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Old Men's Shelter

Heritage Listed Location


61-67 Albert Street And 150-152 Powlett Street East Melbourne, Melbourne City, Victoria, Australia

Places Nearby

East Melbourne, 3002 0.6km Richmond South, 3121 0.7km Richmond, 3121 1.6km Richmond East, 3121 2.0km Richmond North, 3121 2.8km

Details / Significance

Constructed in 1938, the Old Men's Shelter at Powlett Reserve is one of the earliest surviving examples of an old men's shelter and, while it illustrates the plight of elderly men residing in inner city boarding houses, it also represents community moves toward self-help after the 1930s depression. It marks the beginning of a movement which placed value on allowing the elderly to support each other and which eventually led to the formation of senior citizens clubs. It is a notable example of the decorative use of brickwork in the 1930s.

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