Fw: Swanston St or St Kilda Rd? (Was: TMSV # 127)
  Jeremy Wainwright

Per Wikipedia: Stephen Street was renamed Exhibition Street by Melbourne City Councilhttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/City_of_Melbourne on 5 December 1898.[1]https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Exhibition_Street%2C_Melbourne#cite_note-cityofmelb-1 It was renamed to celebrate the 1880 International Exhibitionhttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Melbourne_International_Exhibition_(1880) and the 1888 Centennial Exhibitionhttps://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=1888_Centennial_Exhibition&action=edit&redlink=1, both held at the Royal Exhibition Buildinghttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Royal_Exhibition_Building during the boom time of Marvellous Melbourne. The change only applied to the portion of Stephen Street north of Collins Streethttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Collins_Street,_Melbourne. The remainder was called Collins Place, and kept that name until it became part of Exhibition Street in 1963.[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Exhibition_Street%2C_Melbourne#cite_note-4
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Subject: Re: [TramsDownUnder] Swanston St or St Kilda Rd? (Was: TMSV # 127)

When was Stephen Street renamed Exhibition Street?

David Walker
On 09-Oct-21 2:55 PM, Mal Rowe wrote:

> On 09/10/2021 13:37, Jeremy Wainwright wrote:

>> My guess is that, back before the grand Princes Bridge that we know

>> today, St K Rd started at Flinders St, crossed the rather ramshackle

>> (1843) bridge known colloquially as Balbirnie's Bridge and later the

>> first Prince's Bridge (a stone arch structure opened in 1851, known

>> also as Lennox's Bridge after its designer) and it was accepted that

>> the bridge (in whatever form) had no effect on the name of the road.



> Agreed the attached map from the SLV collection possibly dates from

> around 1860.


> It shows a blank in the area between Flinders St and the Yarra, and

> probably misrepresents the actual alignment of the M&HB railway bridge.



> Some of the map is probably conjecture. M&HB railway opened in 1954,

> Parliament house started construction in 1855 and the government railway

> terminus at Spencer St was established in 1859.


> If I'm correct about some conjecture - then the date may be around 1853.



> Mal Rowe - map magpie


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