Life of Thomas Henderson

After a year as Mayor of the then Town of Hotham, in 1877 Thomas Henderson donated, to the people of Hotham, an elaborate cast iron drinking fountain and canopy. The ...
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Who was Lady Huntingfield?

One of North Melbourne's oldest kindergartens is the Lady Huntingfield which nowadays has its main entrance in Haines Street. (Once the entrance was at the end of Harris Street, now ...
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Infamous diamond jewellery heist North Melbourne, 1934.

Eighty years and one week ago (give or take some small change) a daring heist rattled North Melbourne's otherwise peaceful Errol Street. The theft of three trays of diamond jewellery ...
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Iron House under threat.

It doesn't strike you as a house worthy of particular notice, but behind its simple facade, the Iron House at 59 Arden Street has a long history. It was prefabricated ...
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The Iron House.

It was fascinating to go back and look at what had changed over the last 25 years of the North Melbourne News (the "and West” was added later). The technology ...
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In the swim – history of the North Melbourne pool.

Built in 1909 as the North Melbourne Baths, the pool sits daintily at the intersection of Macaulay Road and Arden Street, nestled among industrial buildings and sports fields. It is ...
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North Melbourne Town Hall – In Search of Time.

My father was devoted to having the right time. When he wound our mantel clock, he would check it against his pocket watch. To get the right time on his ...
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How we live in the heat.

Refuge is an ongoing project of Arts House. It encourages the community to explore some of the difficulties we have experienced in the past and may experience in the future ...
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Hotham Post Office

A Post Office was established at Hotham on March 20, 1860 with J. McGibbon appointed postmaster at a commencing allowance of 70 pounds per annum. As the average amount paid ...
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Hotham Makes History

The foundation stone of the Benevolent Asylum, the first permanent building in North Melbourne, was laid on 24 June 1850. On this clear and sparkling winter's day a long and ...
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Hotham Bells

Earlier this year, hail broke the glass on the Errol Street face of the clock on the Hotham Town Hall, known variously over the years as the Hotham Town Hall, ...
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Fascinating history of our local lanes.

Streets and laneways. In 1855, what is now North Melbourne was the Hotham Ward of the municipality of Melbourne in the Colony of Victoria. Although we now say 'Hotham' with ...
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The Henderson Cast Iron Fountain

The City of Melbourne has agreed to the restoration of the Henderson cast iron fountain outside the North Melbourne Town Hall, following submissions of the North and West Melbourne Association ...
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Haddow’s Hardware

514 - 516 Queensberry Street North Melbourne Some of North Melbourne’s oldest buildings have been given a new life in recent years. With an increase in demand for inner city ...
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Grave situation at Melbourne’s Queen Victoria Market

It is thought there were more than 10,000 people buried in the Old Melbourne Cemetery. Now more than 10,000 people visit the Queen Victoria Market every day — on top ...
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Good days in old North

We came to North Melbourne to live in 1965. Basically, we have lived here ever since and oddly enough, because I can remember shifting into Shiel Street, I still think ...
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Errol Street North Melbourne Primary School celebrates 150 years.

The ‘City of Poonah’, according to a passenger named William Parker Snow in his Voyage to Port Phillip in the City of Poonah, 1852, was a fine ship of 800 ...
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Empire of Arden Street.

25 Arden Street North Melbourne. The significance of the little Bulla factory located in North Melbourne’s famous Arden Street is by no means small. The factory, that has sat tucked ...
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Ellis Auction Rooms

103 to 107 Errol Street North Melbourne. Barnette Ellis was born in Sydney on 24 September 1837, the seventh of 11 children to Elias and Rebecca Ellis, who had left ...
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Uniting Church celebrates 150 years of history.

In 2004 the Uniting Church congregation of Mark the Evangelist will celebrate its contribution to the history of the North Melbourne community over the past 150 years. The sesquicentenary celebrations ...
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Cornelius O’Mahony and the Catalpa rescue

During the 19th century there were many schools in North and West Melbourne and those we still have today are descendants of some of those early schools. St Mary’s Primary ...
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Education in North and West Melbourne

Catholics have played a major role in schooling in the area since 1886. St Mary's parish in West Melbourne was established in 1854. The ‘old' St Mary's church and school ...
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Burke and Wills – 150 years celebration

Burke and Wills - 150years celebration When Burke and Wills rode away from the Royal Society building on the edge of what is now the city of Melbourne, there was ...
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Billy Maloney: a prize speaker with a humanitarian heart

The past and the present in North Melbourne well and truly mixed from 5 to 10 December last year. A week of performances of an exciting new play, Billy Maloney, ...
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Bastow’s rich past lives on

It’s been a long time coming but finally, in July, the Bastow Institute opened its doors to students and teachers. However, the students are not the primary aged children for ...
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West Melbourne Baptist Church

During the 20th century, much of the historic 19th-century building fabric of West Melbourne was destroyed. A case in point is the West Melbourne Baptist Church. In 1866 a bluestone ...
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Arriving and thriving

On Wedneday the 5th of August around sixty current and former North Melbourne residents gathered at the Town Hall for an evening of oral history. Part of the Arriving and ...
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A history of the printing school site

The site of the RMIT Printing School was originally part of the two-acre Presbyterian Church reserve bounded by Curzon, Elm, Union and Queensberry Streets. The Denominational School Board donated a ...
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John Monash: a man of war and peace

John Monash's connection to North and West Melbourne did not end with his early childhood in Dudley Street. In 1887 what would become a lifelong interest in military affairs saw ...
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Melbourne Benevolent Asylum 150th anniversary procession.

Blue and white streamers and balloons decorated some of the streets of North and West Melbourne on Friday 10 November. This time, however, the celebration was not a Grand Final ...
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