1858 Swanston Street Looking North


An early photo of Swanston Street in 1858, looking north from Collins Street. The building on the right was the first Melbourne Town Hall, with a police station and gaol being constructed on its northern side. In August 1858 a bylaw was introduced to stop the cabs waiting in the gutters, instead they were to wait in the centre of the roads. 

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Photograph is attributed to Richard Daintree and Antoine Fauchery.

Notes from the State Library tell us that this image is a "View of Swanston Street looking north from Collins Street."

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