Original post 8 July 2020 I had not found a photo of this till @heraldsunphoto_retro popped up with a photo showing the ‘Australian Church’ on #FlindersStreet near Spring - it was built in 1887, but was gone by the mid 20s, a church and building that came and went rather quickly. It was established in … Continue reading The Australian Church, Flinders Street, 1887-1920s
Original post 9 April 2020 When I first saw a photo of this I was like OMG what a feast ! Delicious ! It seems like most of the really OTT #highvictorian things were lost on the 1950s-60s, and this was right up there ! The #PemierPermanent Building Society, on #CollinsStreet south side just down … Continue reading Premier Permanent, Collins Street, 1887, not so permanent.
First posted 1 February 2020 While I’m on #lostmelbourne, there’s the famous ones, but there were quite a lot of ornate #highvictorian ‘chambers’ like this that mushroomed in the 1880s and disappeared in the 50s-70s, mostly with only a few photos now in archives - and @heraldsunphoto_retro has a great collection slowly filling up their … Continue reading Oxford Chambers, Bourke Street, 1889-1970
First posted 31 January 2020 This is the third luxury hotel that #LeslieMPerrott designed, the #HotelAustralia in the middle of #CollinsStreet, opened June 1939, and hard to believe it was demolished in 1989. I remember being shocked when I heard (this was just before I started working at the NationalTrust), I guess it wasn’t highly … Continue reading Australia Hotel, Collins Street 1939, glamorous and gay.
Fantastic rendering of the long demolished #MelbourneFishMarkets in #FlindersStreet by @coloursofyesterday from 2015. One if the great losses of the 50s-70s. Built 1891-2, designed by R G Gordon in a fabbo Italian Gothic fantasy of towers and turrets. The fish market was actually in a bit built on the riverbank, almost no photos of it, … Continue reading Fish Market long gone but not forgotten
#LostMelbourne (well, there's bits left) #ClivedenMansion was built 1887-88, designed by #WilliamWardell for ‘Australia’s only Baronet’ Sir William Clarke, with the usual 20 bedrooms, ballroom, and craftsmen brought out from Italy to do the marble and stuff. In 1909 became luxury flats with an added floor, then dem in 1968 for Melbourne’s first #HiltonHotel, a … Continue reading Cliveden Mansion