A photo looking west along Flinders Street from the intersection with Swanston Street.
The famous Young & Jackson's Prince's Bridge Hotel on the far right was originally built as a bluestone three-storey residence with a butcher's shop on the ground floor in 1853, and a young ladies school run by a Mrs Nicole Cook. The block of land that this building is on was originally purchased by John Batman in 1837 for £100, during the first land auction.
The Prince's Bridge Hotel opened there in 1861, with John Toohey as the first licensee. The licence was transferred to James Hogan in 1862, then to Joshua Roberts Mooney in 1866 (see photo displaying "Mooney's" over the front door). In 1875 the licence was acquired by two Irish gold diggers from Dublin, Henry Young and Thomas Jackson, who had been licencees of the Sparrow's Hotel in St Kilda. Fortunately for Melbourne, the Princes Bridge Hotel still stands, and since 1904 has been the home of "Chloe", a very famous nude painting from 1875.
The large building on the left was originally built as Melbourne's Fish Market in 1865. As Melbourne grew and health regulations and traffic congestion increased, a new location for the Fish Market was built at the western end of Flinders Street, on the south-east corner of its intersection with Spencer Street. The original building continued as a fruit market and bicycle stables until the late 1890s (see the image below), at which time plans were being developed for an enlarged Flinders Street Station which was completed in 1909, and the new Fish Market was completed in 1890.
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Photographer unknown. (Most probably J. W. Lindt as it is very similar to one of his with the same people in it, but in slightly different positions.)
Notes from the State Library tell us that this image is of "Flinders Street, Melbourne, ca.1870 showing the fish market. Shows street scene with buildings, horse drawn carts and people at the intersection."
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