Old photos from May 2006

Another in my series of photos from ten years ago.

The Nicholas Building in Swanston Street. Glorious, and fortunately (unlike some of its neighbours) not to be demolished for the metro rail tunnel.
Nicholas Building, Melbourne

The T&G building on Collins Street. Apparently T&G stood for Temperance And General, an insurance company that amalgamated with National Mutual in 1983. I seem to recall a similar (but smaller) T&G building in Hobart; presumably they are all over Australia.
T&G building, Collins Street, Melbourne (May 2006)

Flinders Lane, with Ross House (home to the PTUA and numerous other community organisations) in the foreground. These are also safe from the rail tunnel.
Flinders Lane, Ross House in the foreground (May 2006)

Richmond station. A Connex train passes; with one of the new (introduced for the Commonwealth Games) plastic rubbish bins in the foreground.
Connex train and plastic rubbish bin at Richmond Station (May 2006)

South Yarra station. I must have been trying to highlight the different bins in use. Since replaced (at every station) with plastic wheely bins.
South Yarra station (May 2006)

Also at South Yarra, the almost unfettered view to my old stomping ground, Melbourne High School. The whole area is now heavily developed, with skyscrapers surrounding the station.
Melbourne High School, seen from South Yarra Station (May 2006)

Here’s how the area looks as of 2014 (pic from Google Streetview). I don’t mind that, though I’m less pleased that behind the school is a glass metal monolith, spoiling the vista (below).
Yarra Street, South Yarra (from Google Streetview)
Melbourne High School (January 2015)

Flat Stanley at Flinders Street Station. This was for a friend in the USA. For more of Flat Stanley’s visit to Melbourne, check this post.
Flat Stanley outside Flinders Street Station, Melbourne

Old photos from April 2006

Another in my series of old photos from ten years ago

One night while driving across town I decided to snap some pictures around the docks. It was only after I stopped the car and took a few photos that I realised how dodgy it probably looked.
Swanston Dock, April 2006

A panoramic view along Spencer Street, outside Southern Cross Station. Note the lack of Media House on the left. And the whole area seems quieter back then that it is now.

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A panoramic view along platform 2, inside Southern Cross Station.

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Mucking about on a huge pile of tanbark at a local park.
King of the tanbark!

Around this time I did a few timelapses around the house. Here I am constructing an IKEA Gorm shelf unit. These are tough but ugly. Initially it went into the (small) spare room, until the spare room became a bedroom. It lives on in my laundry.
Building an Ikea Gorm
(Animation made using GIFmaker)

Ten years ago: the Games

Ten years ago this month Melbourne was in the grip of the Commonwealth Games.

As I noted at the time, it was a good excuse to Blame The Games for any delay or anything else going wrong. (Including crowded trains.)

Blame the Games

But it was also a lot of fun. These photos are from the baton relay as it went down my mum’s street.
Commonwealth Games Baton Relay, Melbourne, March 2006
Commonwealth Games baton relay

Here’s a short video… note the lack of lots of bystanders holding up phones, taking photos/video. Ah, those were the days, pre-smartphone. (Mobile phones did have cameras, but they weren’t very good.)

These are from our day at the athletics.
Commonwealth Games Melbourne, March 2006
Commonwealth Games Melbourne, March 2006

Crowds at Richmond Station on the way home — an enlightened policy of no car parking at venues, and public transport included in Games tickets, as well as extra services, meant things actually flowed pretty well. Plus everyone seemed to be in a good mood.
Commonwealth Games Melbourne, March 2006

To get official vehicles around quickly, they had “Games Lanes”. See, it is possible to provide on-road priority… now, why can’t we do more for trams and buses?
Commonwealth Games "Games Lane" Melbourne, March 2006

Finally, a non-Games photo: I must have found this old pre-privatisation (1999) map at a station somewhere. Looks like it might have been South Yarra.
Met rail map, outdated but still on display, 2006

Old photos from February 2006

Continuing my series of ten year old photos: February 2006.

(As usual, you can click through any of them to view them on Flickr, where you can see each photo at a larger size.)

Kangaroos near Seymour, snapped on a break during a PTUA Planning Weekend; they used to regularly happen up there. (Originally posted here)
Near Seymour, February 2006

Walking Maisie the dog at Altona Beach. Maisie is getting a little elderly now, and doesn’t go to the beach anymore. I’m betting the skyline has changed just a bit.
Altona Beach, February 2006
Altona Beach, February 2006

The scourge of the Altona Loop: the single track. This hasn’t changed, but the adjoining Werribee line has got much busier, leading to a greater likelihood of trains skipping the Altona Loop so the single track doesn’t cause small delays to cascade into bigger ones.
Altona Beach, February 2006

Collins Street and Russell Street, not too long after the tram stop there closed. Trams still have to stop for the traffic lights of course.
Collins Street, February 2006

Collins Street outside the then-Australia On Collins building, currently being redeveloped. Back then fire fighters rarely took take any care not to block trams. These days they seem to have some protocols in place to try and avoid it.
Collins Street, February 2006

My childhood home in Hotham Street, St Kilda — for a blog entry posted in March 2006. It’s remarkable how little it’s changed, at least from the outside. The garages out the back certainly hadn’t changed. Nor, I suspect, had the brown flats in the background.
Hotham Street, East St Kilda, February 2006
Hotham Street, East St Kilda, February 2006

Old photos from January 2006

Continuing my series of posts of ten year old photos

New Year’s Eve 2005/06 was the second year of all-night trains, and I sampled them for myself.

Flinders Street station at about 1am was pretty busy. Still some crowds outside, very much a party atmosphere as I recall. The platforms and trains were pretty packed, but moving well. The smaller photos are from some video I shot. The last (bottom-right) photo is after getting off the train at Footscray.
Flinders Street Station, approx 1am 1/1/2006

New Years Eve trains, approx 1am, 1/1/2006

At Footscray, people were waiting for the 82 tram, which wasn’t running all night. This seems to happen every year. Perhaps they ought to simply run every tram route all night on NYE?

The redevelopment of Spencer Street/Southern Cross Station was nearing completion, but wasn’t quite finished yet. The renaming (throwing away 146 years of brand recognition) had taken place in December 2005. No sign of The Age building, which was built some years later.

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Inside the station. Note the temporary V/Line destination displays.
Spencer Street/Southern Cross station, January 2006

Spencer Street/Southern Cross station, January 2006

Mid-January, Sorrento Beach

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Mural marking former site of South Melbourne tram depot
Site of old South Melbourne depot, January 2006

Old desk, old computers at home. I think this was snapped for listing the desk on eBay.
Computers, January 2006

In 2006, some signage at loop stations still indicated trains to Mornington (closed in 1981) and suburban trains to Warragul (electric trains last ran there in 1998)
Map at Parliament station, January 2006

Melbourne’s landmark Nylex clock had been restored in 2005, but had failed again by early 2006.
Nylex sign not working, January 2006

Chaos at work as someone violated fridge etiquette
Work fridge anarchy, January 2006

Eureka Tower under construction. It was completed in June 2006.
Eureka Tower under construction, January 2006