The corner of Swanston and Bourke is one of Melbourne's busiest intersections, where the mall meets the main drag. And while the ma...

The corner of Swanston and Bourke is one of Melbourne's busiest intersections, where the mall meets the main drag. And while the ma.

The People's Palace at 131 King St,Melbourne in Victoria.

The People's Palace at 131 King St,Melbourne in Victoria.

Cole's Book Arcade was a massive three-storey bookstore in the heart of Melbourne opened 1883. But this was a bookshop with a difference. It had a fernery, a wonderland with funny mirrors, a music department, a lolly shop, a lending library...there were secondhand books for sale, a Chinese tea salon, even a live monkey display! The arcade was the embodiment of one man's vision and humanitarian ideals: Edward William Cole.

Cole's Book Arcade was a massive three-storey bookstore in the heart of Melbourne opened

Melbourne Town Hall prior to the addition of the porte-cochère, corner of Swanston Street and Collins Street, Melbourne

Melbourne Town Hall (year unknown) Many years later, as a teenager, I worked in the building just across Collins St to the right of the photo.

Historic photo of the day | Forum | Urban Melbourne

November Elizabeth Street near Victoria Street, looking south, showing Freight Car Tram

Historic photo of the day | Forum | Urban Melbourne

Not quite b&w but too good to let go - Foys, trams and Streetscapes : Melbourne Photos - Melbourne, Victorian & Australian Architecture Topics

my favourite building in Melbourne - ANZ Gothic Bank on Collins Street

my favorite building in Melbourne - ANZ ‘Gothic Bank’, 287 Collins Street - this building has a richly ornate interior, finely worked masonry and meticulous detail - considered the finest secular Gothic Revival building in Australia

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