Welcome to the Flinders Street Station blog written by me, Jane Routley, my collegue, researcher and historian, Elizabeth Downes, and the occassional guest blogger.
The current Flinders Street Station building has been part of the lives of Melbournians for over 100 years. Inspired by the launch of the latest competition to put forward proposals for its restoration and reinvigoration, and to highlight some of the amazing Flinders Street-related material in Victoria's cultural collections, I will be celebrating the past, present and future of my favorite station.
Over the next few months, I will be recording impressions and stories found whilst exploring the station as it exists today, trawling the internet for related sounds and images (such as this timelapse) and featuring some of the wonderful images of the station that are held in Victoria's cultural collections. As a taster for my future posts, here's a selection of images that I've found.
There's been a station on the corner of Flinders and Swanston Street since 1857. Posters covering the facade in 1864 advertise an eclectic variety of amusements - from opera to cricket and boxing.
The current station, a previous competition-winning design by J. Fawcett and H. P. C. Ashworth, was finished in 1910. Here, two young women in fabulous Edwardian hats, sashay towards the finished station. What's happening in the background - a Red Cross festival, a recruiting drive, or something else completely?
The facade stays the same whilst Melbourne changes around it. Compare the differences in cars and clothes between the 1920s and the 1940s - and no sign of Federation Square yet.
From its position over looking one of the busiest intersections in the city, Flinders Street Station has seen many special events. What caused this mother of all traffic jams in the 1920s? - or is it a parade?
Speaking of parades, the Station has witnessed the passing of an amazing assortment of Moomba floats. For example, this was part of the first Moomba parade in 1955. Culture Victoria has more on Moomba here.
Over the years Flinders Street Station has acted as an inspiration for all kinds of artists. It's my plan to highlight one work of art in every blog post, starting with this wonderful rendering of the station's opulent facade in teapot form by the popular artist and writer, Leigh Hobbs.