Join this Vicfix campaign to take up residence by the seaside
Vicfix is improving the searchability of digitised newspaper articles and making the hidden details of Victoria's rich history available for everyone.
About Picnic Point
Melbourne's famously sprawling suburbia took off in the heady days of the 1880s land boom, fuelled by speculators, auctioneers and builders. Southwards expansion soon trickled along the coast to Brighton and beyond, with new homeowners attracted by the promise of transport connections and fresh sea air. Prices soared, until the 1890s depression took hold and the bubble well and truly burst.
Contemporary reports note the machinations behind the new railway that reached Picnic Point (aka Sandringham) in 1887, along with advertisements for the estate's land sales and seaside homes. New residents were attracted by the promise 'that a residence by the seaside, with its ever changing panorama, is specially conducive to health, to contentment, and to family happiness. No children are more robust or better developed or more secure in their passage through the perilous years of infancy than those reared within range of the music of the bright blue waves.'
Contribute to this Vicfix campaign – it's easy!
- Choose an article listed below and click through to correct it on Trove (see our How-to guide).
- Add our tag 'vicfix-done' once the whole article is fixed (note that the tag is case sensitive).
- Share what you've fixed with friends and family.
- Send us feedback by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, follow us on Facebook and Twitter or subscribe to our enewsletter for Vicfix and other Library news.
To see our display of 1880s auction plans and ephemera, visit The changing face of Victoria exhibition, Dome Galleries, Level 5.