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Bond Street

Bond Street leads north from Flinders Street to Flinders Lane near Queen Street, and as early as 1840 contained commercial and warehouse storage. In 1895, Bond Street's Flinders Lane entrance was marked by Norwich Union Chambers, while its southern Flinders Street end serviced the Conference Hotel at the corner of Queen and Flinders streets. The street, running in close parallel to Queen Street, served as an access and delivery lane for the Queen Street shops, but also provided retail frontage for shops on the east side of the street. As a result, the Queen Street residents tended to treat this bustling shopping strip as they would a private right-of-way. In 1891, J. Bartram & Son of 18 Queen Street wrote to the City of Melbourne asking permission to 'make use of an ordinary copper with fire underneath at the back of our premises (in Bond St) from time to time as we require a supply of hot water'. The City of Melbourne replied promptly with a rejection of the application, and noted on the file: 'This would be an obstruction to the traffic and a nuisance'. By 1920, Bond Street was predominantly used for the storage rooms of auction houses and loan societies. In 2008 it offered access to a large parking lot, but still provided frontage for a restaurant and a chic inner city bar which has adopted the theme of Bond Street's film namesake.

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Sands & McDougall’s commercial and general Melbourne directory, Sands & McDougall, Melbourne, 1920. Details
'Bond Street, H7822, File 1875', in Victorian Heritage Register On-Line, 2000, http://www.doi.vic.gov.au/doi/hvolr.nsf. Details
MMBW Detail Plan, 1010, City of Melbourne, image no bw0001, 1895; MMBW Melbourne Sewerage Plans 1890s - 1950s; State Library of Victoria. Details
Unit 674, no. 170; VPRS 3181/P000, City of Melbourne Town Clerk's Files Series 1; Public Record Office Victoria, Victorian Archives Centre. Details

See also

Lanes and Alleys