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Higson Lane

Higson Lane is located between Russell and Exhibition streets, extending south from Flinders Lane to a dead-end. Higson Lane has predominantly been used for residential and commercial purposes. Most of the buildings lining the lane are warehouses built in the early twentieth century. The warehouses located at 2 & 3 Oliver Lane, which back onto Higson Lane, are heritage listed. These warehouses were designed and built by the engineer John Monash and builder and entrepreneur David Mitchell. Completed in 1907, they have housed a variety of different business over the years, many of which were connected to the clothing industry. Number 3 has since been converted to residential units, but the original fa├žade of the Number 2 warehouses is still in place on both Higson and Oliver Lanes.

The busy nature of Higson Lane at times caused great clutter. About twenty clothing and fabric warehouses along Higson Lane and nearby Oliver and Hosier Lanes produced huge bundles of fabrics and machinery. These often filled the lanes, making it difficult to enter the lane for a pick-up or delivery.

Alexandra Gerner

References
'Warehouses, 2 & 3 Oliver Lane, Melbourne. VHR Number H1135, File Number HER/1999/000136', in Victorian Heritage Register On-Line, 2000, http://www.doi.vic.gov.au/doi/hvolr.nsf. Details
Bate, Weston, Essential but unplanned: The story of Melbourne's lanes, State Library of Victoria and the City of Melbourne, Melbourne, 1994. Details