Colonial Melbourne Town

The city of Melbourne prides itself on its reputation as ‘Australia’s cultural capital’, and its development from an outpost shanty town to an antipodean metropolis is a fascinating journey. From the very birth of the colony, art has documented and communicated the growing mythology and history of Melbourne, which in turn has contributed to our collective understanding of its cultural narrative.
Intersection of Swanston and Flinders Streets showing electric and cable trams, 1927

Intersection of Swanston and Flinders Streets showing electric and cable trams, 1927

Early 20th Century postcard showing Parliament House Melbourne

Early 20th Century postcard showing Parliament House Melbourne

Rosstown Sugar Works. Construction commenced in around 1875, and once completed it was fitted out as works to process sugar beet into glucose. The beet was meant to be grown in Gippsland. Around this time the sugar cane industry started in Queensland, and cane was a better source of sugar than beet. The edifice sat idle until the banks foreclosed and it was wrecked in 1908 and the area sold off for housing (the large foundations left behind caused some trouble for the house builders).

Rosstown Sugar Works. Construction commenced in around 1875, and once completed it was fitted out as works to process sugar beet into glucose. The beet was meant to be grown in Gippsland. Around this time the sugar cane industry started in Queensland, and cane was a better source of sugar than beet. The edifice sat idle until the banks foreclosed and it was wrecked in 1908 and the area sold off for housing (the large foundations left behind caused some trouble for the house builders).

Artist: PHILLIP-STEPHAN PHOTO-LITHO. AND TYPOGRAPHIC PROCESS CO LTD | Title: Birds eye view, Melbourne. | Date: 1888 | Technique: photo-lithograph, printed in colour, from multiple stones

Artist: PHILLIP-STEPHAN PHOTO-LITHO. AND TYPOGRAPHIC PROCESS CO LTD | Title: Birds eye view, Melbourne. | Date: 1888 | Technique: photo-lithograph, printed in colour, from multiple stones

Yarra Yarra, Studly i.e. Studley Park

Yarra Yarra, Studly i.e. Studley Park

Melbourne,Colonial

View from Melbourne

View from Melbourne

The Yarra Crossing at Punt Road, 1868

The Yarra Crossing at Punt Road, 1868

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