1867 Bourke Street looking west


A photograph from 1867 looking west along Bourke Street, and across the west of Melbourne. The photograph was taken from the top of the newly erected GPO building on the NE corner of Elizabeth Street.

The detailed photograph allows us to see into the yards of houses and establishments of that time.  

Bourke Street is clearly visible on the left. The GPO is on Elizabeth Street (just out of the foreground in the photo), so the next street running across the image is Queen Street. William, King and Spencer Street are off in the distance. 

The telegraph office with its timeball on its tower is located in William Street, on the corner of Little Bourke Street. .

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Photograph attributed to Charles Nettleton.

The notes from the State Library tell us that this image is an "Elevated view of Melbourne looking west along Bourke street, showing street with horses and carts, dwellings with washing on the line, businesses: Warburton's Galvanized Iron Warehouse, Young's Victoria Racing Club Hotel, Otto Brinkmann Working Jeweller, Prendergast's Britannia Hotel."

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.

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