1905 Melbourne and the Yarra from South Bank


An amazing panorama of the Yarra taken in 1905, from the top of what we now call the Robur Tea Building.  We're looking across the river, right along Spencer Street to the north. The Spencer Street Bridge, to connect with Clarendon Street, was not built till 1930.  

The panorama takes in a very wide view from Hobson's Bay in the west, to the spires of Scots' and the Independent Churches in the east.  This part of the Yarra was very busy with large ships, both cargo and passenger. There are two ships in dry-dock on the South Bank.

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Photograph attributed to Robert Vere Scott.

Notes from the State Library state that this is an "Panoramic view showing Yarra River with sailing ships and steamships moored at wharfs, wharf buildings, horse drawn wagons on road running parallel with river."

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