One of a subset of 36 negatives 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 suburb of East Melbourne looking south-east from Gipps Street showing the area bounded by Hotham Street and Jolimont Road. In the foreground is the south-east corner of Fitzroy Gardens. Opposite this on the corner of Wellington Parade and Clarendon Street is the Hilton Hotel, under construction. In the background is the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) and Yarra Park.

Physical Description

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

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