Collingwood:1903. Christmas and New Year shopping in Smith Street
1903: Crowds of shoppers throng Smith Street, Collingwood in the area near Foy and Gibson's. Further down the street are Treadway's drapers, the post office, T. E. Jones bootshop and The Hall. Trams go in both directions, elegantly dressed women hurry back and forth across the road and the kerbs are lined with horses and carriages. The huge Foy and Gibson shop has an elaborate facade built over its verandah and dominates the streetscape.
This 1870s view has us looking towards the Princes Bridge and the intersection of Flinders and Swanston streets. The Prince's Bridge Hotel (Young & Jackson) is still easily recognizable today. On the opposite corner on the south side is the Fish Market building, and the Melbourne Morgue (today's Federation Square). The morgue was located here between 1871 and 1883.