Long before Panning Minister Justin Madden rampaged around our city knocking down fine old historic buildings, he had many predecessors equally up to the task of obliterating our history.
I have mentioned a book given to me by a friend and I have been sadly going through it. I know that a good many of the Melbourne buildings featured in the book have gone and they should not be gone. They were attractive, well built and well designed buildings and ok, their use may have changed in the future but why can that not be?
The book is mostly reproduced photos and called Early Melbourne Architecture, eighteen forty to eighteen eighty-eight. It was published in 1953 by Oxford University Press.
Just an aside, as the sun was setting on the British Empire, OUP still had offices in Glasgow, New York, Toronto, Melbourne, Wellington, Bombay, Calcutta, Madras and Cape Town.
I'll just sneak this photo in from the book. Its address WAS 64 Latrobe Street. Beautiful.