Screening Melbourne Laneway Walk

The Mysterious Laneways of Central Melbourne, Australia

Screening Melbourne Laneway Walk

Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia

Created By: Helen Hickey

Tour Information

At 8.00 pm at the Treasury Theatre, 1 Macarthur Street, Melbourne, there will be a viewing of An Embroidery of Voids by Daniel Crooks accompanied by an improvised sound track by Ricochet, a Melbourne-based sound art group. This video takes you down the mysterious laneways of Melbourne. It will be introduced briefly by Stephanie Trigg, who is working on a project on Melbourne’s love affair with bluestone, and from members of Ricochet.

At the end of the first day of the Symposium, Wed. 22 Feb. 2017, there will be a reception at RMIT that finishes around 7.15. Between 7.15 and 7.45, those who would like to walk from the RMIT reception venue to the Treasury Theatre, 1 Macarthur Street, to view An Embroidery of Voids can use a pre-planned route that will feature some of the laneways of Melbourne and many bluestone buildings.

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What You'll See on the Tour

The Old Melbourne Gaol is constructed of bluestone and was built between 1852 and 1864.
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Look right at ground and eye level to see the large bluestone building blocks that make up the foundations of the SLV.
A residential precinct developed around Little Lonsdale Street during the late 1840s and early 1850s, on what was then the north-eastern edge of Melbourne. From 1987-88 it was the focus of an ambitious urban archaeology project. Found artef... Read more
Jones Lane is in the Victorian Heritage Archaeological Precinct. Most of the bluestones have been removed, keeping just one line of stones in the middle of the lane. In the middle of the lane, on the right, look at the current archaeologica... Read more
*NB. You can use the lights at Exhibition St and Lonsdale St. if more comfortable. Cohen Place is a delisted Heritage Inventory site: it joins Smythe Lane. Look left as you walk along Cohen Place to see an intact, original bluestone laneway... Read more
In ‘Chinatown’, the ‘Facing Heaven’ archway stands across the entrance of Cohen Place between Russell and Exhibition Streets and welcomes visitors to the Chinese Museum. This arch is a replica of a gate in Nanjing; the arch was made... Read more
Liverpool Street connects Bourke and Little Bourke Streets. Originally known as Juliet Terrace, with neighbouring Crossley Street known as Romeo Lane, it has one foot in Chinatown and the other in Melbourne’s theatre district.
As you approach Spring St., observe the bluestone foundations of the Imperial Hotel on the corner. Do they look different from others you have seen? Look more closely and you will see they are artificial bluestone facings, only a few centim... Read more
Parallel to Bourke and Little Bourke Streets, Turnbull Alley extends west from Spring Street, forming a dogleg to meet at the rear of the Princess Theatre. Several private residences occupied Turnbull Alley in the late nineteenth century. I... Read more
Parliament House was constructed in Spring Street between 1855 and 1929. A fine example of neoclassical architecture, the building comprises a Stawell sandstone façade and carvings, set firmly on locally-quarried bluestone foundations. ...
William Stanford’s bluestone fountain (c. 1870) features a boy on the upper tier, encircled by birds and fish on the lower tier. This scene of innocence was created while Stanford was serving a sentence of 16 years in Melbourne’s Pentri... Read more
Facing south down the once elegant Collins Street, the Old Treasury Building was the first major government office built in Melbourne after the gold rushes. Recognised as one of the most significant 19th-century buildings in Australia, the ... Read more
The entrance to the Victorian Treasury Theatre is signposted and down the stairs on the right. Wheelchair access is available. Go past the front of the Old Treasury Building, turn left to the end of the Building, turn left and the Treasury ... Read more


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