• Alma Doepel under restoration at Docklands
  • Glass jar batteries in the Fitzroy Town Hall tower
  • Collingwood Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall
  • Capitol Theatre and its magnificent ceiling
  • Derelict VR workshop
  • Locomotive under restoration at Steamrail Victoria
  • Ornate roof on the Collingwood Town Hall
  • Burnt out building at Laurundel Asylum
  • Service tunnel under the Royal Exhibition Building
  • Old insulator at the Newport Substation
  • Derelict shipping control tower at Docklands
  • Behind the clocks at the Hawthorn Arts Centre

About Hidden Melbourne


We are two photographers — Mark Hassed and Barney Meyer. Hidden Melbourne is our brainchild.

We bring together our skills in high dynamic range photography, 360° scene capture, embedded video and 3D virtual tours to a project which is intended to reveal the hidden and often forgotten side of our city. We use our access to the Google Maps API, Google Servers and Streetview to bring these locations to light on the web.

There are three aspects to this project:

1. Hidden, forgotten, neglected

We have started by featuring “hidden” locations on our website in the form of virtual 3D tours and images. These are places which are unknown or inaccessible or simply overlooked and unnoticed. A perfect example is the many clocktowers around the city, highly visible, but the interior is hidden. Later on, in book form we will feature the best sites and their historic background.

2. Endangered

We recognise that development must take place and regret all those places which are knocked down before being properly recorded. We want to create a Past / Present / Future vision using virtual tours. Imagine a decayed historic building which is sold to be developed. We will record a 3D virtual tour of the building and streetscape which will allow future generations to stand in the street, see the building which was there and walk inside.

We can also inject a 3D rendering of a future construction into a streetscape so that the public can see what the future building will look like. We would like to see it enshrined in law that all such buildings be recorded before being demolished.

3. Public or commercial spaces

We want to give owners of commercial public buildings the ability to give viewers an online walk in from the street off the map. This is part of our commercial activities. If you would like a tour created of your public space or business please click here to contact us  or click here to find out more about our work.