Souvenir tourist booklet containing black and white photographs of Melbourne, and a street, railway and tram map of the city, circa 1929.
The booklet states that it is a 'Souvenir of Melbourne' and contains 'the latest views of principal streets, buildings, etc., together with Street, Railway and Tramway Maps'. It promotes Melbourne as 'The Queen City of the South'. It was published by Osboldstone & Co and distributed by the Victorian Authorised News Agents' Association. Several editions of this booklet were published during the early twentieth century.
The booklet includes photographs of: St Kilda Road; Central Railway Station, Flinders Street; Swanston Street; Collins Street; Bourke Street; Elizabeth Street; Queen Street; The Yarra and Port Melbourne; a panoramic view from the Fire Brigade Tower at Eastern Hill; Spring Street showing Grand Hotel, Gordon Statue and Parliament House; Mail steamers at Port Melbourne; the Lawn at Flemington on Cup Day; Henley-on-the-Yarra rowing event; Members Reserve and Grand Stand, Melbourne Cricket Club; Government House; Alexandra Gardens; Queen Victoria Gardens - Lady Janet Clarke Memorial; General Post Office Spencer Street; Elizabeth Street Post Office; Stock Exchange; Melbourne Hospital; Parliament House; Metropolitan Fire Brigade Station; the Exhibition Building; Public Library and Museum; Interior of Reading Room, Public Library; St Pauls and St Patricks cathedrals; Ormond College, Melbourne University; Wilson Hall, Melbourne University; Church of England Grammar School; Scotch College; Wesley College; St. Xaviers College.
The images are a great social history resource, showing people and the fashions of the time, trams, cars, street lights, architecture, infrastructure, well-loved shops such as the Coles Book Arcade, and advertising hoardings for companies such as Kodak and Warburton Franki.
36 page booklet, including the brown card cover, bound with two metal staples. The front cover features blue, red and gold text with decorative scrollwork and an illustration of an owl. The back cover has a railway and tram map of Melbourne.The inside front cover features a short essay on Melbourne in blue ink. The inside back cover has a street map of Melbourne with index. Inside the cream coloured pages feature black and white photographs with captions underneath in black print.
Donation from Judy Wheeler, 14/06/2012
Osboldstone & Co. Pty Ltd, Printers, Temple Court Place Little Collins Street, Melbourne, Greater Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, circa 1929
An inscription on front cover shows that it was presented to its owner in September 1929, suggesting it was printed that year. Osboldstone are listed as printers and publishers.
Front, top right, black ink, handwritten: ' ?ddie from Mother / May 22nd/29' Front cover, printed: 'MELBOURNE / Illustrated [red ink] / PRESENT-DAY / VIEWS / The Victorian Authorised News Agents' Association / MELBOURNE [blue ink] Front cover, bottom right, stamped, blue ink: 'E.E. DAVIS / Popular Book Store / 201 BOURKE ST / MELBOURNE'
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