Steampunk Melbourne

So to give an idea of just how steampunk-y Melbourne really was in the 1880s/1890s, I offer up some of my recent discoveries, photo-wise.

Here is Victoria’s Coffee Palace on Collins St, right next to the Town Hall. Look at those beautiful balconies.

Coffeehouse

Here is a shot of Elizabeth St, looking north from Flinders St (the station, I’m guessing). The Australian Building – a Queen Anne revival skyscraper – is on the left, the GPO tower on the right.

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The Federal Coffee Palace, corner of Collins and King streets. A mishmash of styles. Amazing.

FederalCoffee2

How about the old Fish Market, on the corner of Flinders and Spencer?

Fishmarket2

And finally, some footage of Melbourne in 1910.

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