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The plaque commemorates Carlo Catani, the Italian born civil engineer, who was responsible for the development of Alexandra Gardens and Alexandra Avenue. The plaque was provided by the Victoria 150th Anniversary Board.

After arriving in Australia in 1876 he joined the Department of Lands and Survey as a draftsman who was promoted in time to engineer. Catani was concerned with the widening and improvement of the River Yarra upstream from Princes Bridge, Melbourne.

Through his urging, the scope of the flood mitigation programme was greatly enlarged. Work began in August 1896 and by the winter of 1897 he began to plant elms, oaks and poplars along the left bank and the newly formed Alexandra Avenue. His river works extended upstream as far as Cremorne railway bridge, and included the road bridge at Anderson Street. The laying out and planting of the Alexandra Gardens was executed by the Public Works Department under Catani's direction.

Note : As at 11-May-2018 it has been reported to us that the plaque has disappeared.




Address:St Kilda Road, Main Yarra Trail, Alexandra Gardens , Melbourne, 3000
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -37.820522
Long: 144.974156
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Plaque
Monument Theme:People
Sub-Theme:Government - Colonial


Approx. Monument Dedication Date:1984 or 1985
Front Inscription

Victoria 150

In memory of Carlo Catani (1852 - 1918) 

Italian born civil engineer, who superintended the development of the Yarra River banks upstream from Prince`s Bridge, and the formation of Alexandra Avenue and the Alexandra Gardens.

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