A photo from around 1912 looking west along Collins Street, over Swanston Street.
The building on the left is the Victoria Building, built in 1888 and demolished around 1966 to make way for the City Square. The Town Hall is out of picture to the right of the trees. The statue of Mercury is on top of "The Age" building.
The first dome belongs to the Royal Bank, situated on the south-east corner of Collins and Elizabeth, and the second dome sits atop the Federal Hotel, on the south-west corner of Collins and King Streets.
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The notes from the State Library tell us that this "Looking west down Collins Street from Swanston Street with trams, one signed "Spring St.", and horse-drawn vehicles on road, pedestrians on paths and road."
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