Author: Tara Oldfield
Senior Communications Advisor
Did you know the 30th of March is “take a walk in the park day”?
Soon after he arrived in 1839 to take up the position of Superintendent of the Port Phillip District, Charles Joseph La Trobe began setting aside from sale large areas of land near the city that he described as being for the public advantage and recreation.
“It is of vital importance to the health of the inhabitants that there should be parks within a distance of the town where they could conveniently take recreation,” he said.
Here we delve into our collection in celebration of the day.
Parks or gardens?
A park is defined as a large public garden or area of land used for recreation. In the City of Melbourne there are 565 hectares of open space with each park and garden a reflection of Melbourne’s history.
You can take a virtual historical tour of eight major gardens in Melbourne’s inner city: the Royal Botanic, Fitzroy, Carlton, Flagstaff, Treasury, Alexandra, Queen Victoria and Birrarung Marr via our online exhibition Gardens of Melbourne below (best viewed on the Google Cultural Institute website.)
Advertising that promotes the joys of walking, hiking and getting out in nature as a way to encourage tourism in Victoria can be found within our collection.
Some beautiful photographs of people on hikes and exploring the nature of Victoria also appear throughout our collection.
Search terms like "hike" or "park" within our collection for more like these.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples should be aware the collection and website may contain images, voices and names of deceased persons.
Material in the Public Record Office Victoria archival collection contains words and descriptions that reflect attitudes and government policies at different times which may be insensitive and upsetting.
PROV provides advice to researchers wishing to access, publish or re-use records about Aboriginal Peoples.