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

13 May 2012

Banks of the Yarra off Trenerry Crescent 52/20/3

This photograph is submitted by the Collingwood Historical Society as part of the Flickr Friday Photos 2012 under the theme of "water".

This shot of the Yarra and the foliage surrounding the river is typical of much of the river frontage on the Kew part of the river, whilst the Collingwood side was used for industry. This area just south of Dight's Mill and in behind the buildings of Trenerry Crescent is today a little haven from the bustle of the nearby Eastern Freeway and other traffic in the busy inner urban streets surrounding it.



If you want to read further about the Yarra and its history, a good book to start with is Kristin Otto's Yarra: a diverting history of Melbourne's murky river which was published by Text in 2005.

Yarra at Dight's Falls 52/20/2

This photo is submitted by the Collingwood Historical Society to the Flickr Friday Photos 2012 challenge under the theme of "water".

It is not very easy to get close to Dight's Falls at present due to ongoing "improvement" works in the area and to the falls.  However, it was a no brainer to include Dight's Falls in a series of photos about water.  Dight's Falls are just east of the confluence of the Merri Creek and the Yarra River and are the furthermost point that boats can navigate upstream from the mouth of the Yarra. The Falls are called after Dight's Mill which was to the left of the photo. Unfortunately the course of both the Yarra and the Merri Creek in this area was changed during the contruction of the Eastern Freeway in the 1970s and it is very difficult to work out what the lie of the land (and water) was before this time.

Yarra Hotel 52/20/1

Yarra Hotel 52/20/1 by Collingwood Historical Society
Yarra Hotel 52/20/1, a photo by Collingwood Historical Society on Flickr.

This photo is submitted by the Collingwood Historical Society as part of the Flickr Friday Photos 2012 challenge under the theme of "water".
  
In Melbourne one of the words that is synonymous with water is "Yarra" the name of the river on which the city was established. In Collingwood where much of the eastern border of the former municipality was formed by the Yarra the river played a significant part in its development.

This photograph is of the Yarra Hotel situated in Johnston Street, Abbotsford about five minutes walk from the Yarra. The first hotel on this site from 1855 was a brick building, and took its name from the original proprietor Mrs Margaret Mackay. From about 1864 the name changed to the Yarra Hotel and the initial building was replaced later in the nineteenth century by the existing ornate late Victorian hotel in the mannerist style.

Victoria has a number of Italianate hotels built around this period, but the Yarra is an outstanding example due to the scale of its distinctive pediment and rendered ornamentation, which remain largely intact, although the painting of the render work is to be deplored. This black and white photo gives a good sense of what the hotel must have looked like.

06 May 2012

Mr Warming's corner window 52/19/3

This photograph is submitted by the Collingwood Historical Society as part of the Flickr Friday Photos 2012 challenge under the theme of "windows".

The Clifton Hill Hotel prominently situated on the corner of Queens Parade and Wellington Street Clifton has connections to the other two photos in this theme. The hotel which is currently opposite the former St John's Parish Hall was built in 1884 by Frederick Warming whose name can be seen on the parapet above the corner window.

Warming had been the publican of the previous Clifton Hill Hotel which operated a couple of doors to the east from 1872 until 1884 when it was leased to the police after Warming opened his new hotel. The hotel operated in the same location under the name Daniel O'Connell from 1869 to 1871. The site of the hotel before moving to the corner location was probably 105 Queens Parade which was later the residence and rooms of surgeon, J. Forbes Mackenzie.

Surgeon's windows 52/19/2

This photo is submitted by the Collingwood Historical Society as part of the Flickr Friday Photos 2012 challenge under the theme of "windows".

These windows at 105 Queens Parade Clifton Hill are currently windows at the premises of Clifton Hill and District Chiropractic Clinic. However, for many years 105 Queens Parade Clifton Hill was the residence and rooms of eminent Melbourne surgeon Dr J. Forbes Mackenzie who also practiced as a consulting surgeon at nearby St Vincent's Hospital. Max Meldrum's portrait of Dr Forbes Mackenzie won the 1940 Archibald Prize for portraiture.

Holy Spirit window detail 52/19/1

This photograph is submitted by the Collingwood Historical Society as part of the Flickr Friday Photos 2012 challenge under the theme of windows.

The window is a detail of one of a number of similar windows on the Queens Parade frontage of former St John's Hall on the corner of Wellington Street. Its exact location is clearly identified by the image in the photograph of the former National Bank building on the opposite corner in North Fitzroy.

The foundation stone for the St John's Catholic Parish Hall was laid by Archbishop Daniel Mannix on 2 September 1917. It replaced four shops which had been between the school and the corner and was opened on 18 April 1918 by the Apostolic Delegate, Archbishop Caltaneo.

That same year yhe premises started life as an early silent movie theatre operated by Robert McLeish who also operated the Northcote, the Austral in Johnston Street Collingwood and the Rivoli in Camberwell. The Clifton cinema was also operated by Hoyts, World Film Distributors and Cinema Italia over the years until it finally closed as a cinema in 1983. After that time it also operated as the Clifton Dance Studio but the hall section of the building was demolished in 1999 and the space was used to provide extra space including a playground for the school.

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