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Australia (Eyewitness Travel Guides)

"This will be the place for a village" John Batman 1835

State Library
was built in 1853 by Josph Reed and is the oldest state library in Australia. The dome was added in 1911. It is being restored at present.

 Melbourne Museum
was opened in 2000 and includes a vast collection, I Max 3D Theatre, Children's Museum and an Aboriginal Centre. A Victorian rain forest grows in the heart of the building!

National Gallery of Victoria
Built in 1968 the present Gallery was designed by Roy Grounds and built in 1968. The NGV was founded in 1861 and originally in the State Library on Swanston Street

Heide Museum of Modern Art

Polly Woodside Maritime Museum
1885 is one of the last windjammers afloat

 Victorian Arts Centre
Built in 1981 and part of the Victorian Arts Centre the Melbourne Concert Hall was designed by Roy Grounds and is used primarily for orchestral concerts. 3/4 of the building is below ground level!
Built in 1984 The State Theatre is also part of the Victorian Arts Centre, seats 2000 and includes the Playhouse with 850 seats and the Studio with 450. Its spire is 162 metres.
Performing Arts Museum is housed in the Victorian Arts Centre too.

Federation Square
contains the Museum of Australian Art, a Cinemedia Centre, shops, cafes and restaurant.
Ian Potter Centre

 Princess Bridge
designed by D'Ebro and Grainger (the father of Percy Grainger) and built from bluestone which was quarried in Footscray

Queen Victoria Market

Museum of Chinese Australian History
Jewish Museum
Australian Gallery of Sport and Olympic Museum
Australian Toy Museum
Captain Cooks Cottage
Melbourne Cricket Ground


The Princess Theatre
was designed by William Pitt and built in 1887, it is said to be haunted by the ghost of Federici!

Regent Theatre


Fitzroy Gardens, Melbourne, Australia

The Botanical Gardens
is home to over 51,000 individual plants from around the world.

Catani Gardens St Kilda

 Edinburg Gardens


 Flinders Street Station
designed by JW Fawcell & HPC Ashworth Australia's first stea train left here in 1854. The Building was completed in 1910 and revamped in the 1990's. Each week more than 10,300 passenger-carrying train operate to and from here - on an average weekday more than 110,000 people use its 10 platforms and Platform 1 at 708 metres is the world's fourth longest railway platform! The old fashioned clock faces over the entrance still display the next scheduled departures of the Alamein, Lilydale and Sandringham lines in roman numerals. -Did you know there is a Ballroom here?

The State Library
designed by Joseph Reed and built in 1856, its dome was added in 1911.

RMIT Building
Building 8 on Swanston St is an exciting building which houses the Student Union, Lecture rooms and Offices
Storey Hall designed by Ashton Raggatt McDougall and built in 1996 the classical 1887 exterior now has an exciting innovative interior

Melbourne Town Hall
designed by Joseph Reed and built in 1867 from Tasmanian stone. The portico was added 1887 and the main hall holds 3000

City Baths
italianate style and designed by John Clark, built in 1903, it has swimming pools, gymnasiums, spas, saunas, and squash courts.

Luna Park

Queen Victoria Market
have a Heritage Tour and a "Foodies" Tour

Royal Mint
280 William Street
Designed by JJ Clark in the Renaissance Revival style and opened in 1872.  The Old Mint closed in 1968 when decimal currency was introduced.

Supreme Court
designed by Smith and Johnson and built in 1874

Rialto Towers
Designed by Gerard de Preu and partners with Perrett Lyon Mathieson Pty Ltd this twin tower complex is linked to the original Gothic Rialto building which was built in 1890. 66 levels, 242 metres high with an observation deck for superb views of Melbourne


designed by AE Johnson and built in 1859 with a clock tower which was completed in 188. It has been re-developed as a hotel and retail development.

Bourke Street Mall
1937 In june surveyor Robert Hoddle conducted the 1st government auction, selling half-acre blocks on the south side of Bourke Street for 25 pounds each  In November the blocks on the north side sold for 36 pound each
1951 Buckley and Nunn opened its doors (now David Jones)
1859 the GPO is opened
1911 Sidney Myer opened the Myer drapery store
1956 The 1st Myer Christmas window which featured the Olympics and the beginning of television

Immigration Museum
is in the Old Customs House, a building dating from 1873 - see history from the early 1800's to the present day, moving images, memorabilia, displays

Australian Centre for the Moving Image
Melbourne Museum
Windsor Hotel

Royal Arcade
Block Arcade
333 Collins St

dates from the 1850's

Treasury Building
designed by John Clarke and built in 1858 it is now a museum

Cooks Cottage

Tasma Terrace
6 three story townhouses designed by Charles Webb is owned and has been restored by the National Trust of Australia (Victoria)

Old Melbourne Gaol
Built in 1864 it has seen 135 hangings including Ned Kelly's in 1880. It is now a Museum

Parliament House
Designed by Kerr and Knight and built in 1865 - Australia's Federal Government sat here from 1901-1927

Melbourne Zoo
African Rainforest, Butterfly house, Reptile House and more!

astronomy, cosmology, space exploration and the night sky

Exhibition Building
designed by Joseph Reed and built in 1879 for the International Exhibition of 1880 by David Mitchell who was the father of Dame Nellie Melba. It was used for the Centennial Exhibition of 1888 and the Opening of the First Federal Parliament.

Old Magistrate's Court
designed by GBH Austin and built in 1911 in the Norman style.

Melbourne Cricket Ground
the world's largest capacity ground

Melbourne Park
designed by Philip Cox, Richardson & Taylor and built in 1988 it consists of a Centre Court holding 150,000 20 other courts and its feature is the 700 tonne retractable roof on the Centre Court

Como House
The land was acquire by E E Williams in 1846 and he built the first part of the present house with the gardens running down to the river. It is said he was reminded of Lake Como in Italy and named his house Como. In 1854 John Brown added the veranda which was imported from Scotland. The Armytage family who were owners from 1864-1959 built the ballroom.

Shrine of Rememberance
designed by Hudson and Wardrop and built in 1934 as a memorial to Victorians who gave their lives in World War 1. A dawn ceremony is held here on Anzac Day, 25 April each year

La Trobe's Cottage
was brought to Melbourne in 1839 by Superintendent Charles Joseph La Trobe as a small prefabricated cottage.


Government House

Melbourne Trams
the Docklands History


St Pauls Cathedral
was designed by William Butterfield and built in 1877, and has the second highest Anglican spire in the world.

St Patrick's Cathedral
designed by William Wardell and built in 1863, bluestone with a 103 metre spire it is the largest cathedral in Australia

St Francis Church
designed by Samuel Jackson and built in 1841

Wesley Church
designed by Joseph Reed and built in 1857,

St James Cathedral
1839 is Melbourne's oldest church and has enclosed family pews


Scots Church
Designed by Joseph Reed and built in 1873 by David Mitchel (father of Dame Nellie Melba)it has beautiful stained glass windows and was built in sandstone and limestone.

Baptist Church
designed by Joh Gill and built in 1845 its portico added in 1862

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