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An elegant colossus reaches for the sky

An elegant colossus reaches for the sky

May 22nd, 2024 - Dr Cheryl Griffin

Captured by amateur photographer Pierre Robin in early September 1959, this is one of the last photographs to capture the solid presence of the Colonial Mutual Building on the north-west corner of Collins and Elizabeth streets.

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A corner of Melbourne at the crossroads

April 24th, 2024 - Dr Cheryl Griffin

Standing tall on the right-hand side of this photograph, taken looking east along Little Collins St from Russell St, is the head office of Preston Motors, the go-to place to buy the latest Chevrolet and Buick cars.

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Breakdown outside the Windsor Hotel, 1920s

March 20th, 2024 - Dr Cheryl Griffin

Eight men, one broken-down car and a wagon to cart it on. This dismal winter’s day was not going well for the driver, seen here on the far right of the photograph in chauffeur’s outfit, complete with greatcoat to ward off the worst of the Melbourne weather.

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Giuseppe Buzzi and his fried fish shop

February 20th, 2024 - Julie Bevan

This photo taken between 1908 and 1912 shows a sleepy Latrobe St afternoon. The image is dominated by a giant telegraph pole with a fire alarm.

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It’s raining, it’s pouring: Elizabeth St a raging torrent, 1863

January 24th, 2024 - Dr Cheryl Griffin

December 15 to 22, 1863 – a week to remember for the citizens of Melbourne. It rained and rained and rained some more and when the rain stopped, and the sun emerged, more than 127 millimetres had fallen.

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Jingle Lane: A Chinatown Christmas Festival

December 11th, 2023 - Sean Car

Step into a Winter Wonderland like no other at Jingle Lane, a harmonious blend of cultures and a feast for all senses.

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Read all about it! The Argus office makes news

November 21st, 2023 - Dr Cheryl Griffin

Seventy people arrested in Lisbon for taking part in anti-English protests. The attempted poisoning of the Russian Tsar proves to be untrue. Australian and New Zealand mail believed to have been destroyed when a train caught fire in Nebraska is found and rescued.

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The Lamb Inn, a “roystering place for shepherds with cheques”, c. 1840

October 25th, 2023 - Dr Cheryl Griffin

Tucked away in the bottom right-hand corner of this watercolour by W F E Liardet are two small windblown figures battling Melbourne’s notorious north-westerly winds.

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Autumn Moon at the Chinese Museum: Be enthralled, engaged, and entertained

September 22nd, 2023 - Sean Car

On the weekend of September 30 and October 1, Chinatown, Melbourne will celebrate the Autumn Moon Festival, when family and friends come together, for the seasonal harvest and the recounting of the many associated ancient legends.

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Observing the universe: the Great Melbourne Telescope, 1875

September 20th, 2023 - Dr Cheryl Griffin

The open-air reflector telescope at the back of the Great Melbourne Telescope Building faces up to the skies, its seemingly delicately filigreed barrel looking like something from a circus act. 

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“The Smith House” – 300 Queen St

“The Smith House” – 300 Queen St

February 15th, 2018 - CBD News
When tea ruled

When tea ruled

December 8th, 2015 - CBD News
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