1873 Melbourne and Suburbs - Bird's-Eye View


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A bird's-eye view of Melbourne in 1873 from high above Hobson's Bay. This image originally appeared in the Illustrated Australian News, July 1873.

The detail in this engraving is absolutely amazing, providing the viewer with a stunning representation of Melbourne. A large number of buildings and locations are easily identifiable by anyone who knows Melbourne. The picture takes in all of Melbourne starting from the west, where we can see Williamstown, right across the city to Hawthorn in the east.  At the top of the image we see Essendon, and St Kilda is at the bottom of the image. The preparation and engraving must have taken many months of work.

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Drawn by A.C. Cooke, and engraving by C. E. Winston and E. Lee.

The notes from the National Library tell us that this image is a "Supplement to the Illustrated Australian News, July 1873. Panoramic view of Melbourne with details of topography and buildings."

This is a digitally retouched reproduction of the original held by the National Library of Australia. 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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