A black and white photo of Canning Place in 1935. At the centre of the image a bluestone lane runs between the backyards of rows of very similar weatherboard houses. A mix of corrugated iron and timber fences separate the houses from the laneway.
A perspective view of four-storied buildings in pale orange brick with white-trimmed windows and doors to balconies facing O'Shanassy Street in North Melbourne. The ground level is dedicated to carparking bays, while the upper three levels are apartments.
View directly down a laneway lined up with trees in North Melbourne. To the left of the lane is a brown brick housing development and to the right is a housing complex in red brick with concrete staircases.
A black and white aerial image of North Melbourne in 1969 during a period of suburban redevelopment. Several of the suburban blocks feature recently constructed housing in regularly patterned plan.
A perspective view of the Ukrainian Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul in North Melbourne. The Cathedral façade is brown, with a white dome towering on the axis, topped with a cross.

North Melbourne: Twentieth Century Change in a Nineteenth Century Suburb

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North Melbourne, also known during the nineteenth century as Hotham, developed quickly as a predominantly residential suburb from the 1850s. Historically, it has been a place with a strong sense of itself, a place connected by proximity to the city and the surrounding inner suburbs, but also separate, with its own identity and character formed by decades of municipal separation that lasted from 1859-1905.

What's On

Join a historian and heritage landscape specialist to engage with places that mark twentieth century change in this predominantly nineteenth century suburb. Drawing on work undertaken for the North Melbourne Heritage Review for the City of Melbourne, the tour will consider models for social housing, landscape and urban change, the influence of post-war migration and the expression of religion.

This tour will take attendees away from the commercial centre of North Melbourne to its suburban heart, providing an opportunity for discovery of a diverse range of places. Attendees will be introduced to alternative approaches to streetscapes, housing developments and churches established during a period characterised by slum clearance and demographic changes in the inner suburb.

In Collaboration With:

  • Libby Blamey

    Lovell Chen Senior Historian Libby Blamey brings a background in social history to her work. She has considerable experience in relation to the built heritage of Victoria, particularly the inner suburbs of Melbourne. Her interests include the study of places connected with popular culture and social change, and in 20th century history and politics.

  • Michael Cook

    Michael Cook is a Registered Landscape Architect with Lovell Chen. Michael works to understand gardens, landscapes, trees and infrastructure of heritage significance, as well as a variety of other 19th- and 20th-century heritage places.

Images: (1) Canning Place in 1935. Photo: Oswald Barnett. Courtesy of State Library Victoria. (2) Hotham Gardens Housing, North Melbourne. Photo: Lovell Chen. (3) Plane Tree Way, North Melbourne. Photo: Lovell Chen. (4) Aerial of North Melbourne, 1969. Photo: State Library Victoria. (5) Saints Peter and Paul Ukrainian Cathedral, North Melbourne. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

Important Details

Time & Date

Saturday 27 July
Tours run 11am + 1.30pm
Running for 45 minutes in groups of 25

Bookings required—$7 booking fee applies
First release tickets: 12pm Wednesday 3 July
Second release tickets: 12pm Saturday 6 July

Meet at the corner of O'Shanassy & Abbotsford Sts, North Melbourne.
This tour will conclude at the Saints Peter and Paul Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral (aka Cathedral of the Holy Apostles Peter and Paul in Melbourne), 35 Canning St, North Melbourne VIC 3051.



Cnr O'Shanassy St and Abbotsford St, North Melbourne VIC 3051

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