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 route 216 to the city at 8:39am.

Transdev bus #369 0369AO on route 216 at Footscray station

I board a train towards work.

Life extension EDI Comeng 405M arrives into Footscray on a up Sunbury service

And spot it again at the corner of Lonsdale and William Street at 9:06am.

Transdev bus #369 0369AO heads east on route 216 at Lonsdale and William Street

I head out to inspect the Metro Tunnel works at South Yarra, and photographed Ventura bus #1034 5396AO on an all stations rail replacement service at 1:38pm.

Ventura bus #1034 5396AO arrives at South Yarra station on an all stations run from Caulfield

I board the next train towards the city.

Siemens 732M arrives into South Yarra on an up Sandringham service

And spot the same bus passing beneath Richmond station at 1:47pm.

Ventura bus #1034 5396AO departs Richmond on an all stations run from Caulfield

None of which was planned – that’d be cheating.

So you want to be a bus spotter?

Ready to go down the bus spotting rabbithole – the Australian Bus Fleet Lists details the fleet and registration numbers on virtually every bus in Australia.

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’?

'5 tonne load limit beyond Graham Street South' sign on Wright Street

Hot on the trail

A check of the current Melway edition shows a ‘Graham Street’ in Sunshine, parallel to Anderson Road between Sun Crescent and Derby Road.


Melway map 40, 2020

But checking the Land Victoria database wasn’t much help – no ‘Graham Street South’.


Land Victoria 2018

But it was Melway Edition 1 that gave me the answer – Graham Street once continued south past Sunshine High School all the way to Wright Street, on what is now called Anderson Road.


Melway Edition 1, 1966

On the ground, the connection no longer exists.

Dead end on Graham Street where it once connected to Anderson Road as Graham Street South

Hitting a dead end.

Dead end on Graham Street where it once connected to Anderson Road as Graham Street South

A nursing home built on the site.

'Western Gardens' nursing home at 40 Anderson Road, built on the site of Graham Street South and the Sunshine Technical College

But a nearby street sign on Anderson Road proclaims ‘Formerly Graham Street South’.

'Formerly Graham Street South' on Anderson Road near the Wright Street intersection

Bingo.

So why a kink in the road?

Kororoit Creek runs parallel to today’s Anderson Road.

Banks of Kororoit Creek beside Anderson Road in Sunshine

An advertisement for the 1890s ‘Post Office Estate’ land subdivision shows the planned road network in the area – Anderson Road running parallel to ‘Anderson Street’ south of Derby Road.


From History of School 3113 Sunshine

And this 1939 Melbourne and Metropolitan Board of Works plan showing what was actually built – ‘Anderson Street’ connecting to Wright Street at the southern end.


1937 MMBW plan

With the south end of Anderson Road being today’s Ardoyne Street, disconnected from the northern half thanks to Kororoit Creek.


1937 MMBW plan

But the northern end of Anderson Street was never built – this 1945 aerial photo shows a kink in the road connecting it to Graham Street.


Victorian Department of Lands and Survey imagery

As does this undated plan.


Undated MMBW plan

What happened to the connection

My starting point was The University of Melbourne, who have digitised every Melway edition from 1966 to 1999. Edition 5, 1971 features the original kinked road connecting to Graham Street.


Melway Edition 5, 1971

While edition 7, 1974 has the current day direct link.


Melway Edition 7, 1974

The land at the south end of Graham Street was part of the Sunshine Technical School, established in 1913. In 1991 it was merged with five other secondary schools to form Sunshine College.

Sunshine College senior campus looks over empty land on Anderson Road

However a separate trades building was located at the corner of Morris Street and Anderson Road. Teaching trades such as radio, automotive and panelbeating; this part of the technical school became part of the Footscray College of TAFE in 1987, which became the Western Metropolitan College of TAFE in 1991.


Google Earth, March 2001

In 1999 the Department of Education engaged Sinclair Knight Merz to complete a site contamination assessment, and the TAFE campus and remnant roadway was consolidated onto a single title.


Plan of Consolidation, 40 Anderson Road

In April 2001 the land was sold for $1,673,000 to Blue Cross Community Care, who cleared the closed TAFE campus buildings.


Google Earth, April 2002

And built a nursing home on the site.


Google Earth, November 2003

Which occupies the site today.

'Western Gardens' nursing home at 40 Anderson Road, built on the site of Graham Street South and the Sunshine Technical College

And what about the ‘Graham Street South’ name?

Diving back into subdivision plans, I finally got a lead.


Plan LP2694, sheet 2

The list of modifications states that the street name was amended to Anderson Road in a Government Gazette.


Plan LP2694, list of modifications

Thankfully they are available online – Victorian Government Gazette G36 8 September 8 1994, page 2406

City of Sunshine
Change of Street Name

Notice is hereby given that pursuant to section 206 and Clause S of Schedule 10 of the Local Government Act 1989, Council on 16 August 1994, resolved that Graham Street South, Sunshine, be renamed Anderson Road.

So it took 20 years after the Anderson Road realignment for the name to be changed, and 25 years on signs still bear the old name.

A loose end

What happened to the initial ‘Anderson Street’ name? Some digging around on Trove found the answer to that question, in the 4 August 1939 edition of the Sunshine Advocate.

Shire of Braybrook

Notice is hereby given that the Council of the Shire of Braybrook in pursuance of the powers conferred by the Local Government Act 1928 did at a meeting of the Council held the 24/7/1939 order that the street running north and south to Wright Street to Morris Street and connecting with Graham Street, known as Anderson Street, be renamed Graham Street South.

E. Hargraves
Shire Secretary

Quite the history of names – Anderson Street to Graham Street South, then back to Anderson Road.

Footnote: Flynn Place

For some reason Google Maps calls the stub of Graham Street South leading into the nursing home ‘Flynn Place’.

I can’t find any official reference to the name in the Land Victoria database, but Reverend John Flynn, founder of the Royal Flying Doctor Service, grew up in Sunshine – is this street a tribute to him, or just another mapping error?

Why is a tram like a banana?

Why is a tram like a banana? Because they come in a bunch! ba dum tsh

Z3.208 northbound at Swanston and Bourke Streets

So why do trams supposedly timetabled an even distance apart end up running up against each other?

E class trams southbound on route 11 crawls along in traffic on Brunswick Street

The usual cause is the tram in front getting a bad run, which results in it getting progressively more delayed as passengers try to cram on board, while the tram behind makes up time because nobody is waiting for it.

D2.5007 leads a trio of northbound route 19 trams stuck in traffic on Sydney Road, Coburg

Melbourne’s route 58 commonly suffers from trams getting bunched up, which was flagged a few years ago as a reason behind the route being one of the most overcrowded in Melbourne.

However, tram load breaches are caused more by tram reliability than tram capacity, according to Tony Morton, the Public Transport Users Association president.

“Route 55 trams are meant to be running about every four minutes in morning peak and there are on a regular basis delays of up to 10 minutes between trams,” Dr Morton said.

“So the tram that comes after 10 minutes has more than twice as many people on it as there would be if the tram route was able to operate according to a schedule.”

Seeing a pair of route 58 trams following themselves down William Street is a common sight in morning peak.

Pair of route 55 trams chase each other south along William Street: Z3.151 behind Z3.207

But sometimes you’ll have a 15 minute gap.

Tram bunching on route 58 following a disruption

As the crowds of waiting passengers grow.

Crowd of waiting southbound route 58 passengers at William and Bourke Street

Time continues ticking.

Next southbound route 58 trams: 4, 5 and 6 minutes away

Until three of them appear at once.

Why are trams like a banana? Because they come in bunches!

Great.

Footnote

This animation from the New York MTA shows how a single delayed train can cause delays throughout an entire subway line.

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!

Railway junction at Sunshine

My first mystery

The first series of photos is from the Harold Paynting Collection, and is captioned “Aerial views of Sunshine, Victoria (between 1950 and 1960)“.

We see industry beside empty grasslands.


SLV photo H2009.95/45

A pair of gasometers.

Nissen Huts.

A creek meandering past creeping suburbia – Kororoit Creek?


SLV photo H2009.95/46

Houses as far as the eye can see.


SLV photo H2009.95/47

The buildings of the CBD in the distance.

Possibly a new Housing Commission of Victoria estate?

And a kinked dual carriageway road, located beside what looks like a racetrack.

There are enough clues there to suggest Sunshine, but things didn’t quite fit…

  • The Housing Commission estate at Maidstone is nowhere near Kororoit Creek,
  • The White City greyhound track was beside a railway,
  • I can’t remember any gasworks being in the area,
  • And none of the dual carriageway roads around around Sunshine have a kink in them – they all run dead straight.

I then turned my mind to the northern suburbs, and finally found a match – Preston!

The waterway is Darebin Creek.

Albert Street has a kink in it, next to T.W. Blake Park and the Housing Commission estate in Reservoir.

And the gasometer and Nissen huts – they were located next to what is now Northland Shopping Centre.

And another mystery

This time we have a Wolfgang Sievers photo, captioned “Myer Storage, Sunshine, Vic.” and dated 1963.


SLV photo H2003.100/592

It’s definitely Myers.

That steep hill is probably the Maribyrnong River valley.

But what is this strange looking compound?

I know – Jack’s Magazine in Footscray, next door to what is now the Edgewater Estate.

Built on the site of the Defence Explosive Factory Maribyrnong – no wonder I didn’t recognise it!

Trees in a Bunnings Warehouse car park

Car parks are usually known for their asphalt, not trees, but the Bunnings Warehouse in Sunshine tried their best.


Google Street View, September 2016

With trees flanking the rows of parking.


Google Maps, July 2016

But as part of the 2017 expansion of the store, every tree in the car park was chopped down.


Google Street View, December 2017

And for what – parking bays running in a different direction.


Google Maps, October 2018

The sole improvement to the car park being the addition of a pedestrian crossing between Ballarat Road and the store entrance.

Pedestrian access to the new Bunnings Warehouse store in Sunshine

John Hedditch, former City of Brimbank mayor, had this to say on the outcome.

The Planning laws allow this to occur. Bunnings planted new little trees with a watering system and guess what they are still little trees. The planning laws are the problem. That Bunnings is a big local supplier of garden products and environmentally friendly ones at that and still does this is another matter altogether. Don’t worry it was made an issue at the time and we met with Bunnings to try and get a good environmental outcome. We failed. The picture speaks a thousand words.

Footnote

Sunshine was the first ‘big box’ Bunnings Warehouse store in Australia – opened in August 1994 by Jeff Kennett. I guess I’ll have to wait another 20 years for the tress in the car park to grow.