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PostPosted: 11 May 2011, 20:39 
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An impression of just how rustic the Latrobe Street periphery of the library remained in 1884 is given by Frederick McCubbin's Melbourne Gaol in Sunlight, from the grounds of the Public Library, painted in that year (the picture now in the Latrobe Picture Collection at the SLV itself).

The open ground in the middle ground of the picture was subsequently filled with the (now former) Melbourne Magistrates Court.


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Thanks for that dlp, an interesting contribution to this thread.


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A couple of the early photos just show the face on the keystone over the front door.

There is also one on the Russell St entrance.

Staff of the library have not been able to advise who or why these were carved.

Anyone have any thoughts?


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