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Swanston Street from the Bridge

oil on canvas
71.8 × 92.2 cm
Place/s of Execution
Melbourne, Victoria
Accession Number
Australian Painting
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Gift of John H. Connell, 1914
This digital record has been made available on NGV Collection Online through the generous support of The Vizard Foundation
Gallery location
Gallery 5
Level 2, NGV Australia
About the work

The intersection of Swanston and Flinders Streets is, in effect, the gateway to the city of Melbourne and has always been a hub of civic life. Burn shows the south-east corner, the present-day Federation Square site, occupied by the Coroner's and Registration Office for Births, Deaths and Marriages.

Well-dressed people promenade along the street and a bullock team can be seen in the distance. Burn shows Melbourne's impressive buildings, St Paul's Church (which was removed in 1885 to make way for St Paul’s Cathederal) and the spire of Scots Church on the right. The Johnston Bridge Hotel, on the left, is now Young and Jacksons Hotel. The stock grazing on the banks of the Yarra contrast with the steam engine just visible on the right (and the Jolimont rail line), illustrating the growth of this rapidly developing city.