One of approximately 85,000 negatives from the Laurie Richards Collection taken by the Melbourne based Laurie Richards Studio between the 1950s -1970s.

Laurie Richards was a professional photographer who began his career as a photo-journalist, working for the Advertiser newspaper in Adelaide, and the Argus and the Herald newspapers in Melbourne. In 1953, he opened his own business and set up a photographic studio at his home at 4 Tower Avenue, Alphington, an inner suburb of Melbourne. At its peak, in the late 1960s, the Laurie Richards Studio was one of Melbourne's pre-eminent commercial photographic studios, employing twelve photographers. The Laurie Richards Studio worked mainly in advertising and public relations, and had a broad clientele which included commercial companies, government institutions and the entertainment industry.

Description of Content

Swanston Street from Flinders Street looking south towards St. Kilda Road, Princes Bridge and Government House [in the distance above the trees in Kings Domain]. Pedestrians surge across from Flinders Street Station. Princes Bridge Station - now occupied by Federation Square [2021] - is visible on the left. Suburban electric trams are banked up at two tram stops. Olympic decorations can be seen above the street intersection. Note the old tram tracks [since removed]once used to turn north bound trams left from Swanston Street into Flinders Street.

Physical Description

Black and white cellulose acetate negative.

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