The Silent Clocktower

No one was surprised when the North Melbourne Town Hall and Municipal Buildings were listed in the heritage register. They are among Melbourne's greatest buildings. But many must have been ...
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The North Melbourne Football Club, The Shinboners’

The story goes that in 1869 some of the lads who lived in what is now North Melbourne had been playing cricket during the summer and wanted to keep active ...
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The Dead and buried memories

James Long digs into some of Melbourne's records “It was nothing to see a kid with a skull under his arm...no respect (in) them days...,” recalls long-time North Melbourne resident ...
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The Benevolent Asylum

Within the next couple of months the Hotham History Project is hoping to publish the first volume in its continuing series of small monographs on the history of North and ...
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Street numbers have a history of their own

To allow for the development of Melbourne, a grid was laidout in 1837, which contained substantially sized blocks that were subdivided for sale. Whilst some thought went into planning the ...
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Lola Russell, the queen of King Street

Melburnians rightly picture the architecture of the 19th century as ornate Classical. Yet there are very few remaining examples of what Georgian Melbourne looked like before the gold rushes. One ...
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Hotham History Project AGM

During the course of the afternoon, three speakers gave an account of their research, which was varied in subject and approach. The North Melbourne Town Hall Bill Hannan reported on ...
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Moving around: stories of a North Melbourne family

The Hotham History Project launched its 12th publication in grand style on 14 December last year when over 100 members and friends gathered in St Michael's Hall to hear the ...
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A West Melbourne lad: Monash moves on.

For many of us certainly for me John Monash's fame as a soldier has eclipsed his record as an engineer and administrator. Monash in fact combined army work with private ...
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Men of Hotham and other extraordinary people.

Launch of Annals of Hotham Vol 5 Pride of Hotham: A tale of North Melbourne and a red-headed architect, the fifth in the Hotham History Project's Annals of Hotham series, ...
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Men and mountains of North Melbourne

Visitors to the North Melbourne Town Hall clock tower during the Spring Fling had a wonderful view of North Melbourne. The town hall is on the southern edge of the ...
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North Melbourne Metropolitan Meat Market

At the heart of North Melbourne, on the corners of Queensberry and Errol Streets, is a local cultural hub known as the Arts House. Operating from the iconic North Melbourne ...
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Made in Italy

The markings on the insole and under the shoe say "Made in Italy": Angelo points to several signs that it is not an Italian shoe and illustrates his point by ...
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A Long History

At a time when Melbourne was still part of the extensive colony of New South Wales, an Irish family of free settlers by the name of Long arrived in North ...
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Local History to be published

A committee of past and present North Melbourne residents who believed the region's past had never been fully recorded, are compiling a history book to be published next year. The ...
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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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