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The former State Savings Bank of Victoria headquarters at the south-west corner of Bourke and Elizabeth Streets ~1950s.

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Festooned lighting on Flinders Street Station in 1954 to celebrate the centenary of Victorian Railways and also the 1954 Royal Visit.

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Above, Queen’s Wharf on the south side of Flinders Street in 1880, and below Flinders Street and the Yarra River become one, during a flood in 1863.

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The former Menzies Hotel that once stood at the south-east corner of Bourke and William Streets.

 

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The Menzies Hotel before it was extended.

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The City of Melbourne bank, used to be on the south-east corner of Collins and Elizabeth Streets.

 Built in 1888 and demolished in the late 1930s.

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Foys big Santa and roof-top fun park on the corner of Bourke and Swanston Streets ~ 1960s.

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The decorated intersection of Swanston and Flinders Streets during Queen Elizabeth II visit in 1954.

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Collins Street looking west from Spring Street in 1888.

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William Street in 1961 with overhead support stanchions for trams in the center of the street and the Royal Mint on the left.

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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The Premier Building, 230-231 Collins Street, built in 1887 and demolished in the 1960s.

Was once the tallest office building in Melbourne at five levels and 27m tall when erected in the year 1887.

One can describe its style as Second Empire.

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Edwardian Postcards of Elizabeth Street ~1900s.

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Excellent work Peter, I'll use a few of these for the front page

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^^ Thanks! smiley

The future site of Melbourne Central, Latrobe Street, August 1961.

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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Collins Street, looking east from Russell Street ~early 1870s.

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Opposite the City Baths, Swanston Street in October 1959.

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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Bird's eye view of Little Bourke Street, just to the right , looking east past Queen Street.

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Swanston Street ~1900s.

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Edwardian postcard of Swanston Street ~1900s.

 

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Photograph showing the old State Savings Bank of Victoria on Elizabeth Street before it was enlarged and extended north all the way to Bourke Street.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/statelibraryofvictoria_collections/60577878...

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The  Melbourne Mansions on Collins Street, demolished to make way for the CRA building which in turn was demolished to make way for 101 Collins Street.

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Edwardian postcards of Collins Street, looking east near Queen Street intersection.

 

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Postcards of the interior of the former Menzies Hotel that used to stand at the south-east corner of Bourke and William Streets.

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St. Patrick’s Hall, Bourke Street, meeting place of the first Victorian Legislative Council. Demolished a long time ago.

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Eastside of Swanston Street, between Flinders Lane and Collins Street, lost to make way for the City Square.

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Development & Planning

Wednesday, December 13, 2017 - 12:00
The swirl of development activity in Footscray has found another gear as new projects are submitted for approval, or are on the verge of beginning construction. Two separate planning applications have been advertised by Maribyrnong City Council; their subsequent addition to the Urban Melbourne Project Database has seen the overall number of apartment developments within Footscray in development swell to 40.

Policy, Culture & Opinion

Monday, November 20, 2017 - 12:00
The marriage of old and new can be a difficult process, particularly when the existing structure has intrinsic heritage value. In previous times Fitzroy's 237 Napier Street served as the home of furniture manufacturer C.F. Rojo and Sons. Taking root during 1887, Christobel Rojo oversaw operations though over time the site would become home to furniture manufacturer Thonet.

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The former site of John Batman's home, Batman's Hill is entering the final stages of its redevelopment. Collins Square's final tower has begun its skyward ascent, as has Lendlease's Melbourne Quarter Commercial and Residential precinct already. Melbourne Quarter's first stage is at construction and involves a new 12-storey home for consultancy firm Arup along with a skypark.

Transport & Design

Friday, December 15, 2017 - 11:00
Infrastructure Victoria unveiled a new round of research into its larger programme of work dealing with managing transport demand. The authority contracted Arup and KPMG to produce the Melbourne Activity Based Model (MABM) and while it is new, it is considered fit for purpose in the strategic context.

Sustainability & Environment

Tuesday, October 24, 2017 - 12:00
Cbus Property's office development for Medibank at 720 Bourke Street in Docklands recently became the first Australian existing property to receive a WELL Certification, Gold Shell and Core rating. The WELL rating goes beyond sustainable building features with a greater focus on the health and well-being of a building's occupants.