Guide to finding photographs, illustrations and other images in the State Library of Victoria's collections
Searching on the broad subject of 'Melbourne' will bring up thousands of views. You can narrow your search of our catalogue by entering a date range, as in the examples below:
Jan Senbergs, Melbourne 1998-1999, acrylic on canvas, Pictures Collection, H99.151
Panoramic views provide wide views of an area. Panoramas in the SLV collection are in the form of photographs, prints, paintings and postcards.
Some panorama's are included in views of 19th-century Victoria.
Search the catalogue using 'panoramic' and the suburb you are interested in, for example, 'panoramic Fitzroy'.
A bird’s-eye view is a view from above, and can be an aerial photograph or a drawing. Before photography was invented or became popular, or before there were high-rise vantage points, these views were constructed from imagined perspectives.
Search the catalogue using 'birds eye' and the suburb you are interested in, for example, 'birds eye Lorne'.
City of Melbourne, Australia, South View, not dated, lithograph, Pictures Collection, H81.11/30
Nineteenth Century photographers of note include
A search for these photographers in the catalogue will show many examples of their work, including views of Melbourne's streets, buildings and gardens.
The Sun Pictures of Victoria 1858 is an album of photographs by Richard Daintree and Antoine Faucery, which includes many interesting views of early Melbourne.
Airspy is a collection of photographs taken from aeroplanes. They cover Melbourne city, suburbs and some Victorian country towns from the 1920s to the 1960s.
Search keyword 'airspy' and the suburb you are interested in, for example, airspy essendon .
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