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'Going up' Melbourne's Hydraulic Lifts

Lifts enabled buildings to rise above the usual four or five storeys.

In 1887, Melbourne became the fourth city in the world to build a centralised pumping station near Victoria Dock to power hydraulic lifts. Pressurised water flowed to city buildings via a network of eleven kilometres of pipes.

Later lifts were powered by electricity.

Lift floor indicator
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Lift operating mechanism
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