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History Matters: A Capitol site of urban development and suburban transform...

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Stonnington History Centre

1257 High Street

Malvern, VIC 3144

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The History Centre’s Simone Sharpe presents an historical examination of the changes in use of the former cable tram engine house site on the corner of Toorak Road and Chapel Street – from transport-related power generation, to commercial food production as the Capitol Bakeries, to retail and entertainment as the Fun Factory, then to a high-density residential zone.

Drawing on a range of sources including council records, newspapers, photographs and correspondence, she uses this site as a case study to illustrate the transformation of South Yarra from a suburb with pockets of working class industry to one now more associated with conspicuous consumption.

Stonnington History Centre Northbrook, 1257 High Street, Malvern Phone: 8290 1366

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