Take a train for outermelbourne explorations, join a tour to learn more about the history of the grand building, or go underneath the station to see the changing. Designs by the six major practices shortlisted in october 2012 for the flinders street station design competition were unveiled for public viewing by the victorian government on 23 july 20, and voting opened to select the peoples choice award the six practices shortlisted from the 117 submissions are. Among melbournes flinders street stations many secrets are hidden rooms and disused spaces, most of which have fallen into disrepair or been repurposed. Whilst it still hadnt received its defining moniker, being named melbourne terminus at the time, its standing as the starting point for melbournes thriving transit network quickly cemented its place in australias history. Secrets of melbournes historic flinders street station. Flinders street station tour meltours melbourne walking tours. Many people got on and seated, but just before departure an announcement was made that the train is not going to advertised place but new destination announced. Located on the corner of flinders and swanston streets in melbourne, the station serves the entire metropolitan rail network. Flinders street station forum urban urban melbourne. In 1854, the melbourne terminus was the first city railway station built in australia and was situated on the corner of flinders and elizabeth streets. Flinders street railway station public building in. Flinders station is, in my opinion, the most beautiful station in melbourne, right opposite federation st.
Flinders street more than just a railway station explores the 100year history of flinders street railway station. The book of xii plus 339 pages is well illustrated with photographs, maps, diagrams, timetables, other references and an index. This is one of australias most recognizable landmarks, and holds such great significance for melbournians as a symbolic icon. Abel tasman had circumnavigated it more widely in 164243 and had charted its north coast in 1644. Flinders street station ballroom melbourne, australia. More than 150,000 people pass through flinders st station everyday, most oblivious to its timeless architecture and its extraordinary history. What are some interesting facts about flinders street. Its one of the citys most recognisable buildings and favourite meeting places. To stand inside the disused gymnasium on the third floor of flinders street station is to witness the slow. Flinders street station ballroom is in decay, shut off from the eastern half of the stations third floor by padlocked metal gates. The flinders street site has been part of the public transport network since the citys early days. The design integrates the station with the surrounding urban context, which has evolved. Flinders street station is one of melbournes most recognisable landmarks and has always played an important part in the citys history.
Arm architecture melbourne eduardo velasquez, manuel pineda and santiago. F linders street station is the central metropolitan train terminus of melbourne and one of the citys famous meeting places. Inside, water is leaking from the roof and the plasterwork is crumbling away. If you look closely at a picture of indias venerable taj mahal and melbournes flinders st railway station, theres a remarkable likeness. The 10 best hotels near flinders street station in. The first train line at flinders street was constructed in 1854 and further lines and platforms were installed and rearranged both before and after construction of the main station. This flinders street station tour provides plenty of interesting facts about the golden age of train travel and the role the railway played in melbournes expansion, and youll also learn the backstory of significant but rarely seen parts of the station. Alamein, belgrave, craigieburn, cranbourne, frankston, glen waverley, hurstbridge, lilydale, mernda, pakenham, sandringham, sunbury, upfield, werribee, williamstown. Melbourne terminus, as it was called then was a collection of weatherboard sheds and on opening day, the first steam train journey in australia left from the station to sandridge now port melbourne. The book of xii plus 339 pages is well illustrated with photographs, maps, diagrams. Melbournes iconic flinders street railway station was completed in 1909 and dominates 2 entire city blocks. Find hotels near flinders street station, australia online.
Flinders street station, historic images and original architectural plans at culture victoria. The flinders street station winning proposal hassell. Photo by eustaquio santimano flinders street clock flinders street railway station. Melbourne luggage storage facility at the travellers aid lounge, inside flinders street station between platforms 9 and 10. Melbourne terminus, as it was called then was a collection of weatherboard sheds and on opening day, the first steam train journey in australia left from the station to. A large amount of the top floor is taken up with a space that for years held balls, dance classes and occasionally movie screenings. If youre visiting melbourne, this is one of the citys landmark attractions thats hard to miss. Opened on september 12 th 1854, flinders street station was the first railway station built in any australian city. The flinders street railway station complex occupies a site that has been one of the central points of melbournes rail system since the 1850s. See all 21 flinders street station tours on tripadvisor. Flinders street station, melbourne, australia history. Flinders street station melbourne 2020 all you need to. Flinders street station, bourke st mall and nightclubs.
The building itself was the result an architectural competition held in 1902, and mary lewis, librarian, introduces us to the original winning entry, held at state library of victoria. Beyond the facade flinders street, more than just a. Flinders street station tour, melbourne the big bus. To begin the tour, select a level from the elevation below or slide the navigation bar to the right and highlight the required area. Rome2rio makes travelling from flinders street station to state library of victoria easy. Iconic building flinders street station, melbourne. Then in 1882, amid the rivers of cash flowing in from the states goldfields, the victorian. Completed in 1909, flinders street station was not only the first railway station in an australian city. The story of flinders street railway station in melbourne, australia. This website represents a further stage in the development of the flinders street station project which was conceived and instigated by jenny davies, researcher, writer and provocateur the age magazine dec 2011 the project began with the publication of jennys architectural, social and commercial history of the station in may 2009 entitled, beyond. By 1926 flinders street station was the worlds busiest suburban railway station and it still is in the southern hemisphere. While this may come as a surprise to some, as of september 12th 1954, flinders street station made history by being australias very first train station.
Completed in 1910, its constantly evolving, with the most recent alterations completed in 2008. Beyond the facade flinders street, more than just a railway station. Flinders street station history a guide to melbournes. Flinders street station flinders street railway station. Melbourne vintage photos, historic photos, old photos. A small terminus on the site served for half a century, but the transport network was transformed when the government built a new station in 1882. Captain matthew flinders 16 march 1774 19 july 1814 was an english navigator and cartographer who led the second circumnavigation of new holland that he would subsequently call australia or terra australis and identified it as a continent. Flinders university has developed a remarkable record of achievement across an impressive range of endeavour.
Flinders street station designs unveiled architectureau. Flinders street station, melbourne, victoria, australia stand beneath the clocks of melbournes iconic railway station, as tourists and melburnians have done for generations. Flinders street station to state library of victoria 5. Rome2rio makes travelling from flinders street station to melbourne central station easy. The definitive book on the flinders street railway station. The project began with the publication of jennys architectural, social and commercial history of the station in may 2009 entitled, beyond the facade.
Flinders street station is the heart of melbournes public transport system, but its a lot more than that. The first steam train in australia left flinders street station, then a small wooden building at the end of elizabeth street, in 1854. Each weekday, about 105,000 people and 1,500 trains use the station. Flinders street station has been both the focal point of melbournes railway network and an icon in the city skyline since 1854. Flinders street station melbourne hotel bayview on the park. Flinders street railway station over the years, flinders street station has become a famous melbourne landmark, emerging as a symbol of victorias capital city and is an institution in the daily routine of nearly a quarter of a million people. If you book with tripadvisor, you can cancel up to 24 hours before your tour starts for a full refund.
Rome2rio is a doortodoor travel information and booking engine, helping you get to and from any location in the world. For anyone that is alive in melbourne today, flinders street station history is engrained within their perception of this beautiful city. Flinders street station and the yarra, melbourne 1940. Flinders st station, opened in flinders street station was the city station in australia the city of brisbane in australia gives you the wonderland adventure of holiday. Jamess garden is said to be the biggest exhumation in british history, its certainly not the first. Designed in the historical art nouveau style in 1910, it is australias oldest and busiest railway station. Melbourne luggage storage travellers aid australia. The flinders street station is the central railway station of melbourne and an icon of the citys culture and history.
Flinders street station simple english wikipedia, the. Before federation square took the honours, flinders street station was melbournes favourite meeting place. Flinders street station, attraction, melbourne, victoria. Construction began in 1902 and the station remains melbournes most recognisable landmark. Launched in 2009 this is the most comprehensive book on the history of flinders street station together with its social history associated and comes highly. Flinders st station in the late 1800s before the new station was built. Flinders street station is the central railway station of the rail network of melbourne, australia. Flinders street railway station 24 views view from elizabeth st.
Flinders street station history a guide to melbournes most iconic landmark. When 2pm mondays, tuesdays, thursdays and fridays or by prior arrangement. It was a collection of train sheds and was opened in 1854. Our station flinders street about flinders street station.
This is a copy of the lithograph of flinders street station, street elevation that was signed off by the builder peter rodger in september 1905. The design for the station carried generous prizes for the best three submissions and 17 were submitted in the late 1890s. Since it looks like i havent actually done as many sights for melbourne than i have done for other places around australia and the world i probably should write up about some of my favourite places, and i simply cannot go past flinders street station it is literally a melbourne icon you will find it on postcards, snow domes, and a myriad of other touristy items. Among melbournes flinders street station s many secrets are hidden rooms and disused spaces, most of which have fallen into disrepair or been repurposed. Flinders street railway station is a railway station on the corner of flinders and swanston streets in melbourne, victoria, australia. Flinders backpackers is located in the heart of melbourne cbd, which makes it the perfect location for every traveller. Flinders st station melbournes taj mahal by marc fiddian. Photo by rexness history the melbourne terminus was the very first train station on flinders street.
Find all the transport options for your trip from flinders street station to. Flinders street station to melbourne central station 5. Flinders street station through the ages traces magazine. Beyond the facade flinders street more than just a railway. The launch of the book was intended to apply public pressure to both the city of melbourne and the victorian government to celebrate the forthcoming centenary in 2010. It used to look like this but now it looks more like this its been disused and decrepit for ye. Flinders street railway station is a railway station on the corner of flinders and swanston. Starting place under the clocks at the domed entrance of flinders street station, crn flinders and swanston streets. Before federation square took the honours, flinders street station was melbournes favourite meeting place, hence the catchphrase meet me under the clocks. Flinders street station, the busiest railway hub in all of australia, is home to a decaying beauty of a ballroom, an abandoned leftover from the bygone era of railroad romance while the station. We recommend booking flinders street station tours ahead of time to secure your spot. Interesting facts about flinders street station melbourne. Historic building flinders street station, melbourne. Address flinders street railway station swanston st flinders st melbourne city 3000 phone numbers lost property 03 9610 7512 feedback 1800 800.
The first terminus had a single platform 30 metres long. There are many things to do and see in the city that caters to every desire you have from peaceful strolling along the river to skydiving. Through the diverse efforts of an eclectic cohort of teachers, researchers and graduates, flinders has exerted a profound and distinctive influence on society and in its various communities. Infrastructure such as the degraves street subway, which is part of flinders street station, was extended to the north side of flinders street in 1954. It is on the corner of flinders and swanston streets next to the yarra river in the middle of the city, stretching from swanston street to queen street and covering two city blocks. It is a very busy station during the day whilst at night turns into an interesting performing stage. Trains have been arriving at the site of flinders street station long before the construction of the iconic building we recognise today.410 149 647 1265 760 155 646 587 1411 1387 903 186 1186 331 1388 225 1432 1005 519 1362 668 687 1249 1396 711 744 977 1511 1145 464 1136 109 641 719 861 1490 558 1386 42 972 350 1147 1073 493 457