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St James Buildings, Bourke St frontage, 1959

St James Buildings, Bourke St frontage, 1959

By Dr Cheryl Griffin – Royal Historical Society Victoria The eastern sections of Bourke St and Collins St are well documented and known for the ambience and fine architecture found in areas such as the “Paris end” of Collins St. But this picturesque scene featuring a long-gone St James St is at the other end

Flinders St from Yarra Bank, 1950

By Dr Cheryl Griffin – Royal Historical Society of Victoria Taken in the first decade after the end of World War II, this view from Yarra Bank Rd on the south bank of the Yarra River looks towards Flinders St from King St to William St and finally Market St.  This is probably a less

An early Melbourne high-rise

By Dr Cheryl Griffin – Royal Historical Society of Victoria Looking at this streetscape today, the 11-storey building that dominates the left side (the south side) of this early 1950s photograph of Bourke St raises no eyebrows.  It is the Commonwealth Bank Building at 219-225 Bourke St and in its day it was something of

A winter’s walk in Fitzroy Gardens, 1913

By Dr Cheryl Griffin – Royal Historical Society of Victoria It’s a stark but beautiful winter scene in one of Melbourne’s oldest parks, a landscape laid bare. The skeletal elm trees stand like proud sculptures extending skywards, their shadows creating faint stripes of light and shade along the pathway in the silvery sunlight.  This is

Making way for thoroughly modern Melbourne

By Dr Cheryl Griffin – Royal Historical Society of Victoria (RHSV) This photograph, taken in about 1924, represents a time capsule of Melbourne as it was just after World War One.  The city was on the cusp of a building revival as a society recovering from the devastating effects of war looked towards its future

Dining in style at Spencer Street Station

By Dr Cheryl Griffin Spencer Street Station (now Southern Cross Station) has been the first port of call for country and interstate train travellers since the 1850s.  In the 1920s, when this photograph was taken, it more or less represented the western edge of the CBD. Collins St and Bourke St ended at Spencer St

“A dizzying wave of colour”

By Dr. Cheryl Griffin – Royal Historical Society of Victoria, It is difficult to imagine from the distance of almost 120 years, but for a short time in 1901 Melbourne became a city or arches built to commemorate the creation of Australia. On January 1, 1901 Australia became a nation and Melbourne its capital city

Christmas time in the city, 1930

By Dr. Cheryl Griffin, Royal Historical Society of Victoria The Myer Emporium expanded to Lonsdale St in the 1920s at a time when this section of Little Bourke St was known as Post Office Place.  Only a few years earlier you would have seen horse-drawn traffic dominating the street scene, but by 1930, when this

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