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Thursday, 8 October 2009

Under the "Clocks"


"Meet me under the clocks" - is what we said when we were going into "Town". Everybody who went into town (now called "The City" always met their friends/mates/girlfriends/boyfriends under the famous clocks of Flinders Street Station.
Flinders Street Station is the meeting place for all Melbournians.

Flinders Street Station (on the corner of Flinders Street and Swanston Street) is the oldest station in Australia (1910) - although the first station on this site was opened in 1854 and is the busiest suburban railway station in the Southern Hemisphere, even after the completion of the city loop railway subway and its 700 metre main platform is the longest in the country.

Over the years, Flinders Street Station has become a famous Melbourne landmark, emerging as a symbol of Victoria's capital city and is an institution in the daily routine of nearly a quarter of a million people.
Flinders Street 1910.
And in 1927.
In 1854, Flinders Street Station was an interesting collection of weatherboard sheds known as the Melbourne Terminus. It was the first steam rail station in Australia, a fact that pleased Victorians who were used to taking second place to New South Wales, the mother colony.

Thousands of people assembled at the station and along the track to Sandridge (today known as Port Melbourne) to see not only Victoria's, but Australia's first public steam train.

An interesting tidbit
Rumours abound that the plans for Bombay railway station and Flinders St railway station were mixed up in the designers' office in London, and as a result the Bombay railway station now sits in Melbourne and the original Flinders St railway station was built in Bombay.

While there's no actual evidence to support this claim, Flinders Street Station has in fact had its influences reach further ashore. The Luz Station in Sao Paulo, Brazil was based on a design inspired by the lines of Flinders Street Station.

3 comments:

~Cheryl said...

Nice bit of history and great place to meet friends!

BlossomFlowerGirl said...

Thanks Cheryl. And it is a nice place to meet your friends. Even today you'll see people sitting, standing on the steps - some just "hangin' out".
I sit on them and have a coffee.
Cheers.

Avignon said...

How interesting to compare with photos the places a century ago and now...

Melbourne Daily Photo

Hello, I created this blog because Melbourne is my city and I want people to see what a beautiful place it is. So come with me on a journey of discovery as we traverse the dining precincts, the culture, the laneways and hidden gems that make Melbourne marvellous.