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⏳ 12-2021
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⏳ 12-2021
4.3

Harold Freedman

The 36.6 metre long and 7.32 metre high History of Transport mural featured across the main concourse of the Spencer Street railway station, depicting the first century of transport in Victoria (1835-1935) when I was a small child. My Grandmother used to take me to see the mural and we would stare up at it and see the evolution of transport. As a child I was awed by the size of it and my Grandmother believed it to be an essential part of a child’s learning curve to understand how things were in yesteryear.

When Southern Cross Station was redeveloped between 2002-2006 the mural was stored and remained in storage until 2007 where it was put into the Outlet Centre.

For an item that has historic, cultural and social significance to the State of Victoria the location of the mural makes it difficult for someone to enjoy. I struggled to be able to see details on it because you literally have to walk into stores that have things hanging from the ceiling blocking it ( Harris Scarf) and there are other stores that detract from your photo opportunities.

The mural is worth viewing, but it’s not easy to view.
Peter M
⏳ 12-2021
4.7

History Transport Mural

This mural was in Spencer Street Station but went missing when the station changed name to Southern cross station after extensive renovations. After years in storage it popped up at the back of Trade secrets and Harris scarfe Department stores in the Spencer Outlets. It is 118 long and 23 feet high. It was painted by Harold Freedman and took five years to complete. It was unveiled by the premier of Victoria on January 30 1978. Up until 2013 you could climb stairs to see a better view but the article I looked up on Google 4 years out of date as the only way you can view it is to go and see it at the back of Trade secrets and harris Scarfe department stores. It hangs on the back wall and is so big it takes up walls of both stores. It is a realist oil painting on canvas mounted on plywood and is highlighted with a background of gold leaf. It is a same that not many people know where it is. and it is not advertised. I had to go to the centre Management office to find it as even stores there did not know which I thought was rather poor.

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