apart from other retail precincts in Melbourne, QV is a city within a city that
represents the quintessential Melbourne lifestyle. Intimate laneways in the
urban precinct give shoppers the freedom to wander and discover the eclectic
mix of shops, cafes and restaurants at their own pace. Located on the
corner of Lonsdale and Swanston Streets, QV is a great place to meet your
friends, QV has something for everyone including those with a taste for
boutiques, enlightening entertainment and cosmopolitan bars and restaurants.
Shop, have a coffee, grab a drink or sit in QV Square and take it all in!
is the redevelopment of Melbourne's historic Queen Victoria Women's Hospital
site. In March 1846 Melbourne's forefathers laid the foundation stone for
the Princes Bridge and, as part of the same ceremony, a foundation stone was
also laid at the Queen Victoria Women's Hospital (at the time named Melbourne
Hospital), making this area of great historical significance.The Queen Victoria
Women's Centre, at 210 Lonsdale Street, has remained untouched during the
construction of QV, with the precinct working around the historic building to
provide a wonderful contrast between old and new.QV's principally open-air,
pedestrian-only, laneway network provides a rich cultural link to the site's
history, with names carefully chosen to embrace the area's heritage.The QV
precinct is a block footprint of Robert Hoddle's original plan of Melbourne.
Queen Victoria Shilling Fund was established in 1897 to raise money for a
hospital. By 1899, Victorian women had contributed 63,250 shillings, which
helped to pay for a building in Little Lonsdale Street. In 1946, the
Women's Hospital moved to the QV site (then referred to as the Melbourne Hospital)
and from this time it was called the Queen Victoria Women's
Hospital. Shilling Lane commemorates this wonderful story of support for
in honour of Albert (Bert) Coates, who was a leading surgeon at The Melbourne
Hospital from 1927. Previous to this, Coates had worked as a
stretcher-bearer at Gallipoli in WW1 Coates' contribution to the medical
profession rivals that of Weary Dunlop.
in honour of the many nurses who worked at both the Melbourne and Queen
Victoria Women's Hospital. In their time, the nurses were renowned for the
distinctive red capes they wore as part of their uniform. This name is the
result of Melbourne radio station 3AW running a listener competition.
is the Greek goddess of the wilderness and of wild animals She is also the
goddess of fertility and childbirth for city dwellers
name acknowledges QV's proximity to Melbourne's Greek precinct, as well as the
site's history in providing city-based medical care for women.
in memory of Jane Bell, who was matron of the Melbourne Hospital from 1910-1934
and revolutionised training and nursing status throughout the State.
in honour of the first female registered doctor in Australia, Constance Stone,
who gained degrees in the United States and United Kingdom before returning to
her homeland to help establish the first women's hospital, staffed by
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