1839 Collins Street looking west


An engraving produced in 1887, based on an 1839 sketch of Melbourne, looking to the west along Collins Street. The viewpoint is from the top of the hill where Russell Street is today. A group of indigenous people stand at the margins of the town, watching the changing face of their environment. Neither the British settlers nor the indigenous inhabitants could foretell what immense changes there would be to the world in the coming centuries.

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Engraving by F.A. Sleap.

Notes from the State Library of Victoria tell us that the image is of a "Wood engraving published in Supplement to the Illustrated Australian news.".

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