Black and white still of the back of a number 18 South Melbourne tram in the 1910s.

Trams and Melbourne streets

Marvellous Melbourne

Swanston and Collins Streets, 1910
 Jemma Pietrus

Take a step back in time with this nostalgic 1910 clip that captures the city of Melbourne in a different light. It's part of the Marvellous Melbourne series - the oldest surviving complete documentary on the Victorian capital - made by production company Spencers Pictures.

As well as the fabulous fashion and trams on show the clip includes iconic Melbourne landmarks such as Flinders Street Station, St Paul’s Cathedral and the Town Hall. It's charming to see unique characteristics of the era including ice delivery trucks and horse carriages along Swanston Street:

Excerpt from Marvellous Melbourne: Queen City of the South (1910). NFSA title: 9525.

See more clips from Marvellous Melbourne in our time capsule featuring familiar Melbourne sights and sounds including St Kilda Esplanade, Luna Park, the MCG, AFL, the Melbourne Cup and the 1956 Melbourne Olympics.