Little Bourke Street

Along Little Bourke Street, in the block between Queen and William Streets, are a couple of stunning buildings.

The City West telephone exchange:
Telephone exchange, Little Bourke Street

The Supreme Court (sometimes you’ll see this on the news — I think it’s a nicer entrance than that facing onto William Street):
Supreme Court, Little Bourke Street

Another section of the Supreme Court towers above the street (though it’s dwarfed by nearby skyscrapers):
Supreme Court, Little Bourke Street

By Daniel Bowen

Transport blogger / campaigner and spokesperson for the Public Transport Users Association / professional geek.
Bunurong land, Melbourne, Australia.
Opinions on this blog are all mine.

3 replies on “Little Bourke Street”

Great snaps of a beautiful city, thanks.
I hope your interstate and overseas blog readers get inspired and visit Melbourne.

I’ve done work in that exchange – the art deco touches continue inside although they are largely obscured by massive numbers of computer racks and comms gear, unfortunately …. the main staircase is quite nice though

The red-brick Supreme Court building in Little Bourke Street was originally built by the Commonwealth as the High Court’s Melbourne registry, but was taken over by the State when the High Court consolidated in Canberra. Red brick seems to have been much favoured by the Commonwealth in the art deco era (20s and 30s?) and, as you point out, has stood the test of time. It wouldn’t surprise me if it exists beneath the render of Old Parliament House in Canberra!

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