One of a subset of 22 negatives taken of Melbourne central business district.
This subset is part of approximately 3,000 negatives taken by Jim Payens, the Melbourne based aerial photographer, and form part of the Payens Collection. The images span the period predominantly between the 1950s - 1970s.
Jim Payens was one of a very small number of Australian photographers to have specialised in oblique and survey aerial photography. He was also one of the earliest Australian aerial photographers. This collection consists predominantly of aerial views of the city of Melbourne, surrounding suburbs and regional Victoria but also extends to other parts of Australia. The Collection depicts a variety of landmark events and major engineering projects throughout Australia including the Australian Grand Prix, Olympic Games (Melbourne & Sydney) and the construction of Eildon Weir.
The Museum also holds the aerial camera and equipment used by Payens to take these images as well as an oral history interview with the photographer.
Description of Content
Oblique aerial photograph of the city of Melbourne looking north-west from Queen Street showing the area bounded by William, Lonsdale, Victoria and Spencer Streets. In the foreground is Flagstaff Gardens and in the background is the Spencer Street (now Southern Cross) railway yard.
negative; black and white; silver gelatin; cellulose acetate.
Donation & Supplementary Purchase from Mr. Jim Payens, 09 Jan 2002
Place & Date Depicted
Negative, Black & White
Hand written in black ink on a yellow envelope that contained this negative along with 21 others [envelope now discarded]; 'MELB' Hand written in pink ink on the glassine sleeve that contained this negative [sleeve now discarded]; '020'
Type of item
140 mm (Width), 130 mm (Height)