The Others

All of the other bits and bobs I write about.

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 […]

Confused in the skies of Sunshine

Here I go down another rabbit hole – aerial photos on the State Library of Victoria labelled ‘Sunshine’ but which I couldn’t place the location of – and for good reason! My first mystery The first series of photos is from the Harold Paynting Collection, and is captioned “Aerial views of Sunshine, Victoria (between 1950 […]

On the streets of Sunshine

The sun goes down on Sunshine. Grasslands. Cricket grounds. Smashed beer and wine bottles. Discarded nangs. Dumped shopping trolleys. Filled with rubbish. But the graffiti has a message. Fighting for a Free West Papua. A footnote on the silos The Sunshine Barley terminal was completed between 1965 and 1977, with a total capacity 64,000 tonnes […]

When nurses lived at Melbourne hospitals

The Coronavirus crisis has seen Victoria offer free hotel rooms to health workers so that they can self-isolate, and avoid spreading the virus. But what if I told you that Melbourne hospitals once had their own onsite residential faculties for nursing staff? SLV photo H2009.35/12 Self-isolation of health workers The desire of Australian health workers […]

The Coles Supermarket with no customers

Next door to East Richmond station is car park full of Coles delivery trucks. The nearest Coles supermarket is a few blocks away at the former Dimmeys store – so why are the trucks there? I found four in this row. A few more here. And over there. Outnumbering the cars! But on the other […]