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Old January 21st, 2020, 09:22 AM   #101
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Southern Cross (Spencer Street) Station looked like a factory instead of a proper station from the photo above.

Do you have better photos of Spencer Street Station from 1940s?
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Old January 21st, 2020, 11:00 PM   #102
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Spencer Street postcard from the 1900s showing part of the old station on the right.

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The 1960s Spencer Street Station before Southern Cross was built was a shocker it had dingy and damp tunnels underneath to get to the platforms and they would leak and flood in a decent downpour.
It wouldnt have been out of place in Soviet Russia/North Korea. Heres an old video of it.

https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q...D88D&FORM=VIRE
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Old January 22nd, 2020, 03:01 PM   #104
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Aerial looking east from Spencer Street ~ 1940s.

That grid layout!
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Inside the first Melbourne Museum at the University of Melbourne.

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First St Paul's at the north-east corner of Swanston and Flinders Streets ~ 1860s.

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Old January 24th, 2020, 01:03 AM   #107
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The 1960s Spencer Street Station before Southern Cross was built was a shocker it had dingy and damp tunnels underneath to get to the platforms and they would leak and flood in a decent downpour.
It wouldnt have been out of place in Soviet Russia. Heres an old video of it.

https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q...D88D&FORM=VIRE

I have vague recollections of it from my childhood in the 1980s. It was a horrible train station, best thing for it was to be bulldozed. It had no character or historical value like Flinders Street.


PS - Soviet Russia had some amazing train stations, it was one of the few things that was done really well in that system.
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Old January 25th, 2020, 12:25 AM   #108
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The first Princes Bridge.

Photograph from the 1867 royal tour (Prince Alfred).

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Was it the same location as the present bridge? The Yarra looks less wide, and the banks and the land behind seem steeper.
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Was it the same location as the present bridge? The Yarra looks less wide, and the banks and the land behind seem steeper.
The Yarra River was widened, deepened and straightened to mitigate flooding.
The new wider and longer (3 spans) Princes Bridge was built on the same site and completed in 1888.

Swanston Street all lit up during the Melbourne Centenary in 1935.

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Postcard of the Shrine of Remembrance being officially dedicated on the 11th of November, 1934.

Over 300,000 people were in attendance, approximately a third of Melbourne's population at the time.

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Yes the mighty Shrine of Remembrance another wonderful public asset ( along with the SEC) promoted by Australias greatest General and first world war hero Sir John Monash.
Just a must see if you are visiting Melbourne.
It looks like it had a pool at the southern end in the photo which no longer exists.
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Postcard of the former Reflecting Pool ~ late 1930s.

The reflecting pool was removed to make way for the WWII memorial in front of the shrine.

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My bad.Its interesting that most of the crowd is on the southern side where it looks like the ceremony is being held.

Of course all the ceremonies now are held on the northern aspect.
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Southern end of Elizabeth Street ~ 1910s.

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Postcard of Bourke Street looking south ~ 1900s.
Queen Street on the left.

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Postcard of Collins Street looking west ~ 1900s.

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Bourke Street in the early 1870s.

No Myer yet and only an early smaller GPO.

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Aerial postcard of Melbourne ~ 1900s.

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Aerial postcard of Melbourne ~ 1900s.

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