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Negative - Aerial View of Fitzroy, Victoria, 1958 Image Reg. No: MM 134789

One of a subset of 21 negatives taken of South Melbourne, Fitzroy and Collingwood.

This subset is part of approximately 3,000 negatives taken by Jim Payens, the Melbourne based aerial photographer, and form part of the Payens Collection. The images span the period predominantly between the 1950s - 1970s.

Jim Payens was one of a very small number of Australian photographers to have specialised in oblique and survey aerial photography. He was also one of the earliest Australian aerial photographers. This collection consists predominantly of aerial views of the city of Melbourne, surrounding suburbs and regional Victoria but also extends to other parts of Australia. The Collection depicts a variety of landmark events and major engineering projects throughout Australia including the Australian Grand Prix, Olympic Games (Melbourne & Sydney) and the construction of Eildon Weir.

The Museum also holds the aerial camera and equipment used by Payens to take these images as well as an oral history interview with the photographer.
negative; black and white; silver gelatin; cellulose acetate.
Description Of Content:
Oblique aerial photograph of the suburb of Fitzroy looking south-west from Oxford Street showing the area bounded by Smith, Gertrude, Nicholson and Webb Streets. In the middle of the image is Atherton Gardens Estate, the high-rise public housing site. It shows one partially completed building and the foundations of two more. In the background is the Royal Exhibition Building and Carlton Gardens. The Uniting Church in Australia is visible in front of the estate. In the foreground Paterson's furnitiure warehouse can be seen on the west side of Smith Street.
Acquisition Information:
Donation & Supplementary Purchase from Mr. Jim Payens, 2002
Discipline: Technology
Dimensions: 130 mm (Height), 140 mm (Width)

More information

Tagged with: factories, photography, aerial photographs, housing estates, residences, streets, suburbs
Themes this item is part of: Images & Image Making Collection, Royal Exhibition Building Collection, Science & Measurement Collection, Transport Collection
Primary Classification: ENVIRONMENTS
Secondary Classification: Metropolitan - Melbourne
Tertiary Classification: aerial views
Inscriptions: Hand written in black ink on a yellow envelope that contained this negative along with twenty others [envelope now discarded]; 'BRUNSWICK / STH. MELB. / 1958 / JIM PAYENS'
Format: Negative: Black & White
Place & Date Depicted: Fitzroy, Victoria, Australia, 1958
Creator: Mr. Jim Payens
Organisation Depicted: Royal Exhibition Building (REB)
Organisation Depicted: Housing Commission Victoria
Organisation Depicted: Patersons Pty Ltd

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