Remembering Melbourne Beyond the Golden Mile – Term 3

Term 3 2021 Thursdays at 10.00am


This continuation from the Remembering Melbourne Course will explore the traditional ownership, the topography and the history of colonial settlement from the 1840s of the inner suburbs. This course will also present stories of colourful residents and significant buildings as we  follow the expansion of train lines and tram lines out of the centre of the city. 

15 July     Tutor: Mary

The Cemeteries – Melbourne General, Booroondara, StKilda, Brighton

Famous graves. These early cemeteries hold the stories of judges, politicians, newspaper editors, poets and artists. Walter Lindrum’s gravestone is a Billiard table!

22 July   1840/1841   Tutor: Mary

Brighton was planned as a completely new town and was settled by Henry Dendy in 1840. Settled to replicate their estates in the UK. Political influence by land developer Tommy Bent was a notorious scandal.  

St Kilda, the playground of Melbourne was an exclusive suburban retreat virtually from the time of European settlement.

29 July    1849/1855   Tutor: Rod

Port Melbourne or Sandridge was the gateway to Melbourne. Known for Station Pier it boasted the first railway line in Australia as well as the Air Booking service, Swallow and Ariel, Kitchen Soap and Candles and a distillery.

South Melbourne/Emerald Hill. The area was first settled by Europeans in the 1840s and became known as Emerald Hill. During the Victorian Gold Rush of 1851 a tent city, known as Canvas Town was established. The area soon became a massive slum, home to tens of thousands of fortune seekers from around the world.

5 August   1842   Tutor: Donna

Richmond – home to Melba’s family, a racecourse, intense manufacturing and Richmond Hill where the gentry resided.

North Melbourne where the Benevolent Asylum was located and the Locomotive Depot housed turntables and six track entrances.

12 August    1854    Tutor: Mary

East Melbourne. A barracks house was built for the first government official, Lonsdale, before Governor LaTrobe arrived with his own pre fabricated house and erected it. Important buildings, the Fire Station, St Vincent’sHospital, the MCG, as well as the home of the Anglican Archbishop (Bishopcourt) and the home of Von Guerard are among many grand buildings 

19 August    1851   Tutor: Russell

West Side Story. This area was surveyed along the chain of ponds and the Maribyrnong River very early in Victoria’s settlement but came into prominence when it became a stop over on the way to the goldfields.

Home to racecourses and an aerodrome. 

26 August   1873    Tutor: Mary

Collingwood/Carringbush.  Most development took place on the banks of the Yarra where early settlers built mansions and the Dight brothers established a flour mill at the falls. Home to bootmakers, bootleggers and book makers, this suburb housed John Wren.

2 September    Tutor: Steph

Stately Homes – Como, Ripponlea, Stonnington, Labassa, Iron houses in South Melbourne

The Gold Bonanza meant the Melbourne was awash with riches and the National Trust Houses still standing tell stories of the wealthy merchants and speculators who inhabited them.

9 September     Tutor: Vera

Maribyrnong Migrant Hostel. They came from around the world to populate Melbourne in the 20th Century- we can segue from this to a further course about Melbourne institutions in 2022.