Melbourne streets before World War I

Since 1885 Melbourne has been one of the world’s great tramway cities. Trams and tramway infrastructure are often an integral component in many of Melbourne's historic streetscapes.
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Orient Hotel, corner of Bourke and Swanston Streets, Melbourne, c1910. The hotel was demolished in the 1930s. Photograph from State Library Victoria.

Orient Hotel, corner of Bourke and Swanston Streets, Melbourne, c1910. The hotel was demolished in the 1930s. Photograph from State Library Victoria.

Northwest corner of Chapel and High Streets, Prahran, 1910. Photograph from…

Northwest corner of Chapel and High Streets, Prahran, 1910. Photograph from…

Sydney Road, Coburg, with horse tram, circa 1910. Photograph from State Library Victoria.

Sydney Road, Coburg, with horse tram, circa 1910. Photograph from State Library Victoria.

Melbourne Town Hall with cable tram, corner of Swanston and Collins Streets…

Melbourne Town Hall with cable tram, corner of Swanston and Collins Streets…

Elevated view looking west along Flinders Street, Melbourne, c1891-1914. Queen's…

Elevated view looking west along Flinders Street, Melbourne, c1891-1914. Queen's…

Looking west along Bourke Street, Melbourne, with cable trams, c1914. The Eastern Markets are on the left. Photograph courtesy State Library of South Australia (PRG 280/1/8/175).

Looking west along Bourke Street, Melbourne, with cable trams, c1914. The Eastern Markets are on the left. Photograph courtesy State Library of South Australia (PRG 280/1/8/175).

Looking west along Collins Street, Melbourne, c1900. Photograph courtesy State…

Looking west along Collins Street, Melbourne, c1900. Photograph courtesy State…

Cable tram in Bourke Street, Melbourne, c1890-1900. Coles Book Arcade is on the…

Cable tram in Bourke Street, Melbourne, c1890-1900. Coles Book Arcade is on the…

Bourke Street, Melbourne, Australia. Ref: 1/2-056441-F. Alexander Turnbull…

Bourke Street, Melbourne, Australia. Ref: 1/2-056441-F. Alexander Turnbull…

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