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MELBOURNE AND ITS ENVIRONS IN 1855.
Two National Schools, at the east end of Lonsdale-street, are fine buildings; and the Hospital, recently enlarged, is also an extensive structure. Near the Exhibition Building is a massive range, comprising the Government offices and Courts of Law, close to which is the Electric Telegraph office and Time Ball Tower. In Bourke-street, to the left, is St. Patrick's Hall, not yet completed, where the Legislative Assembly and Council meet. Almost every Christian religious denomination possesses several places of worship, to nearly all of which are attached excellent schools. The Roman Catholic Cathedral, dedicated to St Frances, in Elizabeth-street, is the largest The Anglo-Episcopalian Cathedral of St. James, in Collins-street, is simply a parish church in architectural beauty, whilst the Church of St Paul's, in Swanston-street, and St Mark's, in Collingwood, are both grand and imposing, more particularly the latter. An University, of noble design and considerable extent, is nearly completed, on a commanding site, in North Melbourne. On a Government reserve, in Swanston-street, has been lately completed a magnificent building of white sandstone, as a Public Library and National Gallery, near to which is the site for a new Government House, now commenced, and, judging from the approved plan, it will, without doubt, be the finest building in the south. There are some very fine large hotels in Melbourne, fitted up with every regard to luxury and comfort. In the centre of Collins-street is also