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About Prahran

Prahran, Victoria

 

 (pronounced "pruh-RAN", also known colloquially as "Pran") is a suburb of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 5 km south-east of Melbourne's Central Business District. Its local government area is theCity of Stonnington. At the 2011 Census, Prahran had a population of 11,191. Prahran is a part of Greater Melbourne, with many shops, restaurants and cafes. The area of Prahran, centred along Commercial Road is one of Melbourne's gay villages.

The shopping street Chapel Street is a mix of upscale fashion boutiques and cafes. Greville Street, once the centre of the Melbourne's hippie community, has many cafés, bars, restaurants, bookstores, clothing shops and music shops. Prahran takes its name from Pur-ra-ran, a compound of two aboriginal words, meaning "land partially surrounded by water", in 1837 by George Langhorne. The proximity of the Yarra River and a swamp to the southwest (Albert Park Lake is the remnant) explains that description.

 

 

Prahran
MelbourneVictoria
Reads emporium.jpg
Former Read's Emporium now "Pran Central" on the corner of Chapel Street and Commercial Road

 

 

History

 

In 1837 George Langhorne named the area Pur-ra-ran, a compound of two aboriginal words, meaning "land partially surrounded by water". When he informed the Surveyor-General Robert Hoddle of the name, it was written as "Prahran". Prahran Post Office opened on 1 April 1853.

 

 

Chapel Street scene in 1889

 

 

 

Chapel Street scene in 1906. The large building second from the right between Read's Store and the Love & Lewis building was formerly an extension of Reads' store but made way for a carpark in the 1960s

 

 

Between the 1890s and 1930s Prahran built up a huge shopping centre, which by the 1920s had rivalled the Melbourne Central Business District. Large emporiums (department stores) sprang up along Chapel Street. Prahran also became a major entertainment area. The Lyric theatre (also known as the fleahouse), built on the corner of Victoria Street in 1911, burnt down in the 1940s. The Royal was the second old theatre built. The Empress (also known as the flea palace), another popular theatre on Chapel Street, was destroyed by fire in 1971. The site was operated by the cut-price clothes and homewares chain Waltons for the next decade and was later developed into the Chapel Street Bazaar.

 

 

Residential architecture

 

 

Double storey Victorian terraces in Wattle Street

 

 

Residential Prahran consists of mostly single storey Victorian and Edwardian terrace houses, with some larger double storey terraces closer to the main shopping strips. A public housing high rise estate is located on King Street, adjoining Princes Gardens.

 

 

Public space

 

 

Gates to Princes Gardens

 

 

 

Chapel Street

 

 

 

Transport

 

Prahran is serviced by Prahran Station, on the Sandringham line, as well as trams routes 5, 6, 64, 72 and 78.

 

 

 

SOURCE: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prahran,_Victoria

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