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PostPosted: 05 Jan 2012, 17:24 
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Just wanted to let you know about an iphone app you and your members might be interested in - it's called Vic-Heritage and is created by Heritage Victoria and the Heritage Council of Victoria. The app provides access to the histories of places in Melbourne and regional Victoria through the Victorian Heritage Database. There's also a tours section, and users are able to create their own tours, and also add content (stories, facts, or images) about buildings that are important to them.
It's free, and available from the AppStore ... 56934?mt=8.


Also a quick heads up, your contact page doesn't have any way to contact you. I was hoping for an email address but put it in the forum instead....

PostPosted: 26 Jul 2012, 13:47 
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A new iPhone app called Lost! from the National Trust shows the historic buildings in Melbourne CBD which have been bulldozed.

The following article was in The Age today.

App tells the story of a Melbourne lost forever

The Age July 26, 2012
By Carolyn Webb

A NEW iPhone app from the National Trust tells a story of mass destruction. From the 1950s to the early 1970s, historic buildings in Melbourne's CBD were being bulldozed at an appalling rate.

Users of a new, free National Trust app, Lost!, can go to 100 CBD sites and view, on iPhone or iPad, photos and information about some of our lost treasures.

Among them is the seven-storey, 500-room Federal Coffee Palace (1888), which stood at the corner of King and Collins streets.

It had a marble foyer and an intricate classical facade featuring female sculptures representing each state, and a high domed tower.

Built as part of the temperance movement, it started serving alcohol as the Federal Hotel, in 1923.

In 1972, under a craze for cheap, tall office space with low ceilings, it was razed and in its place stands a beige, anonymous skyscraper.

National Trust conservation manager Paul Roser reckons many people will react like he does to the old photo of the hotel: ''It's almost incomprehensible something so fantastic could have been torn down.''

At the time, such buildings were seen as useless relics, he says. ''People thought they were going to build something better, more modern, more utilitarian. But times change, and we now look back with regret at those early decisions.''

At 468 Lonsdale Street stood a stately three-storey mansion, built in 1869, called Rostella. A surgeon called Thomas Naughton Fitzgerald lived there, and his art collection included Jules Joseph Lefebvre's nude painting Chloe, which now hangs in Young and Jackson's pub.

In 1972 the mansion was demolished - to make way for car parking for the ABC studio. The County Court is now on the site.

The ''lost'' buildings on the app were not all built in the 19th century. The Gas and Fuel Corporation buildings stood for just 29 years at 135 Flinders Street, where Federation Square is now, and were demolished, with little regret, in 1996.

The app quotes writer Barry Dickins as labelling the brown brick facade with its small windows as ''an antidote to beauty''.

Users can share the app on Facebook and Twitter, and attach personal stories or images.

National Trust volunteer Trent Vittorio, who spent six months helping research the app, said it served as a warning of what could happen if no one fought to preserve our heritage.

The app includes eight buildings still standing that the trust deems under threat, including the Queen Victoria Market, the Celtic Club, in Queen Street, and Le Louvre boutique at 72 Collins Street.

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