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    Correspondence file between J. Zander and the City Council re Highlander Lane, 29 September 1856, courtesy of Public Record Office Victoria, Victorian Archives Centre.

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    Melbourne Warehouses. Highlander Lane off Flinders Lane, 29 May 1977, by John T. Collins, courtesy of State Library of Victoria.

Highlander Lane

Highlander Lane is located between King and William streets, extending from Flinders Street through to Flinders Lane. Formerly known as Bowden Lane, the name was changed to Highlander Lane prior to 1856. The lane was named after Flinders Street's Royal Highlander Hotel, later called the Holyhead Hotel.

As was standard for many of Melbourne's lanes, more than one hotel was located on Highlander Lane. In addition to the Highlander Hotel on the eastern corner of Flinders Lane, the Great Britain Hotel could be found on Highlander Lane in 1860.

Several warehouses and factories also existed on Highlander Lane in the nineteenth century, which are still standing today. The warehouse and manufacturing and processing factory situated at number 11-17 is listed on the Victorian Heritage Inventory, as is a former government bond store located at number 29-33. The first dated occupation of this building was 1839.

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Sands & McDougall’s commercial and general Melbourne directory, Sands & McDougall, Melbourne, 1892. Details
Sands & McDougall’s commercial and general Melbourne directory, Sands & McDougall, Melbourne, 1930. Details
'11-17 Highlander Lane, Melbourne (HI number H7822-1852) and 29-33 Highlander Lane, (HI number H7822-1853)', in Victorian Heritage Register On-Line, 2000, http://www.doi.vic.gov.au/doi/hvolr.nsf. Details
'Central Melbourne - Lanes F-H', in Amendment C105 - CBD Laneways Review, City of Melbourne, 2007, http://www.melbourne.vic.gov.au/info.cfm?top=195&pg=3065&bp=1902&coll=8. Details
Bate, Weston, Essential but unplanned: The story of Melbourne's lanes, State Library of Victoria and the City of Melbourne, Melbourne, 1994. Details