Melbourne totally went for cable trams before electric trams and had a huge system of cable trams. In this photo from the archives of the State Library is a terrific picture or painting, whatever, of a Fitzroy Street, St Kilda, cable tram. Past the tram is Junction Oval, former home of the St Kilda football club and possibly showing the Blackie Ironmonger Stadium.
In the distance is the South Melbourne Town Hall, perhaps back then called the Emerald Hill, as South Melbourne used to be known and might that the hills of the You Yangs in the distance? The church spire would be that of St Lukes in South Melbourne, still there.
Is the cable tram new to Fitzroy Street? Horses seemed to be alarmed by the tram and boys are chasing after the tram. I hope they are not attempting to tie a tin can to the cable to rattle and bounce along the road, as lads used to do. It must be a warm day as most are sitting in the open air grip car and not the saloon trailer. The conductor has clearly collected all the fares by moving hand over hand along the running board and is taking a moment's relaxation. Ít is just quite a lovely picture.