The Birrarung – Yarra River is an important place for both the Boonwurrung and Woiwurrung peoples. It was a place of meeting and ceremony for millennia before colonial settlers arrived.

The development of the city started when surveyor Robert Hoddle laid out a grid pattern of streets and lanes on the northern side of the Birrarung in 1837, creating what is now known as the Hoddle Grid.

The Hoddle Grid is now the centre of the city, to some – it’s the heart of Melbourne, a place rich with history and experience that we’d like to understand.

As we’ve grown and changed, the centre of our city is understandably very different today to the early days but it still has places and spaces that are close to the community’s heart, including places of connection for Aboriginal Traditional Owners.

Your experiences and memories will help us understand why Melbourne is valued and what qualities we wish to retain as the city grows and changes.


Share your memory

What makes the Hoddle Grid distinctive and meaningful to you? Share your story and a photo of your favourite public place, and answer a few questions. Submissions are open until 15 June 2018.

What is your favourite public place or space in the central city?

Pin your favourite place on the map and tell us your memory. Make sure you include the name of the place.

A public place might be a building, forecourt, lane, street or street corner, a landmark, park or open space, or a view. Focus on the area from Victoria and A’Beckett streets down to the Yarra River and between Spencer and Spring streets.

Click on ‘Add pin’ and position it on the map. You can zoom in on the map to mark the precise location. Add the place name and your story. Uploading a photo is optional.
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The survey form is now closed. Thanks for your contributions.