A photograph of the southern end of Elizabeth Street looking south towards Flinders Street Station sometime after 1910. Photographer unknown.
We see a busy street with lots of horse-drawn buggies and drays and cable trams. Hosie's Hotel & Cafe is on the corner of Elizabeth and Flinders Streets, and you can still get a beer there today. Connell's Hotel is on the corner of Flinders Lane on the right hand side, previously known as the "Railway Hotel", and the name is still faintly visible. Connell's moved a little to the north and I knew it as Connell's Tavern with an underground bar in the 1970s. The beautiful Australian Building, also on the right hand side, was the world's 3rd tallest building when completed in 1889, and for 40 years was Melbourne's tallest building until 1929 (unfortunately this historic building was demolished in 1980). Due to its incredible and dizzying height at the time (12 floors), it needed elevators, which were hydraulically powered using water from the Yarra river.
The notes from the State Library tell us that this image is "Looking along Elizabeth Street towards Flinders Street, railway station building with clock tower in background, heavy traffic of trams and horse drawn vehicles in street, pedestrians on foot paths."
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