Tag Archives: Heritage

Reasons to be cheerful

By Tristan Davies, Melbourne Heritage Action As the end of another year approaches, Melbourne’s heritage arcades are filled with decorations, the art deco Myer windows are displaying their 62nd Christmas windows and Flinders Street Station’s long-awaiting restoration is finally unwrapping itself as a present to all of the city.  What better time to look at

Are missing floors missing heritage?

These days, more and more heritage activists and city planners are faced with the question of how additions to historic buildings should be managed. These could be small wall or roof additions, or the addition of multiple new levels. And how do these additions affect its later heritage status? But what do we do when

The Australian Club 98 – 110 William St 

By Kate Prinsley, Royal Historical Society of Victoria The Australian Club stands at 98-110 William St, Melbourne, on the south east corner of Little Collins St, continuously occupying the site for more than a century.  The club was established in 1878 as clubrooms and a lodging house for businessmen, one of nine clubs founded in

Step up, Minister

By Tristan Davies, Melbourne Heritage Action Avid readers of this column will remember our celebration last year when the City of Melbourne finalised the West Melbourne Heritage Review, extending protection to many important places on the CBD fringe, with only the signature of the planning minister needed to put them into the planning scheme.  What

Finger pointing over loss of heritage on LaTrobe St

By Shane Scanlan Residents, councillors and state politicians are pointing fingers at each other over the failure to protect the historic 488 LaTrobe St which is to be demolished to make way for a residential tower. Residents at the neighbouring low-rise Royal Flagstaff apartments blame Planning Minister Richard Wynne for failing to grant interim protection

QVM heritage assessment

The Australian Heritage Council is looking for public comments about the City of Melbourne’s nomination of the Queen Victoria Market (QVM) for national heritage status. Comments can be provided in writing to the Australian Heritage Council by 5pm, Friday, July 14. Announcing the call for public comments on April 21, Lord Mayor Robert Doyle said

Let’s not lose more lanes

While our experience of Melbourne’s laneways today is often as places for hidden bars, cafes, and canvases for our favourite street artists, a hidden history also lies in wait down many. Here’s just a small sample to prompt your own exploration. Take St Johns Lane and St Patricks Alley, across from each other in the

It’s not just about the Corkman Inn

One thing the illegal demolition of the Corkman Inn late last year showed us was the deep connection many Melburnians have to historic pubs and the shock at seeing them disappear needlessly to development and gentification.  The Lord Mayor and the Planning Minister were right to express outrage, but we can’t forget that under their

Let’s define progress

One cliché often uttered when we’re faced with the heritage demolition is “well, that’s progress I guess …”, but is this statement really all that true?   Where do we find most of our city’s artist spaces, music venues, pop-up businesses and the meeting places – the elements that drive so much of the cultural

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