Wren’s Collingwood

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Click here for a thematic overview of Melbourne’s fascinating history.


The man who taught us how to amuse ourselves


Child of the boom





Adolescent collapse

In 1893, James Mc Culloch’s London Chartered Bank collapsed triggering a deep depression.


Poorest of the poor



John Wren, inventor

A bright and ambitious young man is granted a patent.


Underworld entrepreneur











Community benefactor



Tribal Catholic



Football fanatic




Building young men






Triumph and death



A fitting monument?

Festival Hall, Dudley Street

Back of Festival Hall


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