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1868c Bourke Street Looking East


A photograph around 1868 looking east along Bourke Street from Elizabeth Street. The GPO had just finished its first phase of construction (a whole 3rd floor and a new clock tower were added around 1887). 

Bourke Street was the entertainment centre of Melbourne, with many pubs and theatres to keep the public celebrating until way into the early morning.

At the eastern end of Bourke Street where it stops at Spring Street, we see the unfinished Parliament House, with St Patrick's Roman Catholic Cathedral (under construction also) looking over the city and the Government.

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Photograph by Charles Nettleton.

Notes from the State Library tell us that this image is "Looking east along Bourke Street from just before Elizabeth Street intersection, with General Post Office on left on corner of Elizabeth Street -- Line of horse and carriages and wagon at curb on left -- Buildings on right include Beehive Clothing Company. Figures of men standing in street are blurred by motion. Parliament House visible in distance."

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