# 16166

[PATERSON BROS]

Menzies Hotel, corner of Bourke and William Street, Melbourne, late 1860s

$175.00 AUD

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Albumen print photograph, carte de visite format, 63 x 102 mm (mount); verso with imprint of ‘W.J. Norman, Wholesale and Retail Looking Glass and Picture Frame Manufacturer, 94 & 170 Elizabeth Street Melbourne’ and contemporary inscription in pencil ‘Menzies Hotel’; no photographer’s imprint, but we have previously handled another example with the Paterson Bros. back mark; a strong albumen print with excellent tonal range, the mount also in fine condition.

The Menzies Hotel was the first of Melbourne’s grand hotels. It was designed by Reed & Barnes and constructed on a site owned by Mr and Mrs Archibald Menzies at a cost of £32,000. The three-storey building with columned arcade and pavilion towers opened in November 1867. In 1872, visiting English writer Anthony Trollope claimed that he had never stayed ‘at a better inn in any part of the world’.