Collins Street is almost 170 years old and it has been rebuilt several times, yet its status as the grandest street of one of the great cities of the Victorian age has never been in question.
It is an urban landscape upon which many masters have worked and work today. Its fine nineteenth century heritage is still strongly evident, adding depth and richness to that of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.
Since the 1830s, Collins Street has been Melbourne's most famous elegant street. Besides being a commercial,financial and civic centre, the street became a point of social display: if you were not seen 'doing the block'between Elizabeth and Swanston Streets at the end of the 19th century, you didn't have a social life.
Number Of Pages: 300
Published: November 2005
Dimensions (cm): 30.0 x 25.500