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Threads of Fate: Unraveling Lena’s Legacy

Once upon a time, Lena Johnson, née Condon, resided in the vibrant area of Hotham, now known as North Melbourne, surrounded by her loving family and her own children. Provost ...

Beyond the Inscription: A Journey Through Maude’s World

Amidst the hushed whispers of history, a tale of sisterhood, secrets, and a cherished heirloom unfolds. In the heart of Hotham, a leather-bound Bible serves as a silent witness to ...

Beyond the Shopfront: The Secrets of 71 Miller Street Revealed

Nestled along the once bustling thoroughfare of Miller Street in West Melbourne lies a hidden gem of historical intrigue—71 Miller Street. This unassuming address holds within its walls a rich ...

Historic Maps of North and West Melbourne

Following on from Sarah Ryan's highly informative talk about the historic maps of North and West Melbourne for Hotham History Project on Tuesday May 23rd, she has provided us with ...

Protected: Location map of the Melbourne Benevolent Asylum

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Why The Secrecy?

The Melbourne City Council is buying up a North Melbourne block. The buying program started about six years ago and the council now owns at least half the Capel Street ...

Optomise mega-size images

This video shows a method of making huge images smaller while still maintaining image clarity. Video here ...

Optical Character Recognition

Optical character recognition is the electronic or mechanical conversion of images of typed, handwritten or printed text into machine-encoded text, whether from a scanned document, a photo of a document, ...

Memories of life in North Melbourne since 1929

Long-time North Melbourne identity Nancy McIntosh passed away recently at the grand age of 98. The last issue of the News published a moving obituary written by her daughter June ...

A long road to recovery for young polio patient

In the 1930s, there were strict rules about who could visit hospitals and who could not. The rules were very strict for children, the reason being that visitors only upset ...

Abbotsford Street has a link to the Scottish Borders

Abbotsford Street runs like a spine through North and West Melbourne. Its unusual name springs from a connection with famous Scottish novelist Sir Walter Scott and his home in the ...

Where Irish settled in Australia

Since 1791, Irish people have emigrated to Australia. Emigration initiatives such as the Earl Grey scheme for orphan girls in the 1840s, and events such as the Irish Famine in ...

Ailsa O’Connor

This sketch of a group of houses in Chapman Street, North Melbourne, is by Ailsa O'Connor in 1972, who was a teacher at Flemington High School when it was housed ...

Mr Dott’s Glass Works in Munster Terrace

Sir, Mr Jas Cooney’s letter in “The Age” of 27th October asked whether anyone can remember Mr Dott’s glass works in Munster terrace – also the Crocketts. I knew them ...

The AGE Letters 1934

The Royal Historical Society of Victoria (RHSV) has some wonderful old scrapbooks of press cuttings in its collection. Long before TROVE existed some HHP members were trawling through these scrapbooks ...

Three Historical Sites

Three Historical Sites The letter of “J.H.K.” in “The Age” entitled “Three Historical Sites” is opportune, since an illustrated brochure containing an historical review of the schools that were first ...

The Early History of North Melbourne

ORIGIN OF THE TOWN. Owing to the discovery of gold in Victoria in the year 1851, thousands of people from all parts of the world hastened to Australia, buoyed up ...

COSY COTTAGE MURAL

This mural was designed by Kaye Hopwood and painted at a North Melbourne Street party on the 27th February 1982, photo by Peter Elliott. On the left of the mural ...

Walk into history.

In North Melbourne, the streets are alive with the sound of literature. We have a Byron Street, and Lothian, Dryburgh and Abbotsford streets are all echoes of Sir Walter Scott ...

Say ‘hello’ to Antonino when he’s out for a stroll on our streets

Antonino Misale puts on his classic cap and blazer and takes to the streets of North Melbourne. The sprightly 94-year-old offers a smile and a wave to everyone he meets ...

Opening of the Hotham Town Hall.

Just imagine how proud and accomplished the members of our local community must have felt after raising sufficient funds to design and construct the North Melbourne Town Hall (previously called ...

St James Old Cathedral – Pioneer Service

PREFACE The attached sermon focusing on the life and service of Canon Michael Henry Becher (1819-1883) was delivered by the current incumbent, Canon Matt Williams, at the Annual Pioneer Service ...

North Melbourne’s Oldest House

Dear "Northern Advertiser”, - Is this the oldest house in North Melbourne? The following is an extract from National Trust Newsletter February 1971, page 5:— "1857 House Threatened." "The simple ...

Unfinished Work

A book is being published by friends of the late Ailsa O'Connor. It is entitled "Unfinished Work ... articles and notes on Women and the Politics of Art". As the ...

Trust Classifications

The National Trust has classified eleven buildings and two organs in North and West Melbourne. CLASSIFIED PROPERTIES "Brassey House", 111 Chapman Street, 1888 Former Cable Tram Engine House, Corner Queensberry ...

News from the past.

PAGES FROM THE PAST A page from the 1 860 North Melbourne Directory lists the names and occupations of the citizens of our district over one hundred years ago. What ...

Once upon a time in North Melbourne.

When veteran locals get together, we often chat about how the area has changed. There is so much to remember. For example, there are the trams. They are still sometimes ...

Keep Victoria Market Association

In 1971 after the inaugural meeting of the Keep Victoria Market Association, a public meeting was held at 44 Errol Street, North Melbourne. It was chaired by the late Rev ...

Making The Past Alive

Lively anecdotes about the past were greatly enjoyed by the audience when Dr. J. R. Blanchard gave the report for the History Work Group. This Work Group has acquired a ...

Hotham Ward History

For the next few weeks readers have an opportunity of seeing a unique display of material on the history of North Melbourne. The History Work Group of the North Melbourne ...