Saturday, September 12, 2009

Old Streets and New Streets

Daniel got a new street directory for his birthday, a Melways of course. I inappropriately bought myself a Father's Day present, also a new street directory but mine is Universal Business Directory, UBD, of Melbourne streets and it is a reproduction of the 1956 UBD with info about the Olympic Games which were held in Melbourne that year.

I often wonder why Melways succeeded in Melbourne and other street directory companies such as Morgans did not. You can buy a current UBD directory of Melbourne for about a third of the price of a Melways. One interesting little discovery. UBD seems to be now published by Sensis, a subsidiary of Telstra.

While Daniel posted about what he noticed was new in his street directory, I will note what I noticed has now gone but in my edition, or changed.

There was no Ashwood but part of Ashwood was known as Tally Ho. I recall there being a Tally Ho naughty boys home. It was at the corner of Springvale Road and Burwood Highway, now Tally Ho Business Park. I think that may have been where the tv station Channel 10 used to be too.

While I thought Docklands used to be called Dudley Flats, it seems in 1956 it was called the much more descriptive West Melbourne Swamp. Dare I ever refer to Docklands as West Melbourne Swamp? Reminds me of a question directed to Dame Joan Lindsay, 'Why do you want to live in the swamps of Langwarrin?'. She did, in their house called Mulberry Hill . I have yet to see it but it is still there and is very nicely proportioned.

The southern edge of the city has changed to be pretty well unrecognisable. Drive south along Swanston Street, straight ahead into St Kilda Road, or left into Alexandra Avenue, right into Sturt Street or harder right into City Road.

Yes, there is wonderfully named Sloss Street, parallel to St Kilda Road where the National Gallery is now. The Glaciarium is marked with a large green dot. Another large green dot shows the Exhibition Buildings in the Carlton Gardens. Do not ride your bike through the Carlton Gardens.

Hoddle Street north of Victoria Street looks very narrow. Slum clearance, housing commission towers and road widening I would guess.

Da trains.

Gone, train to Kew with Barker Station in between Kew and the main line. Very ironically Vic Roads now occupies the site of Barker Station.

Gone train to Mont Park lunatic asylum.

Gone train to Springvale Cemetery.

Gone Inner Circle train line, through the inner northern suburbs.

Gone train to St Kilda and train to Port Melbourne, replaced by light rail. The train tracks ran out onto both Station Pier and Princes Pier.

Where is Patterson Station on the Frankston line? Must have a been a more recent addition.

What? South Brunswick Station? Ah, now Jewell. Vaguely recall a blogger researching the origin of the name.

Racecourse Railway Station on the Altona line? Gone. It serviced Williamstown Racecource, funnily right where I wanted to drive across the ford two weeks ago. It is now a wetlands and Altona Coastal Park.

C.O.R. Railway Station? I will guess Commonwealth Oil Refineries. Looks like Mobil owns it now. More privatisation. It was where the train line crosses Kororoit Creek Road.

Further along, near Maidstone Street was Galvin Railway Station, missing in action too.

Oh, Paisley Station towards Newport has gone as well. These three losses seem to be about a new line for Altona.

I recall Jayne writing about White City. Yes it shows on a map, after Tottenham Station.

Williamstown Pier Station, the last on the Willie line, with tracks to the dry dock, Nelson, Gellibrand and Breakwater Piers.

Look at all the train lines winding through Newport, no doubt serving large factories or facilities.

Yep, the short line into the APM factory alongside Chandler Highway is there. Chandler Lane would be a better name.

Hmm, not Fairfield Station but Fairfield Park Station.

There are a few railway stations for Jayne to add to her Lost and Found and I am sure she would if she wasn't off sunning herself on the Mornington Peninsular.

Now the trams. How useful. A tram from St Kilda Station through Elwood to Brighton Beach, and yet another from Sandringham Station to Black Rock. Bring back the St Kilda to Brighton tram at least.

Yep, the Holden Street tram line is there.

So are the Footscray trams, although I thought the Footscray to Yarraville tram finished at Williamstown Road but the map indicates it terminated at a minor street, Hamilton Street. Must check that out.

The Airport West tram did not go so far along Matthews Avenue and turned into Vaughan Street for a short distance. While I knew it was extended to Airport West, I did not know it turned off the main road before it was extended.

The now 112 tram to St Kilda and South Melbourne Beach turned right into Mary Street, West St Kilda and then along Beaconsfield Parade. Yeah, I have posted about that, with photos.

A tram along Glenhuntly Road to Point Ormond. Bring it back.

That's enough for now. Maybe some scans later of ads or the Olympic programme later. These serious posts take so long to write. I can rattle off a rant in five minutes.


  1. What a great book, I would spend days pouring over it!

  2. Ah Ian. Amateur historian is in your blood too.

  3. Btw, how about some photos of your pad in NYC? You haven't posted any photos for ages.

  4. Didn't COR Station become Mobiltown? Oh, here we are.

  5. All unknown to me Daniel, thanks. No reference to C.O.R. in the article. Given the dates of the change of name of the station to what is on the 1956 map, all very odd.

  6. I think the blog is dead, though maybe a new one one day

  7. You cite the Loony/Lonie Report of 1979-80, including all the horrible things that COULD have happened to our public transport system. Despite or because of the Great Unwashed, it seems totally a question of dumb luck as to whether lunatic proposals get up.

    I have been much more involved in saving Melbourne's architectural legacy, but our trams should be an issue as well:

    thanks for the link
    Art and Architecture, mainly

  8. Hels, I really think it was public protest that saved many lines from closing. Thank you for the link to what I wrote.