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The House of Stoush

The House of Stoush

June 1st, 2022 - Ashley Smith

This map shows an empty lot of land near the current railway bridge at Dudley St, West Melbourne. While empty at the time, in the century to follow, generations of dock and railway workers and other Melburnians would flock to the site for an evening’s entertainment.

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The duels of Batman’s Hill

May 4th, 2022 - Ashley Smith

This sketch, drawn sometime after 1863 (according to the annotation), displays the western boundary of Melbourne during the 1830s. Perched on the hill, is a house that once was the home of John Batman, the city’s founder.

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Victoria Dock

March 2nd, 2022 - Ashley Smith

In the early 1930s Victoria Dock was one of the biggest sites for trade and export in Melbourne. A constant queue of ships sailed in, unloaded their cargo, recharged and reloaded, then left for the next port.

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All aboard for Spencer Street

February 3rd, 2022 - Docklands News

While hauling goods and passengers to and from the nearby wharves and the city, a single steam engine stops at Spencer Street Station (now Southern Cross Station) to smile for the camera.

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The city’s light source

December 1st, 2021 - Docklands News

As William St lies eerily quiet, a lone chimney stands far away from the throng of houses and Spencer Street Station.

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All aboard for Spencer Street

All aboard for Spencer Street

February 3rd, 2022 - Docklands News
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