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Rediscover the Flagstaff Gardens

Rediscover the Flagstaff Gardens

By Dr Cheryl Griffin – Royal Historical Society of Victoria There are many reasons to visit the Flagstaff Gardens.  The gardens are of great significance to Victoria’s history. In many ways you can trace the vast social and technological changes experienced by Melbourne, by Victoria, by Australia and even by the world as you walk

Live more at The Evermore

Perfectly wedged in the heart of Southbank Village, within walking distance to the Arts Precinct, Royal Botanic Gardens, South Melbourne Market and Albert Park Lake, The Evermore offers residents the very best of what Melbourne has to offer.   Nestled between the growing Domain Precinct and Southbank’s low-rise community at 58-66 Dorcas St, Southbank, construction

2026 Vision for the CBD

By Susan Saunders – Vice President Google “Future Melbourne” and you will find information about City of Melbourne’s vision for 2026 created in 2016.  Think of the great cities of the world.  Paris, New York, Singapore, Venice, San Francisco and many others.  Where does Melbourne fit among these?  In the late 1800s our city was

Our city’s surprise community

Having lived in the CBD for more than 10 years, Jenny Eltham can confidently say that it is one of Melbourne’s best kept secrets.  As the president of CBD-based resident group East Enders Inc., a social forum for residents living in the eastern quadrant of the Hoddle Grid, Jenny continues to play a valuable role

Contrasting commercial projects

In this month’s column we look at a couple of contrasting commercial projects in addition to the City of Melbourne’s plans for a new public square as part of the $250 million Queen Victoria Market renewal project. First up, development partners Perri Projects and Pellicano are proposing a $150 million 21-storey boutique office building next

Vertical village parcel delivery

Mail types and volume have changed but how are our mailrooms coping?  Recent years have seen a rapid decline in the number of letters delivered to our vertical villages, while the amount of sent parcels has soared.  This change is inline with the national shift towards parcel delivery as Australians continue their love affair with

Emotionally attached to the art world

The Flinders Lane Gallery has occupied a special place in the streetscape for 30 years and many collectors have fond memories of coming to openings then going out dining nearby.  Claire Harris has been in the gallery for 20 of those years, greeting collectors, making them feel comfortable, the last 12 as director. “I think

Charles Troedel – a great Melbourne lithographer

Charles Troedel was one of Melbourne’s foremost printers in the latter years of the 19th century.  As a lithographer he was responsible for producing many high-quality images of early Melbourne.  He also employed and mentored several notable artists and developed lithographic techniques which allowed high-quality artworks to be made available to the public at reasonable

Construction update – Town Hall Station

Works to build the new Town Hall Station are ramping up, with major construction underway at all three work sites at the southern end of Swanston St.  Visitors to Federation Square will notice large piling equipment in operation behind the hoarding, as piling works get underway. More than 60 piles will be constructed up to

Melbourne is so lucky

A recent visit to Sydney revealed how lucky Melbourne is to have so much anti-landmark heritage in our CBD. Both cities sadly demolished many incredible heritage buildings in the 60s and 70s, but it can be argued Sydney came out worse off not for what was considered heritage at the time, but all the things

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