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great pix.
heres an old pic from 1989.
tram conductors strike

 

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Great pics there! I remember when I was over there where that Dominos poster was a massive advert for the Age.

Agree with Tays, that image looking down the street is great, really gives Melbourne that 'European look', infact it wouldn't look out of place somewhere here in the UK.
 

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great pix
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In 1890, including flagstaff, the new GPO tower was taller then any other building in the city except the dome of REB
 

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Hey great photos Collector!! :cheers2:

This has got to be rated as one of the worst cases of "the-top-no-longer-matches-the-bottom" in Melbourne. Terrible!


Also, for anyone who visits the Myer Mural Hall, you will notice that that picture nearest the open door in this photo is incomplete (or I think that's the one). Pencil outlines are clearly evident on the panel.

 

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

Former Melbourne Omnibus & Tramways Building
669 – 675 Bourke Street

FB Clapp, an American, who already ran horse-drawn ‘omnibuses’ throughout Melbourne, convinced the state government in the early 1880s to grant his company a monopoly to install a tramway system, operated by cables running under the city’s streets. Between 1886 and 1892 lines were built far out into the growing suburbs, forming one of the largest cable tram systems in the world, and the basis for today’s tram network. Twentyman & Askew designed these offices as headquarters for the company in a simple red brick Gothic Revival style in 1891.


From Walking Melbourne
The National Trust guide to the historic and architectural landmarks of central Melbourne.

Former Mail Exchange
164-200 Spencer Street, Cnr Bourke Street

This is a stylish example of the massive grandeur of the first phase of Classical revival as practiced in America, known as the Beaux-Arts. Completed in 1917, it is one of the earliest such examples in Melbourne, and was designed by the first Commonwealth Government Architect, John Smith Murdoch. The reception and distribution of mail was made more efficient by its location near Spencer Street Station, to which it is connected via a tunnel.
 

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Pics scanned from Trams and Streetscapes, Metropolitan Melbourne 1950s-1960s and More Trams and Streetscapes, Metropolitan Melbourne 1950s-1960s.
Purchase the books if you want to see more.

Foys big Santa and roof-top fun park on the corner of Bourke and Swanston Streets ~ 1960s.



W class trams held up on Bourke Street due to an accident in April 1961.



The old State Savings Bank of Victoria headquarters at the south-west corner of Bourke and Elizabeth Streets, May 1961.



The Myer Santa Special Tram passing the Myer store in November 1963.

 

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Thanks again Collector. Bourke used to look so vibrant with its neon signage, but so did many city streets up until the early 70s??
 

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I remember that santa on Foys...the finger on the forward hand would bend back and forth to becon you in.
 
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