Clarendon Street Stories

Discover the history and stories of Clarendon Street’s shops and shopkeepers, then and now, through a self-guided map and guided tours, part of the Open House Melbourne program for 2022.

David Wood, Clarendon Street, looking North, 1888

Clarendon Street Stories self guided online map

Clarendon Street Stories is a self-guided online map which leads you down Clarendon Street, South Melbourne from Market Street to Raglan Street. A snapshot of 19c south Melbourne, discover the area's mercantile, social and architectural past drawn from historic photographs from the Port Phillip City Collection. Walking in the footsteps of generations past, you can also visit the shops, cafes or stop for a drink to imbibe this wonderful local history.. 

Stay tuned for more information and the uploaded map.

Open House Melbourne guided tours and talks

Over the Open House Melbourne Weekend of Saturday July 30 and Sunday July 31, a program of guided tours and a talk will be offered to compliment and provide depth to the Clarendon Street Stories self guided online map. Program booking details will be available in July.

South Melbourne in 1905: Retail and commerce

Join Kay Rowan, Port Phillip Library Service, Local History Librarian for a walk down Clarendon Street, South Melbourne’s historic commercial centre since 1855. 

The See Yup Temple: Its history and heritage

Join Dr Sophie Couchman for a talk on Chinese cultural heritage in South Melbourne and a tour of the 1855, See Yup Temple.

Clarendon Street’s Heritage Architecture and the Emerald Hill Estate

Join David Helms, Heritage Advisor at the City of Port Phillip for a tour of Clarendon Street’s heritage architecture and the Emerald Hill Estate.