The Others

All of the other bits and bobs I write about.

The revolving door of political advertising

The 2022 Federal Election blanketed Australia in advertising, but the strangest example I found was out in the back streets of Melbourne’s western suburbs, attached to the back of a motor scooter. ‘Vote 1’ signs for Monique Ryan, an independent candidate looking to unseat treasurer Josh Frydenberg in Kooyong, an electorate 30 kilometres away in […]

Melbourne’s other shot towers

A shot tower is a tall structure where molten lead is dropped from in order to create tiny spherical balls, and when Melbournians think of them, the one under the glass cone in the middle of the Melbourne Central shopping centre immediately comes to mind. However that isn’t the only one, or two, in Melbourne […]

Forgotten local government areas of Victoria

If you’ve lived in Melbourne for a while you’ll know that the city is divided up into a number of local government areas, each responsible for community facilities such as libraries and parks, maintenance of local roads, town planning and development approvals, and local services such as waste disposal. However until 1994 Victoria’s regional cities […]

A road trip across the Pleurisy Plains

Station building still hanging on for now

Where the hell is Truganina?

Truganina has been in the news a lot lately thanks to a series of coronavirus outbreaks, but there is something else notable about the suburb – it’s arguably the largest and most confusing suburb in all of Melbourne. The confusion starts In June 2021 a BP service station on the Western Freeway was reported as […]