It is a long slog, but that’s what we planned for. The old photographers were panorama maniacs, they wanted a wide view. They got on top of every tower and high point in the city to capture the view. This was not as easy as today, they had to carry a lot of gear up towers (read about Walter Woodbury and the Gasworks Tower Unfortunately some of the plates from those excursions are missing. Hidden Melbourne is very busy filling in those gaps with images captured by other old photographers, and also views captured by us. This historic panorama captured by Nettleton in 1883 fromRead More →
Hidden Melbourne historic tour now includes a photographic panorama of Melbourne captured by Water Woodbury in 1855 from the 195 ft high chimney of the new gasworks, thought to be an Australian first. These were the years of the birth of modern photography. At the age of merely 21 he took his wet-plate camera, tripod, portable darkroom and his chemicals and was hoisted in a ‘proper cradle’ by means of the ‘small steam-engine’ up to the room at the top of the chimney. An early adoptee of the new Collodion Process, he used a glass plate coated with a collodion (cellulose nitrate) to which a soluble iodideRead More →
Hidden Melbourne allows you to travel through time an space with our virtual tour from the birth of Melbourne up to the present day. The birth of Melbourne was also the birth of photography and we have taken the opportunity to walk in the steps of the first image makers who captured the city during it’s birth and growth. In 1841 Samuel Jackson created a highly accurate and detailed 360° panoramic view of Melbourne (Camera Lucida, projection sketched on paper). In 1875 the Paterson Bros captured a view from the same location during construction of a new spire (Glass plates coated with collodion, sensitised withRead More →
In November 2016 Friends Of The Auburn Tower held an opening night to launch the TOWER PANORAMA by Hidden Melbourne. Former premier Ted Baillieu gave a stirring speech about the “Power of Towers” to enable us to see distant views and make visual connections to other high places surrounding us. The TOWER PANORAMA is a high resolution 360° panoramic view from the spire which has been printed and mounted on the four walls inside the tower. It will be used in guided tours and enable those who cannot climb to the top, to be able to enjoy the view. The panorama is also an electronic interface, as we haveRead More →
The Army Signals Museum in Macleod Victoria is well worth a visit, especially because you can often have the whole place to yourself. It’s located at an army base in Macleod and is staffed by volunteers. Click here to see photos of the museum. To get there you go to the guard post at the entrance then get escorted to the museum. Military security! Displays go back to World War I but the majority of displays are Vietnam era. Enjoy the photos.
Hidden Melbourne brings you the view from the tower at Auburn Uniting Church. Starting with a high resolution 260Mpx panoramic view, head down the steep ladders of the tower into the church. http://www.hiddenmelbourne.com.au/AuburnUnitingChurch The towertop panorama has been printed very wide, with four faces on wallpaper, affixed to a board and mounted to the four face inside of the tower. This view opens up visual connections between the city and the eastern suburbs, which will allow further visual connections between towers to be made.
I drove past the old VR Way & Works — Workshops recently. Previously it was an attractive, heavily graffiti covered building. Home to the amazing and slightly disturbing head-shot graffiti. Unfortunately the workshop is now done up tighter than Fort Knox. All the windows are boarded over and its days for a photography destination are finished. Enjoy these photos taken before the building was boarded over: Click here to see album. Sadly, I think the building will soon be gone forever. At least we have the photos to look back on.
As the wave of housing redevelopment sweeps over former industrial areas this building will soon be swallowed up. It’s an old pump house that serviced a paper mill in Alphington, Victoria. Great old building and latterly used as a crack den by some ingenious inhabitants who transported some furniture up the stairs. Click here to check out the tour. This is not the sort of place you want to venture into on your own. Enjoy the tour!
OK, I admit it. Barney and I especially like the old, grotty, grafitti-covered, derelict buildings. Buildings like this have a character that is hard to describe. You imagine that you’re an explorer and you never know what you might find. Box Hill Brickworks has the character we love. Check out the tour here. We also love the thought that we are preserving a record of these buildings for posterity. One day the bulldozers will rumble through the brickworks and it will be gone forever. Enjoy the tour!
Hidden Melbourne set out to take viewers to the hidden places in Melbourne. Town Hall clocktowers are amongst the most visible but also most hidden places in our city. In the past, citizens of Melbourne relied on the clocks to tell time and usually would be able to see a tower from wherever they were in the city. That’s why we thought it a great idea to show viewers what lurks inside the clocktowers (ancient mechanisms lovingly cared for, rickety ladders and stairs). Nowadays, many modern high-rise buildings intervene, that’s why we are extending our range of view with high resolution aerial panoramas, so thatRead More →