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PostPosted: 02 Aug 2010, 10:18 
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williampitt wrote:
Here is a suburban map from 1888 which shows the extent of Melbourne.

That map may have been published in 1888 but, if so, it would have been slightly out of date because "Sandridge" was renamed Port Melbourne on 25 January 1884.


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PostPosted: 02 Aug 2010, 15:22 
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In a lot of ways Melbourne was a much nicer, friendlier size back in 1888...

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PostPosted: 03 Aug 2010, 22:08 
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^^ What makes you say that, do you have a time machine to be able travel back and experience what it was like?

It has been said already, most middle ring suburbs, if not all, were separate towns once.

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PostPosted: 03 Aug 2010, 23:16 
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Actually, Collector, I do not need a timemachine to be able to see that the size of the city was considerably smaller geographically - which is what i was commenting on. That size back then constitutes, to me, as being a friendlier size than the sprawltropolis that it is today. I love Melbourne, but I am anti-outward growth on so many levels. Back then the centre of Melbourne was the Centre of Melbourne, and not roughly Glen Iris (or at least Glen Iris was a few years ago, but with the ever going sprawl it has probably shifted further away again since). which according to that map would have been on the outskirts.

Living in the Melbourne, I feel that from a suburb, more than 20 mins train ride into the heart of the city is tiresome, and since from any of those suburbs there the travel time would be less than that, I would be much happier in an outer city suburb of that Melbourne, than today's (which don't even have train access in the majority of cases).

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PostPosted: 04 Aug 2010, 10:00 
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Can drubc change your avatar please. It is too confusing [-o<


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PostPosted: 04 Aug 2010, 10:09 
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Regardless of size, it should be noted, that Melbourne in 1888 was on the nose....disease was rampant and the Yarra was a vile, toxic, stinking repository for sewerage and industrial waste. This quote from Museumn Victoria's website goes someway to putting it in perspective;

In the 1880s, Melbourne had as much stench as style.

Scraps, slops, urine and faeces flowed through the streets in open gutters. Diseases such as diphtheria and typhoid flourished.

Believing that bad air from low-lying areas would make them ill, wealthier residents built on higher ground and took to using smelling salts.

Following a public outcry and numerous government inquiries, the Melbourne and Metropolitan Board of Works was formed in 1891 to build an underground sewerage system.


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