Earlier this year Nathaniel Jeffery developed http://1945.melbourne/, a website where you can see what Melbourne looked like 70 years ago and compare it with the Melbourne we all love today. Using aerial images created by the former Department of Crown Lands and Survey in 1945 just after the conclusion of the Second World War, he has been able to create this website.
If you're interested in finding out what your suburb used to look like, or like me if you want to know if your suburb even existed (mine didn't) you can visit his website.
If you want to get even more in-depth and view the maps as individual images you can visit the Department of Environment, Land, Water & Planning who have put up the maps online and free to download. just select what area you wish to view then click on the scale that your suburb was taken in and select the area you wish to view.
To view the sliding map of Melbourne and Victoria from 1945 and 2015 visit:
To view and download maps of Melbourne and Victoria from the Department of Environment, Land, Water & Planning visit:
Below are maps of Moonee Valley taken in 1945. As you can see the area wasn't developed until much later in the Century.
Map 1 Avondale Heights
Map 2 Essendon Airport, Airport West and Strathmore
Map 3 Moonee Ponds and Essendon
Map 4 Flemington and Footscray.
Images courtesy of Department of Environment, Land, Water & Planning