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.
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.
The Federal Coffee Palace, corner of Collins and King streets. A mishmash of styles. Amazing.
How about the old Fish Market, on the corner of Flinders and Spencer?
And finally, some footage of Melbourne in 1910.