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Big dreams, even bigger nightmares

Big dreams, even bigger nightmares

August 3rd, 2022 - Docklands News

Established in 1877, the Melbourne Harbour Trust was the first organisation of its kind in Victoria.

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A Clapp of approval

June 29th, 2022 - Ashley Smith

It is November 17, 1937. Australia is climbing out of the Depression as Melburnians gather at Spencer Street Station to celebrate the launch of a new train that would become a feature of the railways for the next half-century, the Spirit Of Progress.

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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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Ugly, but ferry reliable

Ugly, but ferry reliable

June 2nd, 2021 - Docklands News
A Coode time on the Yarra

A Coode time on the Yarra

November 5th, 2020 - Docklands News
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