How to read the MMBW 40ft to the inch detail plans

How to read Melbourne and Metropolitan Board of Works detail plans, including the abbreviations, hatchings and symbols used on the plans.

Sample portions from three MMBW Detail Plans

A small portion of Melbourne and Metropolitan Board of Works detail plan. 1206, City of Fitzroy, illustrating the densely populated suburb of Fitzroy, corner of Nicholson and Gertrude Streets.

MMBW Detail Plan No.1206

 


A small portion of Melbourne and Metropolitan Board of Works detail plan. 930, City of Prahran, illustrating the mansion and grounds of 'Illawarra' in Toorak.

View a contemporary photograph of this property on Flickr.

MMBW Detail Plan No.930

 


A small portion of Melbourne and Metropolitan Board of Works detail plan. 2372, Shire of Preston, illustrating the Watson & Patterson Bacon Factory, the Junction Hotel and a large clay hole near the intersection of High Street and Plenty Road, Preston.

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