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Melbourne was officially gazetted on 29 March 1837 as the name of the settlement on the north bank of the Yarra River, named by Governor Bourke after the British Whig politician and Prime Minister. Garryowen's Chronicles of Early Melbourne (1888) quotes from a supposed journal of surveyor Robert Hoddle, suggesting that Bourke instructed Hoddle as to the names of the streets. Such a journal has never been subsequently located, and the precise origin of some names remains a matter of speculation. La Trobe Street was part of an 1838 grid extension, and the Little Streets were named in 1839. While Governor Bourke suggested the Little Streets as access routes to service properties fronting the major east-west thoroughfares, Surveyor Hoddle's 1837 street grid made no provision for the lanes or alleys which by the 1850s had quickly proliferated within the city's large blocks. By the mid 1850s there were 80 named lanes and 112 rights-of-way, many private, in central Melbourne. Lanes were used for deliveries, as workshops and extensions of warehouses and factories, for night-soil collection and as tips for rubbish.

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Acland Street
Adamson Lane
Albert Coates Lane
Albert Place
Albion Alley
Alfred Place
Alsop Lane
Alston Lane
Angelo Lane
Arc Lane
Arcade Alley
Argus Alley
Artemis Lane
Athenaeum Place
Austral Lane
Australia Arcade
Balcombe Place
Bank Place
Baptist Place
Barkly Place
Barrett Alley
Barry Lane
Batman Place
Beaney Lane
Bear Alley
Belman Place
Benjamin Lane
Bennetts Lane
Benson Lane
Bilking Square
Bligh Place
Block Arcade
Block Place
Bond Street
Bourke Place
Bourke Street
Bourke Street Mall
Bowen Lane
Bowen Street
Brien Lane
Brights Place
Briscoe Lane
Brogans Lane
Brown Alley
Brunswick Street
Buckley Place
Builders Alley
Bull Alley
Bullens Lane
Burns Lane
Burton Street
Butchers Lane
Caledonian Lane
Campbell Lane
Capitol Arcade
Carsons Place
Casselden Place
The Causeway
Celestial Avenue
Centre Place
Centre Way
Centrepoint Mall
Chancery Lane
Chapter House Lane
Chester Lane
Chisholm Place
Church Lane
Church Street
City Growth
City Planning
Cleve Lane
Club Lane
Coates Lane East and Coates Lane West
Cocker Alley
Cohen Place
Coles Place
Collins Street
Collins Way
Commerce Way
Condells Lane
Constance Stone Lane
Coopers Alley
Coromandel Place
Corrs Lane
Cosgrave Lane
Cosgrave Place
Coverlid Place
Craigs Lane
Croft Alley
Crombie Lane
Crossley Street
Crown Place
Cumberland Place
Cyclorama Lane
Exhibition Street
Fitzroy Street
Flinders Lane
Grid Plan
Lanes and Alleys
Little Lon
Little Streets
Lygon Street
Maling Road
Nature Strips
Royal Parade
Smith Street
St Kilda Road
Stephen Street
Street Lighting
Street Names
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Sydney Road