SANDRIDGE RAIL BRIDGE

Melbourne, Australia

Friday 21 October 2011

This important example of 19th-century industrial technology opened in 1888, was designed by the Victorian Railways to carry the busy Port Melbourne and St Kilda railway lines. The structure's long riveted plate iron girders were remarkable for their time. With piers like giant sunken columns topped by decorative niches, it is the most highly decorated railway bridge in Victoria. The unusually sharp angle across the Yarra River is also a reminder of Australia's first railway line, which joined the city to its port in an almost straight line. With the conversion of the railway lines to tram routes in 1987, it was abandoned and was considered an eyesore by many. In 2003 the State Government announced that it would be restored for use as part of the riverside promenade network.[Source: www.emelbourne.net.au]

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KAN TAN IV

Geelong, Australia

Thursday 20 October 2011

The Kan Tan IV is a floating oil rig that recently entered Geelong's port for maintenance before heading back out to sea. This picture shows two of it's rusty legs ... it is hard to see how large the rig from this photo but believe me ... it'a huge!

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MIDDLE OF RIVER CAFE

Melbourne, Australia

Sunday 16 October 2011

The island created by the walking bridge that crosses the Yarra River is now a thriving cafe.

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FREMANTLE ARCHTECTURE

Fremantle, Australia

Thursday 13 October 2012

This is an example of the wonderful architecture in and around Fremantle, well worth a look!

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PIER LIGHT

Point Lonsdale

Wednesday 12 October 2011

The morning sun shines under the Point Lonsdale pier.

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HIGH & DRY

Sorento, Australia

Wednesday 12 October 2011

A storm approaches Sorento's beach.

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SEA CHANGE

Barwon Heads, Australia

Wednesday 12 October 2011

The new walking bridge at Barwon Heads.

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CHICORY KILN

Phillip Island, Australia

Wednesday 12 October 2011

Chicory was one of the first crops grown on Phillip Island (Victoria, Australia) and proved suitable for the Island’s climate, a lack of frosts being a main requirement. It was grown here for over 100 years and the remaining chicory kilns with their pyramid shaped roofs are a Phillip Island icon. [Source: www.visitphillipisland.com]

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MELBOURNE REFLECTIONS

Melbourne, Australia

Sunday 9 October 2011

Melbourne skyline reflected in the Yarra River.

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CAROUSEL BUILDING

Geelong Australia

Friday 7 October 2011

"Geelong’s beautiful waterfront Carousel is one of the jewels of Geelong and a must with any visitor to our region. Standing proudly on a newly built harbour on our waterfront the modern sail like steel and glass structure glistens in the sun and is one of the main focal points of our new waterfront precinct.

Inside the huge pavilion things get even more special with a very rare and beautiful Armitage – Herschell Carousel dating back to 1892 restored to its former glory, complete with 36 horses and two lovely chariots. The historic carousel is one of the few left in the world and ours is probably the best still in use. 24 of the horses are original and took over 300 man hours each to restore, the other 12 were made using many of the same processes as the original to make them as authentic as possible. Even authentic coach wood was imported from the USA to match the original. The whole project took craftsman over two years to complete after being stored for many years in the Victorian gold district town of Castlemaine.

Inside the carousel there are paintings telling the story of King Arthur and Camelot. The painting forms branches which hold the canopy like a giant tree.

The pavilion features a small display showing the restoration process and even includes one of the original horses in the condition it was purchased. It is quiet amazing what these talent craftsmen were able to do bringing the carousel to life and bringing so much joy to new generations people for years to come.

Originally powered by steam but now electric, the carousel was built by the Armitage Herschell Company in New York and history shows it was used in New York before it came to Australia around 1920. It spent a large portion of it’s life in the Mornington Peninsula seaside town of Mordialloc on the other side of the bay. The carousel is also believed to have been part of a travelling carnival before ending up left in a paddock in Echuca to slowly deteriorate. Later it ended up in a auction lot and moved to Castlemaine, then the City of Greater Geelong with help from the State Government purchased the historic ruins and organised its huge restoration". [Source: http://www.intown.com.au/locals/geelong/]

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