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Bedggood: friendly footwear

Bedggood: friendly footwear

May 1st, 2024 - Sylvia Black

Daniel Bedggood arrived in Melbourne in 1854.  Almost immediately he set up a boot and shoe factory in Richmond.


Mary Gilbert: Melbourne’s first mother

February 28th, 2024 - Sylvia Black

There has been much publicity lately about the large imbalance in the numbers of statues of men as opposed to women in Melbourne.

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Smelling history

November 29th, 2023 - Sylvia Black

Smells trigger memory just as effectively as old photos or objects.

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“Better to have a loaf on the table than a loaf in the Pub”

August 2nd, 2023 - Jill Fenwick

The Band of Hope was formed in England in 1847, with a more formal organisation set up in 1855. 

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Grand Hotel Cabman’s Shelter

June 28th, 2023 - Sylvia Black

Cabmen’s shelters had been a feature of London streets since 1875. These little buildings provided much needed shelter for cabmen while they waited for customers.  

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The early days of women’s cricket

May 31st, 2023 - Sylvia Black

With the MCG within its boundaries, East Melbourne has more than its fair share of sporting stories. One that is probably not so widely known is the foundation of women’s cricket as an organised sport.

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Remembering Joyeux

May 3rd, 2023 - Inner City News

The property at 366 Albert St, East Melbourne, lies on the north side of the street between Lansdowne and Clarendon streets.

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Ormiston educational establishment for young ladies

March 29th, 2023 - Sylvia Black

East Melbourne from its earliest days was full of schools.

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Gone, but not forgotten

March 1st, 2023 - Sylvia Black

The Argus, on February 28, 1908, reported: “Some months ago the parks and gardens committee decided to make the Fitzroy Gardens more attractive by erecting a rustic kiosk, where tea, coffee and light refreshments might be dispensed …

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A tale of two sisters

February 1st, 2023 - Sylvia Black

Ball and Welch was once one of Melbourne’s landmark department stores, along with others such as Buckley and Nunn. History tells us that the store was founded by Charles Ball and his nephew, William Henry Welch. But perhaps there is more to the story …

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