The Hotham History Project is a community group with an interest in the history of North and West Melbourne, formerly known as Hotham.



The Benevolent Asylum – Guided Walking Tour

Please join members and friends to learn more about the the Benevolent Asylum, the first permanent building in the area. Opened in 1851 on a ten-acre site in rolling green countryside, later to be bound by Abbotsford, Elm, Curzon and Miller Streets, it grew into a massive complex of three-story buildings, housing some 700 souls, which dominated the North and ...

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True North

A self guided walk to view the Hoardings erected at the new Arden train station worksite. The hoardings give a glimpse into some of the rich history of North Melbourne. Read more about the True North project here.          

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The Hotham History Articles tab is a collection of stories about North and West Melbourne