One of a subset of 63 negatives and 17 contact prints taken of Melbourne central business district and surrounding areas.
This subset is part of approximately 3,000 negatives taken by Jim Payens, the Melbourne based aerial photographer, and form part of the Payens Collection. The images span the period predominantly between the 1950s - 1970s.
Jim Payens was one of a very small number of Australian photographers to have specialised in oblique and survey aerial photography. He was also one of the earliest Australian aerial photographers. This collection consists predominantly of aerial views of the city of Melbourne, surrounding suburbs and regional Victoria but also extends to other parts of Australia. The Collection depicts a variety of landmark events and major engineering projects throughout Australia including the Australian Grand Prix, Olympic Games (Melbourne & Sydney) and the construction of Eildon Weir.
The Museum also holds the aerial camera and equipment used by Payens to take these images as well as an oral history interview with the photographer.
Description of Content
Oblique aerial photograph of Spencer Street (now Southern Cross) railway yard looking south-east from Arden Street showing the area bounded by Dynon Road, Adderley Street, Victoria Dock (now Melbourne Docklands) and the Yarra River. In the foreground is Dynon Road crossing over the railway yard. Further in is the railway yard showing freight carriages, sheds and station platforms. West of this are three ships in the Dock.
negative; black and white; silver gelatin; cellulose acetate.
Donation & Supplementary Purchase from Mr. Jim Payens, 09/01/2002
Place & Date Depicted
Negative, Black & White
Hand written in blue ink on a yellow envelope that contained this negative along with 62 others and 17 contact prints [envelope now discarded]; 'ASSORTED MELB / SPENCER ST RLY YARDS / BRIDGE / MELB VIEWS' Hand written in grey pencil on a yellow envelope that contained this negative along with 62 others and 17 contact prints [envelope now discarded]; 'c1969' Hand written in grey pencil on the glassine sleeve that contained this negative [sleeve now discarded]; 'No5'
Type of item
Image Dimensions - Negative/s
140 mm (Width), 135 mm (Height)