RICHMOND CSI - Richmond & Burnley Historical Society

Lower Level, Richmond Library, Unit 3 - 415 Church Street Richmond 3121
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Phone : 03 94271800 Reg No: A000719 6B ABN: 55 900 596 374
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City of Yarra
Genealogical Society of Victoria

What happened in Richmond’s long, fascinating and sometimes strange history?

Your job is to understand your assignment,
Ask QUESTIONS, Look for EVIDENCE, Create the STORY.

Look for the clues, look for evidence, seek information, pictures,
interview others and sort your information, to gather the facts.

1. What are you investigating?
2. Prepare and Investigation Plan
3. What areas you are researching.
4. What you hope to discover.
5. Where you might find information.
6. How will you collect the information.
7. What resources you need to complete the investigation.
8. A time plan to complete and produce a presentation.


  • The Yarra River created Richmond's boundary due to a large lava flow from near Rucker's Hill in Northcote over 2 million years ago.
  • Richmond was flooded by the Yarra River every 7 to 10 Years.
  • Richmond Paddock was the original site of the Melbourne Zoo.
  • The first land sale in Richmond was in 1839.  
  • The first aerial flight in Australia, took place at the Cremorne Gardens in February 1858.
  • Some of the camels for the Burke and Wills expedition came from the Cremorne Gardens.
  • The Australian $100 bill has two of Richmond's famous residents - Dame Nellie Melba and Sir John Monash.
  • Why were these streets called  Bridge Road, Church Street, Punt Road, Hoddle Street, Highett Street ?
  • What Richmond business made Matches ?
  • What Richmond business made the Rivets that holds the Sydney Harbour Bridge together?
  • Where is the Corobboree Tree located in Richmond?
  • Ned Kelly was once held in the Richmond Watch house near the Richmond Town Hall.
  • When Ned Kelly was caught, his armour was placed at the Richmond lock up, while he was imprisoned in the Melbourne Jail.
  • That Peter's Icecream was made in Richmond?
  • Richmond had its own Racecourse.
  • Prime Minister James Scullin lived in Richmond while he served in parliament.
  • Peter Lalor of the Eureka Stockade lived in Richmond
  • What did Pelaco and AKM make in their factories?
  • Rosella Foods in Cremorne employed over 1000 staff during the peak production season.
  • Richmond Power Station provided some of the first electricty to Melbourne.
  • Richmond Ice Works produced Ice Blocks for Ice Chests - what were these used for?
  • Allan Bain reserve was once a very deep quarry - over 30 metres deep.
  • The Richmond Library was built on the site of the Globe Theatre - how many theatres did Richmond have?
  • Richmond had a large Roller Skating Rink.
  • Kiwi Boot Polish factory was in Richmond.
  • Bread and Milk was delivered every day by horse and cart.
  • Bosisto's Eucalptus factory was in Richmond.
  • Marchant's and Loys drinks and Barnes Honey were produced in Richmond.
  • The first Cable Car ran along Bridge Road in 1885.
  • Squizzie Taylor ( Leslie Taylor) was a notorious gangster who moved from Brighton to Richmond.
  • Richmond was the location of the first Baby Health Centres in 1917
  • Richmond had more than 6 primary schools  -  class sizes with over 30 children.

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