1914c Collins Street Looking East


A photograph of the intersection of Collins and Elizabeth Streets around 1914, looking east along Collins Street. We see a mix of transportation here with old-technology horse and cart and hansom carts, along with new-technology automobiles, cable cars and a double decker omnibus moving along Collins Street. The building in the centre of the photo houses B.H. Altson's, the Tobacconist, and was constructed in 1903 on the site of the first brick building in Melbourne. The architect was Nahum Barnett, whose architectural style graced every street in the CBD.

Heading up Collins Street to the right is Dunkling's the jeweller, then the Block building. Controlling the intersection are two policemen on point duty in their white hats using flags to manage the traffic.

Through some stroke of luck, most of the buildings seen here have survived, except for the buildings on the south side of Collins Street, including the Royal Bank building with its beautiful columns. Very sad.

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Photograph is attributed to Lyle Fowler.

Notes from the State Library tell us that this image "Shows view down Collins Street at intersection with Elizabeth Street, including Loyers Hotel, W.E. Thomas dentist, B.H. Altson and Dunklings, cable trams, policemen directing traffic, pedestrians and motor vehicles in view.".

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