Is Fishermans Bend simply a forgotten corner of the city? It has often seemed apart from the city, hard to get to, wind-swept, remote and yet so close to the central business district. Today, Fishermans Bend is a focus of attention as a significant urban renewal project covering around 480 hectares close to the heart of Melbourne.

This social history has been prepared for the Fishermans Bend Taskforce as one of the background reports designed to support the Fishermans Bend Framework.

This social history is not chronological. Rather it explores eight themes, each designed to illuminate an aspect of the interwoven stories that meld people, place and time together. Fishermans Bend is a place of stories, of remarkable people and communities, of resilience and self-determination.

Detail from a plan by Sir John Coode (1879), showing the sharp northern bend in the Yarra, marked here as ‘Fishermans Bend’, which is to be replaced by the new canal (source: Map Collection, University of Melbourne)

Detail from a plan by Sir John Coode (1879), showing the sharp northern bend in the Yarra, marked here as ‘Fishermans Bend’, which is to be replaced by the new canal (source: Map Collection, University of Melbourne)

This social history is deliberately concise. It is like a sketch of possibilities that might be explored by others in the future. To this end, a companion volume to this social history provides a guide to history resources that are available to researchers and interested community members. As part of the Fishermans Bend Framework, this social history provides a touchstone for future place-making and interpretive initiatives.

Life on the bend - social history study (PDF, 9.7 MB)
Social history resources: a guide (PDF, 591.9 KB)

To request an accessible Word version, email fishermansbend@delwp.vic.gov.au