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Melbourne 1903 photographer Melvin Vaniman

Melvin Vaniman always sought elevated viewpoints for his panoramas, using a swing-lens camera of his own construction. This view of the intersection of Collins and Queen streets, Melbourne, was taken from the corner of the Bank of Australasia. Fortunately, the ES&A bank on the left, with its fifteenth-century style windows, still stands (now ANZ Bank international headquarters), as does Goode House (finished in 1903), on the right.The ornate reinforced concrete nine-storey Prell’s building (1889), in the centre, had a tower added in 1929 to become Australia’s tallest building, but the entire structure was demolished in 1969.

DL Pg 25 platinum print 39.6 x 118.6 cm, Alan Davies, An Eye For Photography, State Library of New South Wales, 2004 See collection record

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