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The Heidelberg Historical Society Museum is now open on Sundays from 2 pm to 5 pm

Truth, Beauty & Utility Exhibition now open

This exhibition traces the Arts & Crafts Movement, from the sudden craze for Japanese-inspired decoration in the 1880s to the non-historical ‘Art Nouveau’ of 1900, to the rugged Californian bungalow of 1920—all as seen in our local area.

‘Truth, Beauty & Utility’ is now open at the Museum and can be viewed on Sundays from 2 pm to 5 pm.

Please note that for the remainder of 2021 the Research Room will not be open on Sundays due to density requirements. The Museum will be closed during December 2021 and January 2022.

Coronavirus restrictions

As per Victorian Government regulation the following are required as conditions of entry to the Museum:

For more information please see the Current restrictions in metropolitan Melbourne at the Victorian Government website.


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If you are not a member you can join by submitting the online application form which will be processed by our Secretary promptly.

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Catching the train to Princes Bridge

Posted on Monday, 4th January 2021 by Janine Rizzetti

from our Facebook page December 11, 2020

Between 1888 and 1901, if you had wanted to go from Heidelberg into the city, you would have had to travel to Victoria Park (then named Collingwood). The train would come to a stop, the locomotive would change ends and then you would need to travel back to Clifton Hill onto the inner circle line, through Fitzroy, around through North Melbourne terminating at Spencer Street.

In 1901 the direct route to the city was opened, terminating at Princes Bridge railway station, seen here. The original Princes Bridge building was demolished in 1964 to make way for the Princes Gate Towers (opened in 1967), later known as the Gas and Fuel Building.

The building beside the spire-less St Paul’s Cathedral was the Metropolitan Gas Company building, completed in 1892 and designed to harmonize with the Cathedral. In 1967 the Gas and Fuel Corporation moved across the road to the Princes Gate building, and remained there until the demolition of the two towers in 1996-7 to make way for Federation Square.

Original image: State Library of Victoria http://handle.slv.vic.gov.au/10381/295611

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