Archive for 2021

Never built ‘Parliament Square’ at the top of Bourke Street

Since Melbourne was established as a city a grand civic square has been something lacking. Many attempts have been made over the years to build one, and today’s example is the 1929 ‘Parliament Square’ proposal for the top end of Bourke Street. The proposal was included in the Plan for General Development created by the […]

Tracking down the route 82 covid tram

Last night a new exposure site was added to the Victorian Government coronavirus website – the route 82 tram from Footscray to Edgewater on 10/07/2021 between 7:51pm – 8:14pm. But which tram was involved – turns out my Tram Detective website has the answer. So what is Tram Detective? Tram Detective is a tool I […]

Building the Spencer Street Station subway – a history

Last week I went sniffing around Southern Cross Station, on the hunt for the remains of the pedestrian subway that until 2005 was the main access route through the station This week we go digging deeper into the history of Spencer Street Station, and the story behind the subway that ran beneath it. Spencer Street […]

Hunting the remains of the Spencer Street Station subway

The pedestrian subway that once ran beneath Spencer Street Station only closed in 2005, yet in that time it has become shrouded in layers of mystery. So let’s sort fact from fiction, and see what’s left of it beneath today’s Southern Cross Station. Finding the entrances The first remnant of the Spencer Street Station subway […]

Photos from ten years ago: June 2011

Another instalment in my photos from ten years ago series – this time it is June 2011. New trains Brand new X’Trapolis trains were still being built – and I found some of the body shells waiting on the wharf at Appleton Dock after being imported from Poland. Production of these trains ended a few […]