Explore Melbourne as it was 70 years ago.
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The aerial map of Melbourne in 1945 was commissioned by the Department of Crown Lands and Survey, and conducted by Adastra Airways. This is a snapshot of the city immediately following WWII, and preceding the suburban sprawl of the postwar period.
You'll notice that there are some missing portions in the 1945 map - notably the areas around Wantirna, Blackburn and Frankston. Unfortunately the original photos covering these areas seem to be lost to time.
scanned copies of the original 1945 photomaps
, February 2015.
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