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 University of Melbourne Parkville campus and surrounding area looking north-east from Haymarket Roundabout showing the area bounded by Pelham Street, Lygon Street, Macpherson Street and Royal Parade. Beyond this is the suburbs of North Carlton and Brunswick. In the foreground, on the north side of Haymarket Roundabout is the Royal Melbourne Hospital. Visble within the University grounds, on Grattan Street, is a construction site (possibly the Medical Building). On north side is the University Oval and Hockey Pitch, east of this is Newman College and Queens College. Further north is the Melbourne General Cemetery and Princes Park.

Physical Description

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

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