Melbourne Streets

The original layout of Melbourne's major streets would at first seem quite boring when compared to other more organically-developed cities, such as London and Paris. However, the grid layout, attributed to Robert Hoddle in 1837, has allowed Melbourne to develop in an orderly fashion as it transitioned from a village in 1835 to a world class city in the 1850s. (See our category devoted to Melbourne Maps.)  The long, straight, wide-open streets created an unparalled environment for shopping, business and commerce, virtually previously unseen in other great cities. These beautiful streets embodied architecture that simply dazzled the visitor, and as new edifices were erected by large Australian and overseas ventures, each street took on its own character. Sadly, the 1960s saw the demolition of huge numbers of these magnificent buildings, only to be replaced by "modern" structures, which in some cases are now being demolished themselves.  In this "Melbourne Streets" category of our website, we will continue to build up a library of images that will take you through a journey in time to see how each street has developed from a dusty, sometimes muddy track, to a civilised thoroughfare that contains the pulse of the city. All of these images have great detail and can be purchased as quite large enlargements. Most of them are 5500 pixels x 4400 pixels approximately. Please note that the HotPress watermarks that you see on our images are removed when we process your prints.