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Principal Patrons: Professor Emeritus Geoffrey Blainey and Patron: Mayor of Boroondara, Cr. Jim Parke
Camberwell Historical Society Inc. is a volunteer organisation whose purposes are to foster historical interest and knowledge of the former City of Camberwell: to compile and keep historical records of the district; to promote the interchange of information among its members by lectures, discussions, excursions and other activities; to facilitate liaison with other history groups in the district and to participate in community projects.
Speaker: Ron Killeen
Tuesday 24th May 2016 8.00pm
Topic: Outer Circle Railway
VENUE: The Meeting Room, Ashburton Library,
154 High Street Ashburton
Following the Gold Rush, Melbourne entered a building boom, with the construction of extravagant buildings, street lighting and public amenities. The railway minister, Thomas Bent, proposed the construction of new railway lines in Victoria’s 55 constituencies, one of these being the Outer Circle Line, designed to create a link to the city for trains coming from Gippsland and terminating at Oakleigh.
Construction commenced in 1888 and was overseen by 22-year-old civil engineer John Monash, who ensured it was constructed on time and on budget, despite government inefficiencies. Opening in sections in the early 1890s, the line serviced few passengers and much of it closed within two years. Sections of the line still exist as part of the Alamein line with the majority of it forming a network of parks and bike tracks.
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