Saturday, January 30, 2010

January 30 with PHOTOS, people! The camera purged itself, FINALLY!!!

Ivy Garden beneath Oak tree near Parliament Station.
Parliament Station - great oxymoron as barely any pollie is eye-balled using the sucker.

1803 Charles Grimes hopped off his boat at Frankston, tripped over Kananook Creek and met up with a group of 30 of local Bunurong Aboriginal People.

See? The ugly side of the city only comes out after a skinful of grog is imbibed after dark.

1856 The Wild White Man, William Buckley, who had lived with the Bunurong People for almost 32 years after escaping from the short-lived Sullivan Bay settlement near Sorrento, popped his clogs in Tassie.

Repairs to Vic Parliament House.
Wave to Brumby and pals, boys and girls!

1883 The Kalkadoon Aboriginal People, having suffered from a long period of harassment, imprisonment and deaths from the Native Police, killed Marcus de la Poer Beresford,  nephew of the Marquess of Waterford, who had become a cadet in Qld's Native Police Force only the previous year.

If you go down to the Parliament woods today....

1893 The Victoria Railway offices were completed in Spencer Street on what was originally known as She Oak Hill, the first race course in the Port Phillip Colony. By 1833 John Batman had parked his carcass there in a cottage and when he dropped off the perch in 1839 Guv Charlie La Trobe  and Police Magistrate Billy Lonsdale dealt with the colony from their office at the site.
In 1888 the 2 storey railway headquarters building was proposed to reflect the booming land riches, with the 3rd floor added in 1912 and part of the 4th floor in 1922 (remainder added in 1958). After a lull of disuse of 10 years it reopened as The Grand Hotel and Apartments.

Silhouette of St Patrick's Cathedral spires.
Or left-over vampire stakes, take your pick.

1911 Bookies were banned from all NZ racecourses, today being the final time they were allowed on to the (now former) Takapuna Racecourse.

More building works to Parliament House.
And not a builders crack in sight!

1913 W. Somerset Maugham and his lover Gerald Haxon stayed overnight in Wellington on their travels between Samoa and Tahiti.

There's an old piano and they play it hot behind the green door,
Don't know what they're doing but they laugh a lot behind the green door...
Actually, it's St Peter's Bookroom , Eastern Hill, Melb.
No jocularity present when we ventured inside...!

1923 Canadian National Railways began the merging of all railway lines, which became CN Rail, by taking over the Grand Trunk Railway.

I can haz for my portico at home, yes?
Entry to St Peter's Bookroom.

1954 The Queen and Prince Phillip waved ta-ta to the sunny climes of NZ at Bluff as they sailed off on S.S Gothic following the first tour of the Shaky Isles by a reigning monarch.
While the Kiwis were waving goodbye to the Queen this side of the ditch saw Victorians waving goodbye to the Dimboola to Rainbow passenger service.

My second home I keep in the City *plums shoved into cheeks*
St Peter's Anglican Church, Eastern Hill, tacked onto St Peter's Bookroom for some reason...

1964 The official residence of the Canadian High Commission was officially opened in Canberra by the then Aussie PM Menzies.  The building was designed by Canadian architects Mathers and Haldenby. The roof is covered in copper while Canadian timbers have been used extensively throughout.

Magnificent fire mural on side of MFB Head Station "The Legend of Fire".
Created by Harold Freedman from 1980-1981 it was officially unveiled by then Premier Lindsay Thompson in 1982. 
Lower part shows human use of fire, and energy, including (or so I'm told) a computer and phone.
Harold Freedman also gave us the wonderful History of Transport Mural located at So Cross Spencer Street Station. 

Yellow = New Zealand
Orange = Canada
Green = Australia
Red = usually British or other nationality
Anything in bold, italics and coloured blue is a link to another site with more info.

Anything outrageous is usually humour and/or sarcasm.


  1. sent you an email at your gmail address instead of bogging down your comment area with the latest from SIL

  2. "I can haz for my portico at home, yes?"

    Noh, u'll not be not having. Eyes thinking it would sit very nicely at ze highrise porch.

  3. Btw, did you see onelittledetail 's nice house picture.

  4. I say you can haz charming window if I can haz the Parliament fence. Deal? You haz portico, I haz a stinking neighbor with a damn wiemereiner that knocks our lame old dog down and jumps on cars and guests. The only redeeming value that the thing has is that he eats excrement, which saves us a lot of work.

  5. "1911 Bookies were banned from all NZ racecourses..."

    Doesn't that rather defeat the whole point of horse racing?

  6. I can haz for my portico at home, yes? I was going to fight you for it until I realized my dear son would probably never come home if it meant passing under any type of religious symbol. Fear of being tingled by lightening perhaps?

  7. Thanks, Elizabeth :)

    We could arm wrestle for it, Andrew :P
    Loved LiD photos of that house, very nice but sad ending.

    Debby, you can have Parliament House fence so long as you take the politicians that go with it :P
    They'll probably out-do your neighbour's dog in the eating stakes ;)

    LOL Elizabeth !