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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Walking Tour – True Crimes and Paranormal Activities of North and West Melbourne

The tour will start on Peel Street and will start with the history of the site we know as the Victoria Markets. Initially a cemetery, the markets also have a sordid history of crime and murder. Many have experienced strange and unique happenings around the markets. The tour moves up Victoria Street to the Star of the Sea. Here we ...

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Queen Victoria Market, Peel Steet
West Melbourne, VIC 3003 Australia
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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