Archive for 2020

On the trail of ‘Cooinda “75” Beauty Street’

While walking the streets of Sunshine I found something odd – a sign reading ‘Cooinda “75” Beauty Street’. So what was this 45 year old sign for? Alice Street wasn’t the only one – I found another on Parsons Street. And a third on Palmer Street. On the hunt Trove wasn’t much help – the […]

Another Tullamarine Freeway then and now

The Tullamarine Freeway is the main road link between Melbourne Airport and the rest of the city, with the first 7.2 kilometres (4.5 mile) stage opened to traffic in 1968 as the ‘Tullamarine Freeway By-pass Road’. Country Roads Board annual report 1968-69 Early years A bridge taking inbound traffic from the airport over outbound traffic […]

Another Sunshine street name saga

After my adventure into the history of ‘Graham Street South’ in Sunshine, I ended up following another rabbit hole – the streets cut in half by the railway. Charles Daniel Photograph, SLV H2016.33/102 Early years The first white settlement near Sunshine was the village of Braybrook, established on the banks of the Maribyrnong River in […]

Photographing the same bus, different place

When you take as many photos as I do, lots of strange things start to happen – like accidentally photographing the same bus twice on the same day. But having that happen with two different buses on the same day – what are the odds? I photographed Transdev bus #369 0369AO departing Footscray station on […]

Finding ‘Graham Street South’ in Sunshine

Many roads across Melbourne are subject to load limits, to prevent heavy trucks from passing through residential areas. But when I went for a wander around the streets of Sunshine I found a curious sign, referencing a street that doesn’t exist So what’s the story behind ‘Graham Street South’? Hot on the trail A check […]