1866 View from Flagstaff Gardens (2)


One summer's afternoon in 1866, Charles Nettleton carried his photographic equipment to the Old Observatory on the highest point of Flagstaff Gardens, in the north of the city of Melbourne. With his camera pointing to the east he captured an atmospheric photo of the vista. The main road heading south, away from the photographer, is William Street.  

Nettleton's cart can be seen near the gates in William Street, being guarded by a policeman.

All text © HotPress

Photograph is attributed to Charles Nettleton. 

Notes from the State Library tell us that this image is of an "Elevated view looking east across Flagstaff Gardens. People sitting and walking within gardens. Path leading to row of terrace houses on west side of William Street. Lands Department Photographic Laboratory in centre with rounded glass roof. Facade of public library visible in background with spire for Wesleyan Church and the Treasury Building in the distance."

This is a digitally retouched reproduction of the original held by the State Library of Victoria. All prints are reproduced without the HOTPRESS watermarks.

Our team of conservators have worked on a high resolution digital image in order to remove blemishes and artifacts such as stains, mould, scratches and damage caused by the handling of the original. We strive to provide authentic representations of the original work that are suitable for enlargements that retain the tones and character of the original.

Related Items