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Perhaps a book for Christmas?

Perhaps a book for Christmas?

By Richard Broome, Royal Historical Society of Victoria In November-December the RHSV is gearing up for Christmas.  Our bookshop offers many fascinating books on Victorian history which are available online through www.historyvictoria.org.au or by direct purchase from our premises at 239 A’Beckett St. On offer will be many books from the recent Victorian Community History

The store with more

If you lived in Melbourne in 1900, and you wanted to buy a watch, some jewellery, a cutlery set, glassware, or a wedding present, you would most likely have visited Edments’ Melbourne Supply Stores, opposite Myers in Bourke St. The three-storey shop was full of delightful things imported from Britain, America and Europe and it

Paper Boy, c.1860

This photograph of ‘The Paper Boy’ was taken in c. 1860. The scene is looking west down Collins St from Swanston St. The paper boy, selling The Age or The Argus or both, stands within the intersection, eyes trained on the photographer. Horse and buggies, with men in black hats and dark clothing, are seen

New to residential, but many past lives

Many of the buildings we live in had many and varied live before being converted to residential. In this article, CBD resident Steven Myrteza tells of the joy and excitement of discovering the heritage of the building you live in. We were in the middle of a refurbishment of the façade of our building, The

Harrington’s Buildings

Harrington’s Ltd (trading as Harrington Cameras) was a household name throughout Australia in the 1920s. The shop sold cameras, photographic equipment and was a printing, enlarging and framing service.    The photo shows Harrington’s Buildings (central and eastern sections) Collins St, north side, between Swanston and Elizabeth streets in about 1920. Above Harrington’s was the

Harrington’s Buildings

Harrington’s Ltd (trading as Harrington Cameras) was a household name throughout Australia in the 1920s. The shop sold cameras, photographic equipment and was a printing, enlarging and framing service.    The photo shows Harrington’s Buildings (central and eastern sections) Collins St, north side, between Swanston and Elizabeth streets in about 1920. Above Harrington’s was the

Out of the wilderness

John Noone (1820 -1893) arrived in Melbourne in 1856 and established a photographic studio, but was later employed in the Government Survey Office as a photographer. His photographs were acclaimed and he was commissioned by the government to prepare albums for visiting dignitaries. This photograph is one of eight commissioned for presentation to visiting British

When tea ruled

Little Flinders St (alternatively known as Flinders Lane or “the Lane”), was one of Melbourne’s east-west “little streets” and always had a strong association with the city’s wholesale trade. The Oriental Tea Company established this building in 1877. Here it imported mainly Indian tea and then blended and packed it for sale in grocery shops

Female Confectioners’ Union Victorian Branch

Female Confectioners’ Union Victorian Branch: Eight Hours Day Float (Eight Hours Day Procession Melbourne), c.1925 The eight-hour day was achieved by stonemasons working on the University of Melbourne quadrangle in April 1856. As other unions gained an eight-hour working day, this was celebrated by the labour movement each May with processions and at the later

Shipping on the Yarra River

Victoria Dock, Melbourne 1913 During the early years of European settlement in Melbourne (1830s – 1840s) a sand bar at the mouth of the Yarra River prevented the passage of vessels up stream to the small settlement of Melbourne. Large vessels were forced to anchor off Sandridge (Port Melbourne) or Williamstown with passengers and luggage

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