Flows

  

Flows

One way to understand the history of Melbourne, or any other human settlement for that matter, is to understand how natural and man made flows contributed.

The strength and abundance of these flows determine the nature of the settlement.

The peculiar interactions of these flows influence the identity and culture of the community.

Melbourne was powerfully subject to these influences. Remove or alter any of them and Melbourne would be a very different community or even a non existent one.

Yet these flows merely set the scene. The drama of our story is how Melburnians chose to use or abuse these flows.

And it is a dramatic story. 

Rock

Northcote

  1. Volcanoes
  2. Lava
  3. Scoria
  4. Clay bricks from Van Dieman’s Land

Williamstown

  1. Tasmanian granite
  2. Lava
  3. Quality bluestone
  4. Alfred Graving Dock

The Yarra

  1. Lava Flows
  2. Ancient sedimentary rock

Clifton Hill

  1. The “Hill”
  2. Lava flows
  3. The limit of lava flows
  4. Reclaimed land

Wren’s Collingwood

  1. Lava plain
  2. Limit of industrialisation

Water

Northcote

  1. Merri Creek
  2. Reticulated water

Williamstown

  1. Climate change

The Yarra

  1. Fresh water
  2. Pollution
  3. The Yarra as a social divide

Clifton Hill

  1. Pollution

Wren’s Collingwood

  1. Disease
  2. Recreation

Air

Northcote

  1. South-Westerly breezes

Williamstown

  1. Roaring Forties
  2. Clipper Ships

The Yarra

  1. Marvellous Smelbourne
  2. Reticulated water


Clifton Hill

  1. Abomination


Wren’s Collingwood

  1. Recreation


Animals

Northcote

  1. Sheep
  2. Rabbits
  3. Greyhounds

Williamstown

  1. Dangerous microbes

The Yarra

  1. Dangerous microbes


Clifton Hill

  1. Introduced pests
  2. Dangerous microbes


Wren’s Collingwood

  1. Dangerous microbes
  2. Sporting opportunities



Humans

Northcote

  1. Sons of rich Vandiemonians
  2. Merchants
  3. Collingwood proletarians
  4. Lazars

Williamstown

  1. Migrants
  2. Diseased persons
  3. Convicts
  4. Deserters
  5. Scientists
  6. Entrepreneurs

The Yarra

  1. The possessing classes
  2. Rich Jews
  3. The Catholic Irish
  4. Radicals


Clifton Hill

  1. Gardeners
  2. Fringe dwellers
  3. Small holders
  4. Citizens


Wren’s Collingwood

  1. Irish
  2. Family
  3. Youth
  4. Larrikins
  5. Police
  6. Moralists
  7. Team spirit



Money

Northcote

  1. Private fortunes
  2. British capital
  3. City rates

Williamstown

  1. Private fortunes
  2. Ship owners
  3. Capitalists
  4. Nation builders

The Yarra

  1. Prosperity
  2. Poverty
  3. Crime
  4. Charity
  5. Municipal funding


Clifton Hill

  1. Infrastructure
  2. Private investment
  3. Discretionary expenditure
  4. Municipal funding


Wren’s Collingwood

  1. Self improvement
  2. Gambling
  3. Entrepreneurialism
  4. Communitarianism
  5. Political control


Information

Northcote

  1. Batman’s con job
  2. View of Flagstaff Hill
  3. Scripture
  4. The franchise

Williamstown

  1. Word of mouth
  2. Free information
  3. Tethered information
  4. Mass education

The Yarra

  1. Social control
  2. Sectarianism
  3. Radical ideas


Clifton Hill

  1. Scientific ideas
  2. Informed citizenship
  3. Social control
  4. The myth of Melbourne


Wren’s Collingwood

  1. Progress
  2. Opportunity
  3. Religion
  4. Community
  5. Justice
  6. Loyalty


Spreadsheet helpfully constructed and provided by a stroller who prefers to remain anonymous.

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