One of a subset of 15 black and white negatives and 2 contact prints taken of the suburbs of Prahran and South Yarra, Victoria. This negative was one of four that were housed in separate photographic paper sleeves.

This is part of a collection 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 Prahran looking south-west from Garden Street showing the area bounded by Malvern Road, Essex Street, High Street and St Kilda Road. Beyond this area is Albert Park Lake and Fitzroy Street leading down to St Kilda Habour. In the foreground is Princes Gardens with a small church on the property. Further in on the south-west corner of Chapel and Greville Streets is the Prahran Town Hall.

Physical Description

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

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