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A blog about the history of the former Melbourne municipality of Collingwood.

18 February 2012

Through Hodgkinson's eyes in 1858 52/8/1

This photograph is part of the Friday Photos 2012 group under the theme of "Eyes".

This map of Collingwood was drawn in 1858 from surveys undertaken by Clement Hodgkinson after whom Hodgkinson Street Clifton Hill is named. Can you recognize what he saw? On the right (eastern) boundary of the map is the Yarra River. Towards the top you can see the confluence with Merri Creek which is very different from what you see today. That confluence was moved during the construction of the Eastern Freeway in the 1970s. But you can see Dight's mill near the confluence and remnants of that are still to be found today near Dight's Falls.

The road on the western (left) boundary of the map is Hoddle Street and the wooded area between Hoddle Street and the Yarra is bounded on the south by Johnston Street. That wooded area now includes the railway line and Victoria Park Station, Victoria Park, and many houses and other buildings. Today Trenerry Crescent runs north to the east of this map from Johnston Street around past Dight's Falls and under the freeway to Clifton Hill.

This is only a small section of the Hodgkinson map. If you would like to see more of it and compare other parts of Collingwood he saw in 1858 get on over to the Collingwood Historical Society website Maps Online section. You will find this map and a range of other maps of Collingwood.

Looking at Collingwood through the eyes of someone living in 1858 certainly provides a different perspective to that of today.

12 February 2012

Collingwood Library 52/7/3

This photograph is part of the Friday Photos 2012 group under the theme of "Reading".

Collingwood Library became part of the Carringbush Regional Library in 1976 and moved to this building in Stanton Street Abbotsford in 1978. The new library was opened in July 1978 by Gough Whitlam. The building was formerly a Church of Christ Tabernacle which opened on May 1889. The building was sold to Collingwood Council in 1976 and was converted into a library with a new entrance to the east and a free-standing mezzanine area. The former Sunday School room became a community meeting room.

© Anne Holmes

Former Collingwood Library 52/7/2

This photo is submitted as part of the Flickr Friday Photos 2012 group under the theme of "Reading".

Collingwood Library was located in the northern portion of the Collingwood Town Hall once it was opened in 1887 and municipal functions moved here. Initially there was a subscribers' reading room and lecture hall on the ground floor and ladies' and men's reading rooms on the upper floor.

Collingwood Library became part of Carringbush Regional Library (Collingwood and Richmond Councils) in 1976 and moved around the corner to Stanton Street in July 1978. At the time of becoming part of the region, Collingwood Library consisted of a staff area at the front of the ground floor, a storage area under the stairs, and another one to the south of the adult library as well as the adult library. Upstairs were the children's library and associated workroom. The men's reading room had by that time become the Upper Supper Room.

Read all about it! 52/7/1

Read all about it! 52/7/1 by Collingwood Historical Society
Read all about it! 52/7/1, a photo by Collingwood Historical Society on Flickr. This photo has been entered in the Flickr Friday Photo Challenge on the theme of "Reading".

These are some of Collingwood Historical Society's publications about the history of the area. If you want more details check out the website here:

04 February 2012

VicPark: where the Magpies flew 52/4/1

This photo has been included in the Friday Photos 2012 challenge for the weekly theme of "Birds".

Convent Gardens 52/5/2

Convent Gardens 52/5/2 by Collingwood Historical Society
Convent Gardens 52/5/2, a photo by Collingwood Historical Society on Flickr.

In the 1980's the Abbotsford Convent was the venue for a music festival - Music In the Round - a weekend of chamber music performed by Melbourne's outstanding classical musicians. Throughout the day, music would waft across the gardens as festival-goers enjoyed picnicking outdoors on the lawns while listening to string quartets. Wonderful!

Music continues to have a home here, and while I was scouting the area for photo opportunities, Indian sitar music was being played for patrons of the restaurants on the east side of the convent. pm

This photo has been included in the Friday 2012 photo challenge for the weekly theme of "outdoors".

Darling Gardens Clifton Hill 52/5/3

This photo has been included in the Friday 2012 photo challenge for the weekly theme of "outdoors".

Clarke Street Gates 52/5/1

Abbotsford Convent: out-doors! This photo has been included in the Friday 2012 photo challenge for the weekly theme of "outdoors".

Darling Gardens

Morning light casts shadows

Morning light casts shadows by Collingwood Historical Society
Morning light casts shadows, a photo by Collingwood Historical Society on Flickr.

Clifton Hill Baptist Church aka Community Church of St Mark. Baptists first met in Clifton Hill in the Albert Hall in Queens Parade from 1890 until this Romanesque polychromatic red brick with cream and brown dressings opened on 2 October 1895. The foundation stone had been laid on 25 June 1895. The foundation stone for the matching hall to the east was laid on 1 December 1902.

This photo has been included in the Friday 2012 photo challenge for the weekly theme of "light".

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