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

31 December 2012

#blog12daysxmas Day 7 End of life 52/52/2

The residents of this part of Gold Street are taking the holiday break as an opportunity to prepare for a hard rubbish collection with these items which have reached the end of their life.

This photo was submitted by the Collingwood Historical Society for the Flickr Friday Photo 2012 Challenge under the theme of "Endings".

30 December 2012

#blog12daysxmas Day 6 Dead end 52/52/1

Dead end 52/52/1 by Collingwood Historical Society
Dead end 52/52/1, a photo by Collingwood Historical Society on Flickr.

Page Street used to run between Gold Street and Wellington Street in Clifton Hill. But traffic management in recent decades has meant that both parts of the street are now dead ends.  This shot was taken looking west from Gold Street.

This photo is part of the Collingwood Historical Society's contribution to the Flickr Friday Photo 2012 Challenge.

#blog12daysxmas Day 5 Terminus Hotel 52/52/3

Terminus Hotel, Abbotsford 52/52/3 by Collingwood Historical Society
Terminus Hotel, Abbotsford 52/52/3, a photo by Collingwood Historical Society on Flickr.

The Terminus Hotel in Victoria Street Abbotsford (corner of Flockhart Street) has now terminated its services and so is about endings in more way than one. The hotel's name was changed to the Terminus in 1923 to reflect its location near the terminus of the Victoria Street cable-tram at the river, and is on the same site as the previous Brickmakers' Arms Hotel which had been established by 1867. Read about the hotel here.

This photo is part of the Collingwood Historical Society's contribution to the Flickr Friday Photo 2012 Challenge. 

28 December 2012

#blog12daysxmas Day 4 Friendly Societies Hotel 52/50/3

Friendly Societies Hotel 52/50/3 by Collingwood Historical Society
Friendly Societies Hotel 52/50/3, a photo by Collingwood Historical Society on Flickr.

As can be seen from the photograph above, the Friendly Societies Hotel in Langridge Street was built in 1889. This building replaced the earlier Langridge Family Hotel which was on the same site from 1870 to 1889. The owner and publican of the new building, William Nicholls, was a member of six friendly societies as well as being a Freemason and the hotel had a large room for lodge meetings. The hotel changed its name to the Carringbush Hotel in 1984, a reference to Frank Hardy's Power without glory where Carringbush is used as a pseudonym for Collingwood, and maybe also a reference to the Carringbush Regional Library which had been established in 1976. There is more information in the Hotels section of this website

This photo is part of the Collingwood Historical Society's contribution to the Flickr Friday Photo 2012 Challenge. 

#blog12daysxmas Day 3 Foresters Hall 1868: Friendly Societies 52/50/2

Foresters Hall 1868: Friendly Societies 52/50/2 by Collingwood Historical Society
Foresters Hall 1868: Friendly Societies 52/50/2, a photo by Collingwood Historical Society on Flickr.

The former Forester's Hall in Smith Street Collingwood on the northern corner of Langridge was opened in 1868, as the home of the first Victorian branch of the Ancient Order of Foresters.  The building with its large space was used for all sorts of local events including court sessions, bazaars and public meetings. The laying of the memorial stone was recorded in the Argus on Wednesday 25 March 1868.  You can read the account here

This photo is part of the Collingwood Historical Society's contribution to the Flickr Friday Photo 2012 Challenge.

#blog12daysxmas Day 2 Friends of the Earth 52/50/1

Friends of the Earth 52/50/1 by Collingwood Historical Society
Friends of the Earth 52/50/1, a photo by Collingwood Historical Society on Flickr.

The Friends of the Earth in Smith Street on the southern corner of Perry Street is quite a Collingwood institution.  Friends of the Earth (FoE) Australia is a federation of independent local groups working for a socially equitable and environmentally sustainable future.You can find out more about their activities on their website.Their headquarters are on this site in Collingwood where they also operate a cafe and the Collingwood Food Co-Op which first started operation in 1975. Alas, the bookshop that they once operated is no longer here. If you are interested in the history of Friends of the Earth check out the history section of the website.

This photo is part of the Collingwood Historical Society's contribution to the Flickr Friday Photo 2012 Challenge.

#blog12daysxmas Day 1 Collingwood Historical Society Publications


Did you know that the Collingwood historical Society has available for sale a great range of publications about the local history of Abbotsford, Collingwood and Clifton Hill? Amongst others these include Karen Cummings' award-winning history of school in Collingwood, the history of churches in Collingwood and the short history of Collingwood. You can find a full list of them and how to purchase them on the website here



In December members of the Collingwood Historical Society set up a book stall in Queens Parade Clifton Hill (well actually it was in North Fitzroy), and sold lots of books to passersby.  We also enjoyed chatting to people about local history and answering their enquiries.

If you are in Queens Parade and are interested in some local history publications, we have a new outlet for them as the florist, Terrace Gardens 338 Queens Parade, is now stocking them for us!  So pop into Terrace Gardens some time and have a look at our publications while you are buying some flowers or plants. Terrace Gardens are open seven days a week.

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