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Postcard of Brighton ~ 1900s.

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Bourke Street, before Myer's ~ 1900s.

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Bank of Victoria, that once stood on Collins Street ~ 1870s

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Smith Street, Collingwood ~ 1900s.

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Postcard of Smith Street, Collingwood featuring Foy & Gibson ~ 1900s.

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Alexandra Theatre, Exhibition Street ~ 1880s.

​Became Her Majesty's Theatre in 1900.

The mansard roof and rooftop statues are now gone, probably due to a disastrous fire in the 1930s.

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Hopkins Street, Footscray in 1924.

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Hardly any cars and lots of trams - the way nature intended! :)

 

Great shot - wish it still looked like that now. In saying that though, many of the buildings are still there, including the Trocadero theatre on the left, though not in such a great condition.

 

Footscray had quite an extensive tram network back then. Theres a forum thread on it here.

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Thanks Martin, checked out that Footscray link you supplied, unbelievable how many tramlines were shut down!

One more photo of trams in Footscray, featuring an X1 class tram ~ 1950s.

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Footscray ~ 1944.

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Wow - my apartment is right here now! The whole riverside area has undergone an amazing transformation.

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Just for you Martin, Edwardian postcard of Paisley Street, Footscray.

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Footscray Town Hall in 1940.

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While we're on the Footscray theme.

O'Brien & Co. Butchers in Nicholson Street, Footscray ~ 1909.

Was probably demolished in the 1950s.

From Heritage Victoria:

Yewers Brothers' new butchers shop was near complete with a `pretty ironed top balcony' with splendid views. There were 14 private rooms in the residence, ventilated cellars linked by a tunnel to their Albert Street premises and provision for a future large theatre and arcade. The result, said the `Advertiser', `...vies with even portions of Collins Street, Melbourne, in its superb architecture'. This architectural showpiece (numbers 158-160 Nicholson Street) lauded at its creation and pictured with pride in `Footscray's First Fifty Years' (1909), has since been demolished.

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(talking about the town hall here. somehow the reply got posted in the wrong place).

This looks pretty much the same today as it did then. Its been well preserved and must be one of the grandest municipal buildings in Melbourne. Its definitely one of my favs in Footscray, and is right next to my other fav in Footscray - The station hotel! :)

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Talking about town halls, the old Footscray Town Hall that was demolished and replaced by the new one seen above.

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Another Edwardian postcard of Footscray.

Saltwater River (Maribyrnong River).

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Postcard ~ 1900s.

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That boat landing station is still there. They've actually done a decent job of preserving the heritage along that stretch of river, with even many of the bollards seen in the background of this pic still there too. Its also littered with plaques/info boards talking about the history of the area and the buildings that used to be there. A much under utilised area of Footscray.

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Aerial featuring St Paul's new spires in the early 1930s.

T & G Building is nearly completed as well.

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Bourke Street in the 1870s, no cable trams yet and the GPO is a little short.

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Bourke Street looking east ~early 1960s.

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Bourke Street looking east at the Swanston Street intersection.

Postcard ~ 1900s.

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Malakoff Castle built by Joseph Raleigh in 1844 and demolished in 1917. It was used to house workers and a church on the Raleigh estate, what is now Maribyrnong.

Melbourne Meat Preserving Company, Maribyrnong ~ 1880

Shot below of factory buildings with Malakoff's castle on the hill behind.

 

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Boxhill postcard ~1920s.

The church is still there.

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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.