Map 9 – Aerial view of Maribyrnong River, Coode Island, West Melbourne and Footscray 1967

City of Melbourne

Registration number

1897205

Artist/maker

City of Melbourne

Title

Map 9 – Aerial view of Maribyrnong River, Coode Island, West Melbourne and Footscray

Production date

1967

Medium

photograph on paper on linen, metal

Dimensions (H x W x D)

92 x 96 cm

Inscriptions

9

Credit line

City of Melbourne Art and Heritage Collection

Keywords

Maribyrnong River, Coode Island, West Melbourne, Footscray, construction, shipping, industrial, Swanston Dock, 1967, aerial photograph, Melbourne City Council Engineering Services

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 documents the area of West Melbourne and Footscray. The Maribyrnong River is central to the image, with a number of crossing points visible including Kensington Rail Bridge (upper right), the old Hopetoun Bridge (upper left), Bunbury Street Railway Bridge (centre left) and Shepherd Bridge (centre left). This photograph pre-dates the development of Swanson Dock, which would be constructed in 1968 on Coode Island (lower right).