Monday 1 December 2014


This view of Elizabeth St, looking North from Flinders St in the City, shows a couple of centuries of Melbourne architecture condensed in one image. Original Victorian and Edwardian buildings, 1920s, 1930s and 1940s architecture as well as the "modern wave of buildings from 1950s-1970s. New high rises from the later part of the last century also clearly prominent.

In the mid-left of the photo, a "modern" mural on a 1950s building: Melbourne was all a buzz with Olympic Pride in 1956. Richard Beck was a graphic designer engaged to design the official commemorative Olympic Poster, a stamp, a map and was engaged by CUB (Carlton & United Breweries) to do a mural of "beer glasses toasting". This great mural still survives on this corner of Elizabeth & Flinders Sts...

This post is part of the Monday Mellow Yellows meme,
and also part of the Monday Murals meme.


  1. Plain, simple murals. Quite striking.

  2. I like the splash of color. Tom The Backroads Traveller

  3. I used to have ballet lessons in an Elizabeth St building, back in the early 1950s. It was all pretty seedy inside.
    Now I work in this end of the City and love it. How things change.

  4. Our city looks so vibrant Nick. It sure is a delight to live in Melbourne.

  5. A public mural dating to 1956? And lovingly preserved? Color me impressed. Thanks for contributing to this week's Monday Mural.

  6. there is a street in Brisbane called by this name. My sis Elizabeth was very pleased to have a street named after here. lol


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