Six men in a seat.

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 Melbourne a very ...
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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

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 temperance walk. The ...
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The corner grocery shop

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, people would shop at the ...
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Carolyn’s story

We lived in a two-storey terrace at 594 Spencer Street, West Melbourne, between Hawke and Abbotsford streets. My parents slept in the front room downstairs, next to the lounge room, ...
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Lest we forget

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 during World War ...
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Hotham History visits Jack’s Magazine.

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. What is Jack's ...
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Hotham History Project – Rough Diamond

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 be staged by ...
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Holding onto our history

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 keys. Notetakers were ...
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Historic precinct a rare treasure

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 on the Victorian ...
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Evoking a sense of place – two stories of West Melbourne

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 researched — and who had once ...
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Errol Street 100 Years Apart

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 forms part of ...
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Cable trams made tracks along our streets

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 left Melbourne years ...
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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

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 years from the ...
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Generations of the Faithful

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 and 31 October ...
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At Home on Hotham Hill

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 Guy Murphy, At ...
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115 years on and engine house faces…

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 the streets of Melbourne between 1927 ...
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When history walked the streets

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 patch 0 signed ...
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The old Temperance Hall: a historical journey

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 side of the ...
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