1854 Plan of the City of Melbourne


An interesting map of the City of Melbourne in 1854. Melbourne was well into its suburban growth, mainly from the benefits of the Gold Rush.

The "Melbourne & Hobsons Bay Railway Line" commenced operation in the year of 1854, running from Railway Pier and terminates in Flinders Street at the base of Elizabeth Street.

The original Exhibition Building (sited where the current Royal Mint Building is now, on the corner of William and Lonsdale) opened in this year of 1854, and can be found on this map.

The first Princes Bridge, shown on the map, opened in 1851.  

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The notes from the State Library describe this image as a "Plan of the City of Melbourne, embracing Collingwood, South Melbourne and Sandridge, shewing part of Richmond, Prahran and St Kilda."

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