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Old June 14th, 2008, 10:13 AM   #61
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Latrobe Street, Marvellous Melbourne

Photographs taken over the past three years.

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Above and below, former City Court (later Magistrates’ Court).









Next two down, the interior of a favourite hangout in Latrobe Street, Mr Tulk at the ground level of the northwest library corner.



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Old June 14th, 2008, 10:29 AM   #63
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Beautiful weather and a great set of shots -

This one in particular looks like a rendering and is my favourite of the bunch!

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Thanks, street art in Melbourne, you have to love it.
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Old June 15th, 2008, 01:01 PM   #65
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I love how the sreet art compliments the architecture even with the old buildings it feels like ya in a gian gallery, very much like Berlin but cleaner ofcourse!!
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Old June 21st, 2008, 11:23 AM   #66
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The Little Streets, Marvellous Melbourne

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The Little Streets of Melbourne nearly all run east from Spring Street all the way west to Spencer Street.
Their size and execution was a compromise between Sir Richard Bourke (Governor of NSW) who suggested them and Robert Hoddle who did not want them but included them when he got the width he wanted with the main streets.

Hoddle once quoted:

When I marked out Melbourne in 1837, I proposed that all the streets should be ninety-nine feet wide. Sir Richard Bourke suggested the lanes as mews or approaches to the stablings and out-buildings of the main streets of buildings. I staked the main streets ninety-nine feet wide, and after having done so, was ordered by the Governor to make them sixty-six feet wide; but upon my urging the Governor, and convincing him that wide streets were advantageous on the score of health, and convenience to the future city of Victoria, he consented to let me have my will. I therefore gave up my objection to the narrow lanes thirty-three feet wide.

Throughout most of Melbourne’s history the Little Streets were judged unfavourably.
Robert Hoddle opposed them from the outset and Robert Russell the other architect of Melbourne’s grid claimed that if he had his way, he would have no Little Streets at all!

The curse of the narrow streets was blamed for the endangering of public health through the overcrowding of thirty buildings on blocks intended for only one or two, and the ability of riff-raff to carry out deviant behaviour and make quick getaways in the labyrinth of dark lanes that developed off them. Little Bourke and Little Lonsdale were notorious for this.

Nowadays most people think it’s the more human scale of the Little Streets and the laneways that are connected to them, that give such a great vibe and café culture ambience to the city of Melbourne.

I am very glad they were introduced.

Flinders Lane



Sketch of Little Flinders Street in the 1880s.

Flinders Lane was for a very long time the center of Melbourne’s rag trade.
Its importance was also great due to its close proximity to the Yarra River.
It is full of substantial buildings, and for a while it was as important as the major main streets.

Flinders Lane was the alternative name for Little Flinders Street until 1948 when it became the official name.

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IT'S barely a metre tall, and most of the time hides behind a wheelie bin in a narrow Melbourne laneway — a faceless grey figure in an old-fashioned diving mask and duffel coat.
One of Melbourne's few remaining pieces of very valuable stencil art by the elusive British graffiti artist Banksy.
Banksy's diver adorns the rear of the Nicholas Building on the corner of Swanston Street and Flinders Lane. The 10-storey building, built in 1926, was placed on the State Heritage Register last October, although the listing owed more to its architectural features such as the ground-floor Cathedral Arcade than the Banksy artwork.
The City of Melbourne has now moved to further protect the Banksy diver, holding discussions yesterday with the manager of the Nicholas Building to find "appropriate methods to protect the stencil by Banksy".






Inside the Journal, one of my favourite hangouts, great coffee and reading material, how can you go wrong.



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Old June 21st, 2008, 11:24 AM   #67
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Part 2

Little Collins Street

Little Collins Street has some great little boutique clothing shops and between Queen and William Streets was for many years known as Chancery Lane.

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Below, postcards of Little Collins Street from the 1950s, and after, a photograph from 1949.





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Old June 22nd, 2008, 09:31 AM   #68
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Part 3

Little Bourke Street

Chinatown in Little Bourke Street stretches east from Exhibition Street and west all the way up to Swanston Street.

Little Bourke Street between Spring and Exhibition Streets was known as Gordon Place, between Swanston and Elizabeth Streets known as Post Office Street then Post Office Place, and west from Queen Street to William Street as Law Courts Place.

The name changes took place because Little Bourke Street was known as a place of meeting or residence of the lowest class of criminals and prostitutes, and other reputable (supposedly) residents of the street did not want to be associated with them.

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Brother Baba Budan, always a great place for a coffee.





Below, the scene behind the Chief Telegraph Office in Little Bourke Street ~ 1910s.
It seems that infrastructure of one type or another has been spanning this section of Little Bourke Street for awhile.

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Old June 22nd, 2008, 10:27 AM   #69
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THANKS mate - now I am so depressed your pics bring back so many fantastic memories, I want to be there so badly I can taste it. Gr8 pics as always - thanks.

Just saw this - this is where I had a good cry because I didn't want to leave Melbourne ......


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Part 4

Little Lonsdale Street

The east-end of Little Lonsdale Street, Little Lon as it was known throughout most of its history and once some would say, was the epicentre of debauchery, prostitution, elicit drug taking, crime and overcrowding in the city .
The portion of little Lonsdale Street between Swanston and Elizabeth Streets was known as Lonsdale Place, and between Queen and William Streets was once known as Mint Place.
Few property owners wanted to be known as living or working in Little Lonsdale Street.

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Next two down, part of the QV complex.





The bubble bridge at Melbourne Central spans Little Lonsdale Street.







All the little street name variants were officially discontinued from 1 July 1964 by the Melbourne City Council.
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Old June 25th, 2008, 12:44 PM   #71
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Very informative thread Pete!
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Old June 26th, 2008, 06:28 AM   #73
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Thanks, glad it's appreciated.
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Old June 29th, 2008, 09:27 AM   #74
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Marvellous Melbourne’s lanes and arcades

Photographs taken over the past three years.

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The 5 images below are of Cathedral Arcade











The 3 images below are of Scott Alley







The 12 images below are of Centre Place























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ALL HAIL COLLECTOR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Marvellous job yet again mate!
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Lol, thanks!

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The 3 images below are of Australia on Collins






Floor mosaic.

The 9 images below are of Block Arcade



















The 5 images below are of Block Place











The 4 images below are of The Causeway







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Part 3

The 6 images below are of The Royal Arcade













The 5 images below are of Equitable Place











The 12 images below are of The GPO























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Part 4

The 2 images below are of Bligh Place





The 3 images below are of Bank Place







The 2 images below are of McKillop Street





The 6 images below are of Hardware Lane













The 8 images below are of Degraves Street















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Old July 6th, 2008, 10:33 AM   #80
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Part 5

The image below is of ACDC Lane


AC/DC now current name for lane
From The Melbourne Yarra Leader 15/9/2004

Australian rock band AC/DC, which has sold millions of records worldwide, will finally be immortalized in Corporation Lane.
Off Flinders Lane, the alleyway is home to rock music bar Cherry.
The famous music video for the band’s hit, it’s a long way to the top, was filmed on Swanston Street in 1975.
Councillors have continually backflipped since AC/DC fans floated the renaming idea earlier this year.
The proposal provoked anger from Tim Cooper, who owns Rosati restaurant on the corner of Flinders Lane and the laneway, and from property owner Piero Gesualdi.
They said the lane should be named after Flinders Lane’s rag trade.
But, at last Thursday’s planning meeting, councilors finally agreed to rename the lane after AC/DC.
Cr Kimberley Kitching, who moved the recommendation, said all types of people should be recognized for their contribution to society, not just politicians and army generals.

The 7 images below are of Hosier Lane


MoVida at 1 Hosier Lane, 100 meters from Federation Square and sitting comfortably in this ultra cool city environment has recently become one of my favourite destinations.
It’s all about food (tapas), wine, enjoying yourself in the Spanish way (tapas), and did I mention the delicious tapas on the menu.













The 3 images below are of George Parade







The 3 images below are of Manchester Arcade







The 3 images below are of Niagara Lane







Warehouses at 23–31 Niagara Lane

From Walking Melbourne, The National Trust Guide to The Historic and Architectural Landmarks of Central Melbourne.

George De Lacy Evans designed these unusually decorative and narrow brick warehouses (in an equally narrow lane) in 1887 for Henry Marks, a furniture dealer. Goods were hauled up by rope to a door on each level – the American ‘barrel-hoist’, with its own little roof, survives on each building.
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