Accessing Melbourne
Chapter 7
Flinders Lane
145 Flinders Lane, The Ivy Night Club (9650 1855). Three steps up to the Karaoke
Bar level and bouncers will assist when on duty. No accessible toilets.
234 Flinders Lane, Manchester Lane (9663 0630), is a jazz club with cafe and bar.
Flat access from Flinders Lane into the cafe and flat entry from Manchester
Lane into the bar, Jazz Venue, with an accessible unisex toilet.
Flinders St
210 Flinders St, Young & Jacksons, Melbourne's most famous pub. The original
1853 bluestone building was designed as a three storey residence, with a
butchers shop on the ground floor. It was extended by incorporating a shop to
the north in Swanston Street and two early stone stores to the west on Flinders
Street. They have been rendered and painted to match but the original stone
corner building can be readily identified. Unfortunately large advertising signs
are fixed to the exterior. Access into the public bar is flat but narrow from
Flinders St.
In 1860 it became known as the Princes Bridge Hotel, then in 1875 H. F. Young
and T. Jackson took over the license. In 1908 H. F. Young purchased and
displayed in the saloon bar, a painting of a nude female,  Chloe  by the
Frenchman Jules Lefebre. Shipped to Melbourne for the 1880 81 International
Exhibition it was purchased by noted Melbourne medical man Dr Thomas
Fitzgerald who loaned it to the National Gallery in 1882. Chloe aroused the ire of
certain Melburnians   they objected to its public display, especially on Sundays.
Young's action was intended to promote his Hotel but the presence of the
painting at Young and Jacksons's (as it had become known by then), came to
symbolise popular resistance to narrow minded Victorian values.
146 Flinders St, Duke of Wellington Hotel (9650 4984), Melbourne's oldest pub
still operating, gained its license in 1853. One section was built in 1850 as a
stone house and later expanded incorporating adjoining buildings. One small
step up from Flinders St into the front bar and flat entry from Russell St but the
doors are narrow, just room for a manual wheelchair (16 inch). A bistro is up
several steps and there are no wheelchair accessible toilets. Of interest is an
Honour Board of Melbourne Cup winners and framed sketches of Australia
Rules Football identities.

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