Collins Street in the wet c1900

Fantastic action shot of Collins Street from 1900-1910, looking west from Elizabeth Street, in the wet. This happens to be the one block where everything is gone, except the domed banking chamber interior behind the huge classical facade in the centre, and the ex-National Mutual building with spire in the distance on the corner of Queen Street. The Equitable Builfing on the right is finished, so it’s after 1896, and Collins House (dem in the 70s) built in 1910 a bit further along isn’t there yet. Photo is from @ngvmelbourne, attributed to FRITZ KRICHELDORFF, who seems to have taken many views of Melbourne between 1900-1910 for the then booming picture postcard industry; this is one of the few original photos of his it seems.

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