St.Kilda Junction, Victoria:
Wide World fdc for KGVI 3d green - dated 14th November 1951
PPA tells us the St. Kilda Junction Post Office opened on 1st September 1936 & closed on 30th November 1993.
St Kilda Junction is a major intersection in Melbourne. It is in the suburb of St Kilda, bordering Windsor and St Kilda East, and is the meeting point of the major roads Punt Road, St Kilda Road, Dandenong Road/Queens Way/Princes Highway and Fitzroy Street.
Up until 1966, St Kilda Junction, along with the Haymarket roundabout on Royal Parade, was one of two giant roundabouts with trams running through the middle.
Before 1966, St Kilda Junction was the intersection of eight streets. They were, listed clockwise and starting from the north (with the route numbers of the time shown):
Punt Road (State Route 29)
Wellington Street (National Route 1), with trams
High Street (State Route 3), with trams
Barkly Street (State Route 29)
Fitzroy Street, with trams
St Kilda Road (National Route 1 / State Route 3), with trams.
The intersection took the form of a large oval roundabout with another road link in the middle between the close edges. The trams from St Kilda Road traversed most of the intersection before splitting into three paths. Things were made all the more difficult by the fact that Queens Road joined the intersection at the point where the left service road of St Kilda Road left it.
In the late 1960s, the Bolte Government proposed plans for a major overhaul of the intersection, which ultimately led to its existing form.
Queens Road was rerouted slightly so it would enter the roundabout in the middle of its long side. It was then lowered, so that it passed under the intersection, to join a new street, Queens Way, which led into Dandenong Road (as Wellington Street had done before it.) Wellington Street's tram service was also re-directed along Queens Way. National Route 1 (or Alternate National Route 1, as it became when the Monash Freeway was built) was rerouted down Queens Road-Queens Way-Dandenong Road because it was much easier for traffic to pass the junction that way than from St Kilda Road. High Street was widened and became the southern part of St Kilda Road.
St Kilda Junction looking south before widening, with High Street (now St Kilda Road) to the left and Barkly Street to the right
St Kilda Junction is also the location of one of Melbourne's well-loved suburban football/cricket ovals, the St Kilda Cricket Ground, which is generally known as the Junction Oval. Some of the parkland surrounding the Junction Oval was lost to the Queens Road realignment, but the original oval and the historic Aboriginal Corroboree tree remained intact.
In 2014, a move was made to return the St Kilda Football Club operations and training to Junction Oval with Cricket Victoria and Government assistance.
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