William Street facing north from Flinders Street
|Length||2.1 km (1.3 mi)|
|North end||Dudley Street|
|South end||Queensbridge Street|
|Suburb(s)||Melbourne CBD, West Melbourne|
William Street is a major street in the central business district of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. It runs roughly north–south from Flinders Street to Victoria Street, and was laid out in 1837 as part of the original Hoddle Grid. The street is located in-between King Street and Queen Street.
Notable landmarks on William Street include the Queen Victoria Market, the Flagstaff Gardens, Immigration Museum, Supreme Court of Victoria, AMP Square, Australian Club and 140 William Street (formerly BHP House).
2007 shooting incident
On 18 June 2007, a shooting incident occurred on the corner of Flinders Lane and William Street when an unknown man shot and killed a pedestrian and wounded two others. Christopher Hudson later pleaded guilty to the shootings.
2017 car attack
On 20 January 2017, a car was driven into pedestrians in the CBD of Melbourne, killing 5 and injuring over 20. The driver was stopped when police shot him in the arm and subsequently pulled him from his vehicle on William Street (at the corner of Bourke Street).
- 140 William Street (former BHP House)
- Australian Club Building
- Court of Appeal
- Goldsborough Mort Building
- Hume House
- Prometheus Mural in Monash House
- Queensland Building
- Royal Melbourne Mint (former)
- Royal Standard Hotel
- Scottish House
- Shell Corner (former)
- Supreme Court of Victoria
- Western House
Law Courts precinct
William Street's junction with Lonsdale Street forms the legal precinct of Melbourne. This junction is the location of the Supreme Court of Victoria, Melbourne Magistrates' Court and County Court. The Federal Court building, housing the High Court and other Federal courts, is located one block further north on the corner of William Street and La Trobe Street.
- One dead as police hunt Melbourne gunman. 18 June 2007. ABC News Online
- Hudson pleads guilty over Melbourne shootings – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
- Lillebuen, Steve (22 January 2017). "Bourke Street: Melbourne mourns as baby boy dies, taking death toll to five". The Age. Retrieved 25 January 2017.
- "What we know about Bourke St fatalities". Retrieved 25 January 2017.
- for LegalPrecinct.pdf Modern Future for Victoria's Historic Legal Precinct – Victorian Bar