Hotham Borough named in 1859

In 1859 the area that is known as North Melbourne was named the Hotham borough, after the governor of Victoria Charles Hotham. Hotham's first Post Office opened on 20 March ...
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Let’s hear it for Hotham

Historic Bowls Day—20 March 2005 The City of Melbourne Bowls Club was delighted to welcome members and friends of the Hotham History Project to our joint Heritage Bowls Day on ...
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The old Temperance Hall: a historical journey

by Jillian Ball Approaching the old hall at 456 Queensberry Street, between Leveson and Chetwynd streets, the visitor might notice the unusual entry, which has a bay-windowed shop on either ...
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The lost picture palaces of North and West Melbourne

by Miriam Manne In the late 1970’s I saw a poster advertising holiday screenings of a series of Shirley Temple films at the Central Theatre (now the Lithuanian Club) at ...
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St Mary Star of the Sea

by Jullian Ball St Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Church in West Melbourne has a new chapel, dedicated to the the Madonna del Terzito. Located near the base of ...
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Six men in a seat.

by Bill Hannan As we drew close to the federal election, the nature of representation in the Melbourne electorate took on a fresh interest. ABC psephologist Antony Green called today's ...
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Sesquicentenary of the forerunner of the Errol Street Primary School

2007 marks the 150th anniversary of the opening of Mrs Elizabeth Ann Mattingley's Infant School in her double-storey weatherboard house at 18 Errol Street, near where Errol's Bakehouse Pantry operates ...
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Prince of Angels

The story of St Michael’s Church, North Melbourne, 1907-2007 Prince of Angels, the latest publication of the Hotham History Project, had a dramatic launching in St Michael's Church on Hotham ...
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Local hall takes us on a walk through our past

by Bill Hannan One of the first history walks conducted by the Hotham History Project was a - pub walk. It seemed right, therefore, that the Project should organise a ...
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The corner grocery shop

by Carolyn Whiting (nee Howe) Do you remember the corner grocery shops? Carolyn Whiting does and printed below are some of her memories. In the days before the large supermarkets, ...
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Carolyn’s story

Carolyn's story by Carolyn Whiting (nee Howe) We lived in a two-storey terrace at 594 Spencer Street, West Melbourne, between Hawke and Abbotsford streets. My parents slept in the front ...
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Lest we forget

by Lorna Hannan The monument at the Victoria Street end of Errol Street was erected by the local Red Cross to honour men from North and West Melbourne who fought ...
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Hotham History visits Jack’s Magazine.

by Lorraine Siska. In March, Hotham History Project members found their way to this remarkable 19th-century edifice that nestles inside impressive bluestone walls on the banks of the Maribyrnong River ...
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Hotham History Project – Rough Diamond

by Mary Kehoe After the business of the meeting, there will be a reading from the play Rough Diamond, by John Baldwin Buckstone, as a precursor to a performance to ...
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Holding onto our history

by Janet Graham FIRST STOP was the locker room, past reception at street level. Bags had to be left here, as did pens, in very efficient individual lockers with personal ...
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Historic precinct a rare treasure

by Mary Kehoe How many know that the small block bounded by Curzon, Queensberry, Union and Elm streets contains the highest concentration of buildings in North and West Melbourne listed ...
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Evoking a sense of place – two stories of West Melbourne

by Lorraine Siska and David Evans Earlier this year Hotham History Protect members Lorraine Siska and David Evans gave presentations on two 19th-century men and their families whom they had ...
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Errol Street 100 Years Apart

by Mary Kehoe There were enormous changes in the Errol Street Shopping Centre in the 100 years that separate these two photos. The shop now occupied by Gary Bohmer's Pharmacy ...
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Cable trams made tracks along our streets

by Lorna Hannan It is now a few years since my Uncle Neville (Clement Neville Govern died. He became my uncle when he married my aunt, Leila Bums. He had ...
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A fascination with local history inspired this Queensland-born reference librarian’s commitment to recording and preserving North and West Melbourne’s heritage

by Jillian Ball Mary Kehoe's interest in local history research began with the stories of the Benevolent Asylum, which had been a landmark on Melbourne's western skyline for over 60 ...
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Generations of the Faithful

by Jullian Ball One of the highlights of the Curzon Street church's 150th anniversary was the historic exhibition 'Generations of the Faithful' held in the Elm Street Hall between 29 ...
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At Home on Hotham Hill

by Jillian Ball One hundred and twenty years after it was built, the `Bougainvillea House' on the corner of Curran and Dryburgh streets has been immortalised in a book by ...
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115 years on and engine house faces…

by JILLIAN BALL AND GEOFF GAFF Traces of cable trams are scarce in Melbourne, although Melbourne once had the world's most extensive network of cable trams. They gradually disappeared from ...
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When history walked the streets

by Lorna Hannan Hundreds of women and men in North and West Melbourne played their part in getting women the vote in Victoria. Some 800 women who lived in our ...
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The old Temperance Hall: a historical journey

by Jillian Ball Approaching the old hall at 456 Queensberry Street, between Leveson and Chetwynd streets, the visitor might notice the unusual entry, which has a bay-windowed shop on either ...
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