What Did Melbourne, Australia Look Like Over 100 Years Ago?

Check out this great photo that we found at the Oregon State University Flickr Archives (of all places). How cool is this view of Collins Street in Melbourne, Australia, probably some time in the late 1910s or early 1920s. Click on it for a larger, far more detailed view.

Unlike its rival, Sydney, Melbourne grew according to plan. Collins Street, its main thoroughfare, and the other principal streets were laid out a mile long, 99 feet wide, and in checkerboard patterns, often bordered by shady avenues of trees.

Source: Oregon State University Special Collactions & Archives

We’ve posted quite a few photos of Sydney recently, but this is our first one of Melbourne.