Village Belle Walk notes

View north up Acland Street from Barkly Street, 1944 View north up Acland Street from Barkly Street, 1944 SLV image H32492/1944

This walk covers the triangle of roads between Barkly, Carlisle, & Acland Streets. It commences at the Village Belle Hotel then north along Barkly Street, left into Carlisle Street, left into Albert Street, and left into Acland. An alternative last leg is to go right instead of left at Acland Street and then on to the Esplanade ending outside the Palais Theatre.

The following notes give a timeline for each point of interest along the route. Download here.

Alternative ending: 

1906  Nov 2, Dreamland amusemant Park opens but fails within one year.
1911  May, The Greater J D (James Dixon) Williams Amusement Co. applies to lease site for a Coney Island style Steeplechase Park
1912  Dec 13, Luna Park opens.
1913  J D Williams returns to America. Herman, Harold and Leon Phillips become managers.
1916  Closes for war
1923  Reopens.


1907  Jan 26, Robson’s Figure Eight rollercoaster opens
1913  Dec 28, new Palais de Danse opens, replacing Figure Eight
1915  Sep 20, renamed Palais de Danse Pictures
1920  New Palais Pictures Pictures opened, designed by Nahum Barnet (1855-1931) architect.
1925  Sep 12, Burley Griffin architect calls tenders for new facade and interior alterations
1926  Feb 10, cinema destroyed by fire
1927  Nov 11, New Palais Pictures opens, designed by Henry Eli White (1872-1952) architect
1945  Sep 17, renamed Palais Theatre 

The St Kilda Historical Society respectfully acknowledges:

Yalukut Weelam clan

The traditional lands of the Yalukut Weelam clan and the continuing relationship of the Boon Worrung people to our local area

City of Port Phillip

The continuing support of the City of Port Phillip


The contribution made by past and present volunteers

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