Melbourne’s forgotten inner-city slums
October 1955: Terrace of rooms behind a house at 50 Argyle St. Fitzroy. Tenants paid $1.76 for draughty single rooms. Picture: Herald Sun Image Library/ R McInnes/ ARGUS
Nothing in this photo remains. Imagine had they kept the Allens factory and converted them into warehouse apartments? And lets not talk about the melbourne iconic sign that was pulled down and taken the tip.
Last entry in our Southbank series. Crown opened in 1997 after being temporarily located at the World Trade Centre since 1994. As you can see, the Sandridge/Port Melbourne train line and surrounding factories and car parks were acquired to transform the area.
South Bank 1982-South Wharf Goods Shed number 1 (b1891) at original site- Bruce Small factory in the back, right.
Located west of Spencer St bridge, Clarendon St- on Yarra River bank, with associated basalt pitched paving (all gone). Now Yarra Promenade. This was the last of the long line of goods sheds that made up South Wharf, built before the obstacle to shipping created by the Spencer Street bridge, a boon to motor traffic. The shed is said to have been relocated to the Polly Woodside complex but if so is now a different animal. I recall visiting shed number one with a Mr Lynch who wanted to use it…
Looking across river to Flinders Street Station, c. 1922. Photographer: Robert Gibson. A beautiful photo. Catalogue record states: Looks north to Flinders Street Station, down Aikman Street, from City Road, South Melbourne. The Alexandra Mansions and the Playhouse Theatre can be seen on the left hand side of the street. Aikman Street is now part of Southgate Avenue. State Library of Victoria Image H42558/6.