eye view of Melbourne ~ 1900s

St Michael's (Former Independent Church) and Scots' Church dominate the skyline.

St Enoch's is visible, placing this postcard in the period just before its demolition in 1911.

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licking lips with anticipation on what's going to come to fruition in this thread :D

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^^ Many and I mean many images to be posted. wink

1888 Exhibition opening parade, winding its way up Collins Street on the way to the Exhibition Building.

This seen shows the intersection of Collins and Russell Streets and yes, spire of St Enoch's is visible again, just a little further down Collins Street on the left (south side of Collins Street).

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Collins Street ~ 1950s

A winter's day in Collins Street and coats worn by everyone to ease the chill.

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The second Princes Bridge, opened in 1851, single span 150ft (46m) made of bluestone and granite and was at the time, one of the longest, flattest stone arch bridges in the world.

One can also see St Paul's Parish Church on the left that was demolished in 1885 to make way for St Paul's Cathedral.

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Spring Street in 1960.

The Eastern Market is still standing (center right) and about to be demolished to make way for the Southern Cross Hotel.

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Text from National Trust

 

In 1869 surgeon Dr Thomas Naughton Fitzgerald commissioned the building of a three storey mansion house, called Rostella, at 468 Lonsdale Street. Designed by architect John Michael Barry, the mansion was known as a 'place of gracious hospitality'. In particular, the building housed Fitzgerald's extensive art collection, which included Jules Joseph Lefebre's famed 'Chloe'. After Fitzgerald's death, Rostella was leased by the Australian Navy, and would later serve as the Commonwealth Court of Industrial Arbitration. In 1972 the mansion was demolished to create space for carparking for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, although a pair of fence pillars and gates remain from the original house.

 

 

 

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Queen's Walk Arcade.

Cavalier Tea Rooms ~ 1950s

Located on the present site of the City Square, this arcade once extended east from Swanston Street and turned north to open onto Collins Street. Queens Walk, constructed in 1889, featured glass cupolas over the entrances and was home to stores such as menswear specialist Henry Buck in the 1950s. Until 1925, the Melbourne Savage Club, whose members included businessmen, lawyers, politicians, artists and bohemians, also resided in this arcade. Queens Walk was purchased by the City of Melbourne in the late 1960s and demolished in the early 1970s for the construction of the City Square.

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WWI Victory March, July 19, 1919.

South west corner of Swanston and Collins Streets.

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awesome looking tank.

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^^ It even looks like the horses on the right have taken fright at the sight of it. surprise

 

Bourke Street in 1937.

These buildings still stand sans cool art-deco signage.

Barnett's now has a Funky Curry Indian restaurant at the ground level and Coons is now the White Tomato Korean restaurant.

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Bourke Street from the steps of the GPO looking east at the south side ~1950s.

The Odeon Cinema is still there and so is the Tivoli Theatre in the distance.

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Cannot imagine that part of Bourke Street with cars.

Looks very... foreign?

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Another Bourke Street scene, this time from 1961.

W-class trams rule and one can also see the Cromwell Building (north-west cnr of Bourke and Elizabeth Streets) still standing opposite the GPO.

The unwelcome intrusion of a multi storey carpark can be seen on the left, and yes, hard to believe that it's still standing!

From the books: Trams and Streetscapes, and More Trams and Streetscapes, Metropolitan Melbourne 1950s-1960s Emile D. Badawy and John Sargent Train Hobby Publications

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A petrol station on Bourke Street, those were the days.

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Aerial of the east end of the city in 1949.

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Aerial, looking east over the CBD, Spencer Street in the foreground ~ Late 1940s.

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Ladies dancing and exercising in the Royal Botanic Gardens ~ 1920s.

Found these three photos (along with a few others) while renovating a relative's house.

Lucky me, I was allowed to keep them. smiley

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Bourke Street in the 1870s, north side between Swanston and Russel Streets.

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Bourke Street, looking west from the Swanston Street intersection ~ late 1910s.

The Bates, Peebles & Smart designed Leviathan Building on the left is still standing.

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Bowen Crescent, StKilda Road.

The terrace houses have been demolished and The Domain Apartments now occupy this site.

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Collins Street, looking east from Elizabeth Street, Melbourne ~ 1880s.

The City of Melbourne bank on the right, demolished in the late 1930s to make way for the ES&A bank that is still standing, now ANZ bank.

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Collins Street, looking west from Spring Street in 1871.

Stately homes can still be found in the east end.

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Albert Park in the 1910s.

Not much bathing taking place during the day in those years.

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Collins Street in 1902, Melbourne is confident in its status as the capital city of the newly Federated Australia.

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Same spot as above in Collins Street, between Queen and Elizabeth Streets, but this time it's another shot from the WWI Victory March, July 19, 1919.

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