One of a subset of 63 negatives and 17 contact prints taken of Melbourne central business district and surrounding areas.

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 south-west from Nicholson Street showing the area bounded by Victoria, Exhibition, Flinders and Spencer Street. Beyond this is the suburb of South Melbourne, showing the Port Melbourne railway line running from Flinders Street station to Port Phillip Bay. In the foreground is the southern edge of Carlton Gardens followed by the State Library of Victoria. Further in on the south-west corner of Bourke and Exhibition Streets is the Southern Cross Hotel and behind it on Collins Street is the CRA Building. On the south-east corner of Collins and William Streets is the National Mutual Centre (the Centre was built on the former Western Market site).

Physical Description

negative; black and white; silver gelatin; cellulose acetate.

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