The famous Young & Jackson's Prince's Bridge Hotel on the far right was originally built as a bluestone three-storey residence with a butcher's shop on the ground floor in 1853, and a young ladies school run by a Mrs Nicole Cook. The block of land that this building is on was originally purchased by John Batman in 1837, during the first land auction. The Prince's Bridge Hotel opened there in 1861, and in 1875 the licence was aquired by two Irish gold diggers from Dublin, Henry Young and Thomas Jackson. They took over the licence from Joshua Mooney (and the hotel was at that time known as Mooney's Prince's Bridge Hotel - see image below). Fortunately for Melbourne, this hotel still stands, and is the home of "Chloe", a very famous painting from 1875.
The large building on the left was originally built as Melbourne's Fish Market in 1865. As Melbourne grew and health regulations and traffic congestion increased, a new location for the Fish Market was built at the western end of Flinders Street, on the south-east corner of its intersection with Spencer Street. The original building continued as a fruit market and bicycle stables until the late 1890s (see the image below), at which time plans were being developed for an enlarged Flinders Street Station which was completed in 1909, and the new Fish Market was completed in 1890.
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Notes from the State Library tell us that this image is of "Flinders Street, Melbourne, ca.1870 showing the fish market. Shows street scene with buildings, horse drawn carts and people at the intersection."
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