One of a subset of six black and white negatives depicting exterior views of a Total Oil Products service station construction site at Murrumbeena, Victoria.

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

Exterior view of a Total Oil Products service station under construction at Murrumbeena. There are two men wearing suits standing next to the building while they look towards two petrol pumps. The surrounding area is littered with building debris.

Physical Description

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

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