Cable tram in Collins Street, near Spring Street, Melbourne, c1890-1900. Photograph courtesy State Library Victoria.

Cable tram in Collins Street, near Spring Street, Melbourne, c1890-1900. Photograph courtesy State Library Victoria.

COLE'S BOOK ARCADE Bourke Street Melbourne interior in the 1880's. From Cole of the Book Arcade : A biography of E.W Cole by Cole Tunley 1974 (minkshmink) #colesfunnypicturebook #colesbookarcade

COLE'S BOOK ARCADE Bourke Street Melbourne interior in the 1880's. From Cole of the Book Arcade : A biography of E.W Cole by Cole Tunley 1974 (minkshmink) #colesfunnypicturebook #colesbookarcade

The old Flinders Street Railway Station, circa 1885. The clock above it is now on display at Southern Cross Station.

The old Flinders Street Railway Station, circa 1885. The clock above it is now on display at Southern Cross Station.

Arthur's Seat Tower, Arthur's Seat, Dromana, Mornington Penisula, Victoria, Australia by Andrea George

Arthur's Seat Tower, Arthur's Seat, Dromana, Mornington Penisula, Victoria, Australia by Andrea George

Somerset,England

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 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.

Collins St,Melbourne, looking east in 1870. State Library of New South Wales.

Collins St,Melbourne, looking east in 1870. State Library of New South Wales.

Glen Iris 1920s. Looking over Malvern Road. High Street sweeping around Eric Raven Reserve on the right.

Glen Iris 1920s. Looking over Malvern Road. High Street sweeping around Eric Raven Reserve on the right.

Melbourne,Buildings

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