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Shipping on the Yarra River

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

Federal Coffee Palace

By Kate Prinsley executive officer, with assistance from Volkan Ozcoban and Lukas Matovinovic  students from Kew High School. Located on the corner of King and Collins Streets and completed in 1888, the Federal Coffee Palace was at the time the largest hotel in Australia. Built as a temperance hotel, a hotel which refused to sell

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