About This Site
This is a personal project that started at the beginning of 2012 and has grown from my original plan to spend a couple of week-ends photographing all or most of the lanes in the Melbourne CBD. I quickly realised completing this task was going to take far longer then I originally anticipated.
It is these Little Streets & Lane that this site will concentrate on.
The first time I saw the Melbourne skyline was in May 1964 when our family were driven from Station Pier in Port Melbourne to our Hostel in the outer Eastern suburbs of Nunawading.
A Changing City
Cosgrave Place circa 1970s
My introduction to the CBD came in 1967 when I started a printing apprenticeship at Hawthorn Press.
The company was located in Little Bourke Street and had a loading bay in Cosgrave Place. The building and alley, like so many others has now disappeared below a modern office tower
During the late 1960s and early 70s some of the lanes of Melbourne were the places you visited to experience the music scene on Saturday night. Venues such as the Thumpin Tum, Bertes & the Catcher were popular for their live bands.
The images taken during the 1970s-1990s were "snapped" on different visits to Melbourne.
The views of the CBD are not great works of art but I'm glad they are now in my archive and represent a pictorial history of Melbourne.
Robert Hoddle's 1836 plan of Melbourne didn’t contain lanes. We can thank Governor Bourke who insisted that "Little Streets" running east/west should be included. more
Little Streets & Lane
The length of the Little Streets & Lane are 1.6 km and run east/west between Spring Street in the East and Spencer Street in the West.
These Little Streets & Lane take their names from larger streets found in the Melbourne CBD. more
All images remain the property of Colin Ewington and can not be used without permission