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Meet me on the steps

Flinders Street Railway Station. Photo: Marleena Forward


Those steps. Those clocks. That dome…

Melbourne just wouldn’t be Melbourne without Flinders Street Railway Station. ‘On the steps’ or ‘under the clocks’ (one and the same location) is the traditional meeting place for converging Melburnians, which is why you’ll see so many people loitering under the front arch of the station. This is probably the city’s best-loved and most iconic building, and has been acknowledged as such by Heritage Victoria.

The station started life as a pile of sheds back in 1854, but after a few decades the city decided it needed a more permanent building, so a station-designing competition was held. A couple lads named James Fawcett and HPC Ashworth won the gig (and £500) and the new station was completed in 1910.

One lovely little piece of trivia about Flinders Street Station is that the retro clocks adorning the front of the building really are quite seriously retro – they are originals dating back to the 1860s. Apparently, during the early 1980s the clocks were removed and digital replacements were due to be installed, but the public kicked up such a huge fuss that the decision was reversed in a single day. The clocks were immediately re-installed, although they have been altered to operate automatically rather than manually (in the old black-and-white days, a worker would have to physically change the clocks 900 times a day with a long pole).V

Flinders St & Swanston St, VIC 3000




  1. Yehaaa!!! Flinders Station remind me to the Melbourne time! I spent 6 beautiful month in Melbourne life style and I went many times in Confederation square to find free wifi for call my family in Italy! Great time!

    I’m happy to have linked your blog!!!

    • marleenaforward says

      I’m so glad that I’ve been able to remind you of lovely Melbourne town. And now you’ve reminded me of beautiful Italia! The photos on your blog are absolutely amazing. Thanks so much for stopping by! Ciao 🙂

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