St Vincent Gardens
in the Melbourne
suburb of Albert Park
, is an Australian
park of national significance.
It is an example of nineteenth century residential development around a large landscaped square. Development occurred as a result of a boom following the Victorian gold rush
. It was influenced by similar, urban design in London, but such design on such a scale is unparalleled in Australia.
In the shape of a large rectangular area with semi-circular crescents at either end, the heritage area includes the St Vincent Place
precinct bounded by Park Street, Cecil Street, Bridport Street, Cardigan Place and Nelson Road. The park is bisected by Montague Street, allowing the passage of trams
on route 1
. Several of the streets are lined with the original cobbled blue stone
and gutters. It is registered with the National Trust of Australia
and on the Victorian Heritage register for its aesthetic, historical, architectural and social significance to the State of Victoria
The gardens are particularly important according to the Victorian Heritage Register:
- as a reflection of the aspirations of middle class residents in South Melbourne. Because of the shared outlook on and use of the gardens, the precinct has developed a sense of community cohesion unusual in the Melbourne context. The gardens are also socially important as a focus of community life for the surrounding district with the maintenance of their amenity a priority of municipal government since their......