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Author: Kate Follington

Enjoy a walking tour with the archives 

We have launched our own walking tour on Walking Maps Victoria, a mobile friendly website that offers free walking tours across Victoria.

The walking tour called They left their mark: a taste of historic North Melbourne includes links to public archives close archives Definition Records considered to have continuing or permanent value that have been, or will be, transferred to the custody of an archival organisation; also used to refer to the buildings in which archival records are stored and to organisation that have responsibility for archival records. which relate to spots on the map around Canning and Shiel Streets. 

The heritage walking tour follows a small but significant triangle shape in the hollow of North Melbourne,  and includes the Victorian Archives Centre close Victorian Archives Centre Definition This is the main repository for Victorian government archives and the offices of Public Record Office Victoria (PROV) and National Archives Australia (NAA) Victoria branch. There is a joint reading room at the centre between PROV and the NAA at 99 Shiel Street, North Melbourne. along with a number of heritage buildings, beautiful rose garden parks, and some interesting local stories. 

To find the tour, simply search for and search by location, North Melbourne,  or for the title.  

Public Record Office Victoria and the National Archives, located within the Victorian Archives Centre, are located on Wurundjeri land, built into an escarpment on Hotham Hill, and from Shiel Street you are high enough to look out to what was once a Blue Lagoon. 

The Housing Commission’s landmark towers, built after the 1950 slum clearances, replaced streets of the earlier period. The tour guides walkers past a row of remaining single fronted timber cottages usually referred to as 'workers’ cottages'.

Today the neighbourhood is largely Victorian in character even though some older houses have been replaced. Thus double storeyed terraces look out over small front gardens; back lanes lead along back fences to back gates; decorative iron casts shadows on neighbouring walls and footpaths; stucco features and varicoloured bricks decorate facades. In these streets, timber houses have usually been the first to go and on those sites you will see newer houses that match their earlier neighbours in height and setback.

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