Map 19 – Aerial view of Flemington, Travancore and Ascot Vale 1967

City of Melbourne

Registration number

1897555

Artist/maker

City of Melbourne

Title

Map 19 – Aerial view of Flemington, Travancore and Ascot Vale

Production date

1967

Medium

photograph on paper on linen, metal

Dimensions (H x W x D)

92 x 96 cm

Inscriptions

19

Credit line

City of Melbourne Art and Heritage Collection

Keywords

Aerial photograph, 1967, Flemington, Travancore, Ascot Vale, Debney Meadows Estate, Housing Commission of Victoria, Debney's Paddock, Flemington Bridge railway station, Upfield railway line, Moonee Ponds Creek, Mt Alexander Road, Craigieburn train line, Flemington Racecourse train line

Summary

This aerial photograph is part of a collection of maps stored in a wooden cabinet. The series was created by the Melbourne City Council Engineering Services department in the late 1960s. The photographs document the Melbourne City Council municipality, particularly focusing on the areas west, north-west and south of Melbourne CBD. These areas have undergone huge urban transformation in the time since these photographs have been taken.

This photograph captures the development of Housing Commission of Victoria's Debney Meadows Estate in Flemington (lower right). The site, known as Debney's Paddock, was predominantly owned by the City of Melbourne and had been earmarked for development as public parkland. A 15-hectare site did become parkland, today known as Debneys Park, and 2 hectares was used for the Estate. In this photograph, the first 20-storey tower has been completed (1965). Another 3 towers would be built shortly after. To the right of the Estate is Flemington Bridge railway station, and the Upfield railway line (lower right). Moonee Ponds Creek runs down the right-hand side of the photograph, prior to the construction of the Citylink tollway. Mt Alexander Road runs diagonally across the image. The Craigieburn train line is visible on the left-hand side of the image, as well as the Flemington Racecourse train line (lower left).