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The duels of Batman’s Hill

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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A Grand office

November 3rd, 2021 - Docklands News

Now known as the Grand Hotel, more than a century ago the building at 67 Spencer St was not only shorter and considerably less grand, but also went under a different name and served a different purpose.

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The city’s light source

The city’s light source

December 1st, 2021 - Docklands News
Queens Bridge over troubled water

Queens Bridge over troubled water

March 3rd, 2021 - Shane Scanlan
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