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The sounds of 180 Bank St

The sounds of 180 Bank St

August 9th, 2023 - Robin Grow

Buildings often show characteristics of change of purpose, architectural style, design and decorative features.

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Pubs of the South – The Maori Chief: a touch of New Zealand

July 5th, 2023 - Robin Grow

Numerous pubs were constructed in the 19th century in South Melbourne including in the area now known as Southbank. 

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Commonwealth celebrations – May 1901

June 7th, 2023 - Robin Grow

The month of May 1901 was a major point for the new country of Australia with foundation celebrations taking place across the new nation.

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Southbank swamp

May 10th, 2023 - Robin Grow

Like other parts of inner Melbourne, such as Port Melbourne and West Melbourne, the area that became Southbank was swampland, with low-lying wetlands that were eventually reclaimed for manufacturing businesses, warehouses and wharves.

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The Royal Melbourne Show – it took off in Southbank!

April 5th, 2023 - Robin Grow

One of Melbourne’s long-standing cultural, agricultural and industry highlights is the Royal Melbourne Show, held each September at the showgrounds in Flemington. The highly successful event reflects the importance of the agricultural sector in Victoria.

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Telephone exchanges in South Melbourne

March 8th, 2023 - Robin Grow

Newspapers in 1920 stated their opinion that the day was not far distant when the telephone would be installed in every home, just as the water, mains and sewers are connected in the cities.

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On the ropewalk!

February 8th, 2023 - Robin Grow

Ropemaking can be traced back to early days of seafaring, and became more necessary with the rigging and lashings of sailing ships, which required large quantities of strong, large diameter ropes for shipping together with ropes for haulage, rope drives, lifting cranes, etc.

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A history of fire in Southbank 

December 7th, 2022 - Robin Grow

“Fire! Fire!” was a cry that was feared during the 19th century in South Melbourne, much of which is now known as Southbank. 

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Trouble at the mill!

November 9th, 2022 - Robin Grow

In the pre-WWII years, the area now known as Southbank contained a number of knitting mills that fuelled the growing Australian domestic market for textiles. 

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Mid-century modern on St Kilda Rd

October 5th, 2022 - Robin Grow

The firm of Bates Smart McCutcheon (BSM) has been a major contributor to architecture in Victoria for more than 150 years.

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Military health in Southbank

Military health in Southbank

June 6th, 2017 - Southbank News
Television – Southbank leads the way

Television – Southbank leads the way

December 14th, 2017 - Southbank News
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