Remembering the ‘Burbs 1850 – 1960

Remembering the ‘Burbs 1850 – 1960 reflects on twenty two of Melbourne’s suburbs showcasing the economic life of brick works, factories and milk carters, to leisure such as swimming in Coburg Lake and suburban cinemas; to small shops and busy suburban highstreets, from mansions in Malvern to timber worker’s cottages in Richmond – much of this way of life now gone.

The establishment of Melbourne coincided with the romantic ideal of a suburban retreat away from the hustle and bustle of city life in England. No sooner had Melbourne been settled in the 1830s then land was advertised in 1839 for sale in Newtown (Fitzroy) as:

A site for the ‘Cottage Ornee’ for the Aristocracy of Melbourne and Port Phillip….as a retirement for the fatigued merchant (no) place could surpass this.

Soon suburbs spread up around Melbourne, dictated by Melbourne’s topography, transport, roads, economics, and post- world wars building booms. Today Melbourne is the most suburban of Australia’s cities.

Remembering the ‘Burbs 1850 – 1960 captures the change in Melbourne’s suburban life – many of the buildings and spaces are now lost to us, either through demolition or redevelopment.

This exhibition is based on the book, Remembering Melbourne 1850 – 1960, to be available from the RHSV from November 2016.

Lawson's Canterbury @ 300dpi


Location: Royal Historical Society of Victoria, 239 A'Beckett Street, Melbourne

Cost: gold coin donation appreciated

Enquiry: 9326 9288

Region: Melbourne Date: October 18, 2016 Time: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm