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Alpaca Paddock (St Kilda)

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Introduction

The Alpaca paddock was a large fenced off area in what is now known as Albert Park. The paddock appears to have extended from Fitzroy Street quite a way back into the parklands. It is difficult to place the ground within the park, but maps and newspaper articles from the 1870's hint that ground was further back from the road.

Examples of Ground Features

Historical Images

Plan Of Melbourne And Suburbs Sands N McDougall 1873 Alpaca Paddock 600thumb
Plan Of Melbourne And Suburbs Sands N McDougall 1873 Alpaca Paddock 600thumb


Map Of The Lagoon In Albert Park H. E. Ward 1871 Alpaca Paddock 600thumb
Map Of The Lagoon In Albert Park H. E. Ward 1871 Alpaca Paddock 600thumb


Google Map 2016 Alpaca Reserve 600thumb
Google Map 2016 Alpaca Reserve 600thumb



Modern Images

No Photos - Ground no longer exists




Notes on Location

A communication from the office of Lands and Survey called the attention of the council to the report made by the park-keeper Ritchie, that some of the young gentlemen of St. Kilda are in the habit of playing at football in that partion of the Albert Park enclosed for the alpacas, and requested the council to take measures to prevent a continuance of the practice.
The Age 28-Jul-1864, July 28 p6


From the Secretary of the St Kilda Football Club, asking permission to remove five or six trees in the Alpaca Park, in order that they might have more room to play in, and also to level the ground.-Referred to -the Planting Committee.
The Telegraph, St Kilda, Prahran and South Yarra Guardian 14-Feb-1874 p. 5


The great difficulty with which tile local board has had to content is that of finding a suitable site on which to erect a large school in north St. Kilda, most of the land there being private property; the reserves and park lands in Fitzroy-street it is difficult to encroach upon. At one time it was thought probable that a portion of the enclosure known as the Alpaca Paddock might have been obtained, but the officers of the municipality could not see their way clear to Cutting up the pleasure grounds of the borough.
The Telegraph, St Kilda, Prahran and South Yarra Guardian 16-Jan-1875 p. 3


Sir, — I have the honor, by direction of the hon. the Minister of Lands and Agriculture, to acknowledge the receipt of your letter of the 25th inst., in which you make application for the permanent reservation of the whole of the Fitzroy-street frontage, inclusive of the Alpaca reserve, with as much of the frontage to St. Kilda-road as will leave the cricket ground intact.
The Age 29-Jun-1875 p3


At the meeting of the St. Kilda Council on Monday evening the fact was notified that the Lands Minister had agreed" not to sell the Alpaca Reserve and the frontage lying between the Cricket-ground and Fitzroy-street
The Telegraph, St Kilda, Prahran and South Yarra Guardian 31-Jul-1875 p. 2


Among other functions undertaken .by the Prince was the planting of a tree in the bawling green, near the St. Kilda station, named then after him. What a fuss was made when the land was ceded to the club. Strong objection was made to the filching of any part of the Alpaca, Park, as this part of Albert Park was then called. By the way. can anyone tell what became of the Alpacas? 1 remember that at the time it was thought that there was a good prospect of profit from them. Perhaps it would be a good scheme now at the present price of wool. Outbursts of objection again occurred when the late J. J. Casey, at the time Minister of Lands, permitted the sale of the park frontages in St, Kilda road, and also at the time part of the Alpaca portion was again filched to make room for a public school.
The Prahran Telegraph 22-May-1920 p. 5


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