This kind of housing once dominated inner-city suburbs like Fitzroy, Collingwood and Richmond. Picture: Herald Sun Image Library

This kind of housing once dominated inner-city suburbs like Fitzroy, Collingwood and Richmond, Australia

Dudley Flats

This is Dudley Flats - a long forgotten part of the city that is now better known as the Waterfront City and New Quay precinct of Docklands.

July 1970: An inner city back street that was home to many of Melbourne's poor. The original caption written for this photograph defined the poor as widows, the unemployed, unmarried mothers and the derelict. Picture: Herald Sun Image Library

July An inner city back street that was home to many of Melbourne's poor. The original caption written for this photograph defined the poor as widows, the unemployed, unmarried mothers and the derelict.

May 1936: Wash day for Richmond mother of seven. Conditions such as these were common in the Richmond area. Picture: Herald Sun Image Library

May It's wash day for a Richmond mother of seven. Conditions such as these were common in the area. All pictures: Herald Sun Image Library

May 1936: This Collingwood house with a corrugated iron 'bathroom' and external tap as the only water supply, was rented out for around $1.25 per week.

May This Collingwood house with its corrugated iron 'bathroom' and external tap as only water supply

June 1936: This house in Richmond was condemned. It was occupied by a family of eight. The bricks below the window were falling out, leaving a big hole into the kitchen. The house was damp and cold. Picture: Herald Sun Image Library

June This house in Richmond was condemned. It was occupied by a family of eight. The bricks below the window were falling out, leaving a big hole into the kitchen. The house was damp and cold.

Melbourne’s forgotten inner-city slums

In this sparse North Melbourne living room, a baby cart was stored in the fireplace to conserve space. A small child plays on the bare floors.

July 1969: A family sits down to a sparse meal — one chop and a few slices of bread. The Salvation Army helped to feed them. Picture: Herald Sun Image Library

July A family sits down to a sparse meal — one chop and a few slices of bread. The Salvation Army helped to feed them.

July 1964: These are the kinds of houses that the large housing commission flats in Carlton replaced. Picture: Herald Sun Image Library

A look at the slum houses that the large Housing Commission apartment complex in Carlton eventually replaced.

April 1977: Elizabeth Thompson with her two children, Paul and Jane, who lived in the Thompson St, Kensington, described by the Tenants' Union as one of the worst houses they’d ever seen. Picture: Herald sun Image Library

April Elizabeth Thompson with her two children, Paul and Jane, who lived in the Thompson St, Kensington, described by the Tenants' Union as one of the worst houses they’d ever seen.

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