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Old September 7th, 2007, 02:53 PM   #1
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Gappa's gambols. A monster in Melbourne

In the tradition of (and inspired by) Taller, Better and his amazing Toronto photo thread, and all the other amazing photo threads on this site - I proudly present my own thread of the beautiful city of Melbourne, Australia. Although I am not the most proficient or prolific photographer of this lovely burg, I hope my meager offerings go someway to showcasing it's many wonders. If you'd like to see more I direct you towards Alibaba's Melbourne - Photos Compilation, and the random photo of the day thread found in the Ozscrapers Victoria subforum.

Now without further ado here are some pics I captured on the fifth of September. I started off on Exhibition St where the Comedy Theatre stands:

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Then prattled down Little Bourke St in Chinatown, the oldest continuous Chinatown in the world, if a little sterile these days:

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This facade was designed by none other than Walter Burley Griffin.
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I then ascended to the sixth level of the carpark on the corner of Russell and Little Bourke Sts and took a few photos from a different vantage point:

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This is looking south down Russell.
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And here you can spy the three new Southbank towers.
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This is looking to the west and the financial district.
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And this one is looking north west.
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This is where the next Melbourne meet will be taking place.
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I then wandered over to Little Collins St, taking a photo of this on my way:

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Went for the porn look with this one.
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And the zipper look with this one.
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I wasn't the only one out taking photos.
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I then finished up on Swanston St, in the euphemistically termed city square:

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More to come!
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Old September 7th, 2007, 04:13 PM   #2
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As promised here's some more.

Last week I had time to go for a stroll around my local area, Auburn. It has some of the best preserved Victorian street fronts in Melbourne, not to mention residential architecture. Please sit back and relax as you tour some of this great neighbourhood.

This is something you don't often see - terraces side on to the street:
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I doubt the initial resident of this house would approve of the Buhddist prayer flags, but you never know:
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Beautiful row of three terraces on Auburn Rd. I really love these:
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Nestled nextdoor to them is this grand old Victorian house:
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And on the opposite corner this Tudorish one. It's for sale if you're interested (and rich):
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Now down in the heart of Auburn we find the old Murphy Bothers grain store; still selling grain today for your hamster, or budgie:
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Here you can see the beautifully retained shop fronts on the east side of Auburn Rd:
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The west side is even better:
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Just down the road is the Auburn Hotel, now the Geebung Polo Club. Don't go to this pub - you have been warned:
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Nearby is this quaint little semi-detatched cottage:
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And over the road the imposing train station:
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Not everything in Auburn was built 100 years ago; these student boxes are hidden behind the shops:
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It's nice to see that the minister doesn't mind nature imposing on the light for his stainglass windows:
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This one used to be a cafe:
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And this one's just amazing:
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This church likes to creep it's spire into skyline shots:
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You'll be looking a long time to find a more quintessential Australian cottage:
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Peekaboo, I see you:
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This church is now occupied by some sort of architecture/building firm. I think this is a church alot of us would worship at:
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And finally down the road at Glenferrie, where the old post office still stands proud:
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Even though not in it's original modus operandi:
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And the town hall soars it's civic pride skyways:
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Old September 8th, 2007, 03:43 AM   #3
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Melbourne eastern suburb - a true old moneys precinct
Lovely streets and leafy residential areas - comfortable homes and of course those terrace houses and shops are just legacy of Melbourne gold rush past -

Auburn and surrounding - are just ideal places to live and grow up

beautiful selections Gappa - just loevely
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Old September 8th, 2007, 03:57 AM   #4
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Awesome shots, gappa! Melbourne is fantastic.
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Old September 9th, 2007, 04:42 PM   #5
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These following shots were taking by me in early winter/late autumn (may/june here in the southern hemisphere). They go some way to showing how Melbourne gets the tag 'Bleak City'. Personally I love this moniker and the bleakness itself - there's nothing quite like sitting in a cafe sipping on a latte and watching the umbrellas parade by, and the rain tumble down.

Oh yes and sorry about the bandwidth. For future photos I'll take the quality down a few notches.

Edit: Have removed photos to give this page some room to breathe. Will post them at a latter date. Till then check out the original thread here: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=470406

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Old September 9th, 2007, 05:39 PM   #6
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neat! i lurve melb and i like that you show not only the downtown, but also some suburban areas, like auburn!
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Old September 10th, 2007, 03:16 PM   #7
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Thanks for the comments guys. Should be going to Richmond this week, so expect some more 'non-cbd' shots soon.
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Old September 10th, 2007, 06:39 PM   #8
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Hey Gappa, what an amazing thread! I am honoured that you mentioned my thread! Melbourne is my favourite city in Australia, and so much of it reminds me of Toronto. I must visit it some day!
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Old September 11th, 2007, 12:33 AM   #9
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Old September 13th, 2007, 04:34 AM   #10
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Victoria St.

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Now for something completely different - Victoria St! Victoria St is located east of Melbourne's CBD inbetween the suburbs of Richmond and Abottsford, which themselves are part of the local government area of The City of Yarra. It is an interesting and vibrant stretch of road that is beginning to see much new apartment, office and retail development - especially to the east. To the west (closer to the city) Victoria St is home to Melbourne's largest Vietnamese enclave. The entire street from Church St west to Punt
Rd/Hoodle St is comprised of Asian Groceries, Vietnamese restaraunts, butchers, fishmongers, video stores and imigration lawyers.

Early in my heady University days I spent a lot of time in Victoria St as my friends lived right on it, and there was lots of cheap eats to be had. I can assure you it's a fun place to visit for a taste of something a little skewif from Melbourne's staid Victorian character.

Now let's go!

We start off in the tram from Melbourne's leafy eastern suburbs. Our destination, Victoria St!
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Alighting from the tram we look out over the Yarra river to Richmond. Here is where the street begins, excitment awaits ahead.
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The first thing we come across is a new office building and next to it a new shopping centre. Guess which store takes up a great deal of space inside.
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However not everything on this section of Victoria St is transplanted American (and Swedish) suburbia. This litte cottagey thing has survived.
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And also just down a little further stands this beautiful old art deco factory, now converted to apartments and offices. Sitting proudly on top is the Melbourne icon of the skipping girl - whose neon skipping has delighted Melburnians for decades. Hasn't stopped some from calling her vinegar tits though.
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Continuing west we spy the Terminus hotel, or the 'Termi' to it's regulars. One of Melbournes great watering holes, I recommend going on Tuesday nights for cheap steak or Wednesday for Mrs Smith's trivia (also on Tuesdays at the Great Britain hotel). Also the upstairs is great to book out for parties, and the beer garden does alright in summer. If you see Collin behind the bar tell him Paz sent you.
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Nearby we see the first hint of Victoria St's Asian character.
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Obviously money doesn't denote taste.
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Unless you use it to buy one of these of course.
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And if you have none at all, you can go here.
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All of this walking is making you thirsty, and since the Termi is still closed you dash in to The Hungry Bear for an Iced coffee Big M - Yum!
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Then pop down the side street into Abottsford to check out this old school house.
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Back on the main drag window washing is afoot.
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And many elder balding gentlemen frequent this sweets store. Don't take your kids here for some treats - at least not until they're eighteen!
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And just up a bit past some shops is the Nash. Not up to the Terminus's standards, but alright for a quite one.
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These two seem to point to a new direction for Victoria St in the future.
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While these have one foot firmly in the past.
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It's a little known fact that Genghis (pronounced Chenghis in Mongolia) Khan visited Melbourne to house his treasures.
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He could have had some skin therapy while he was here. That steppe dust can play havoc with your pores!
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Pretty self explainatory. A relic of a past almost lost to Victoria St.
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Now we come to Church street, so let's take a little detour north, past some terraces to...
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The Carlton and United Brewery! Yes Abottsford is home to Australia's, and one of the worlds largest breweries - these are the guys who make Fosters for all of you internationals. They also brew Australia's most popular beer, VB amongst a host of others. This building is huge, stretching three blocks back east, and it's stack is the dominant feature of the local skyline. Maybe you can spot it in some of the photos?
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Now we head back down south to the corner of Victoria and Church St's. Here looking south we can see, from left to right: Hunchbax - most likely the worlds greatest cultural institution. Oh alright, a very bad theatre restaraunt. A beautiful old W-class tram, and a housing commision block of flats. Gotta love that 60's architecture!
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We now cross over into the 'Little Saigon' part of Victoria St. I think I'll let the pictures do the talking.
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By this stage you're feeling a little hungry, what with all the roast ducks hanging in restaraunt windows and beautifully displayed vegetables - so it's up to Thy Thy for an early lunch of a six dollar bowel of pho and a squis at the amazing interiors.
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Then it's back out on to the street to finish your little tour. Not far to go now.
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This 'Did U Eat' shop used to be open 24hours selling pakilakis, the poor cousin to the souvlaki. Great when returning to your friends house drunk and with the munchies - you could also buy a loaf of freshly baked bread from one of the many bakeries preparing the following days merchandise.
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And now we come to the very end of Victoria St. It loses a bit of it's Vietnamese flavour for the last block before Punt Rd/Hoodle St. Still interesting though.
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As we leave the Holden blimp or 'Holdenburg' buzzes over head, vainly trying to sell rebadged Japanese sedans.
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And across the busy stretch of Punt Rd/ Hoddle St lies the regal expanse of Victoria Parade - where our quaint little suburban shopping strip dons it's finary and shows itself off to the towers of the CBD and the toffs of East Melbourne.
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But Victoria St still lurks beneath it's surface!
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Victoria st Richmond is Saigon of the southern hemisphere...


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Old September 13th, 2007, 06:24 PM   #12
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Great shots, Gappa. Really enjoyed those!
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Great shots Gappa. I was offered a position down in Melbourne. Never in a millions years would I think of moving out of Brisbane, but its an attractive offer, in one hell of an attractive city.
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Hmmm these certainly do dissapear to the back pages quickly don't they. So many good photo threads to compete with!

I'm a little reluctent to post more photos on this page as there's already a whole heap to overload your bandwidth with - still a man's got to do what a man's got to do.

These are a few randoms from the same day as the Victoria St post.

This is Melbourne's premier street, Collins St looking east from the steps of the old treasury building. Businesses will pay quite a bit to get a Collins St address.
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This shot is again from the steps of the old treasury building, this time looking up at the Collins Place towers. These two are ugly as sin but there is a great cinema in the podium and the toilet on the 35th floor of the closer tower has excellent views out over the city while you pee!
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I like this one, very Melbourne.
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These following shots are from Melbourne's Fitzroy gardens, which border the city to the east. It's my favourite park in Melbourne (except for maybe Endinburgh gardens), a great place for a picnic or to kick the footy.
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And a few to finish off highlighting the architectural diversity of the inner (inner) suburb of East Melbourne. There's so many beautiful dwellings in this suburb they deserve a post of their own, so keep tuned.

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This one's an old church converted to apartments.
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Finally - gr8 pics of Melbourne and at street level. Thanks I love this pic (building) ...

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Another great set.
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good work gappa! vic street looks quite gritty, but i guess that adds to the charm of it! and fitzroy gardesn looks like a really nice place to just kick back a nd relazz in, it looks almost tropical!

i'm looking for ward for the post with the dwellings! i really like these bluestone houses if that is what they are called? http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1279/...6614f22e_b.jpg
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I am addicted to this thread.... it is like having a little guided tour through this amazing city of Melbourne! Keep those pictures flowing!!
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Thanks for the comments guys! Wolkenkrabber - that building is 157 Hotham St reputably designed by the great Victorian era architect, Joseph Reed. A residence constructed in the Rustic Gothic style it was completed in 1861, and is indeed made of bluestone
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Here's just a few I took on Wednesday night as I hurried to catch my train after Russian class. Couldn't resist taking a few snaps of this Melbourne institution - virtually unchanged for nearly one hundred years, it's hats off to the old fashioned service at City Hatters:

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Oops, how'd that one sneak in?

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