BALYANG SANCTURY

Geelong, Australia

Friday 30 March 2012

A haven for waterbirds and popular with picnicking families, Balyang Sanctuary is situated in the Geelong suburb Newtown.

The centrepiece of the nine hectare park is a lake with three islands – two connected by bridges and the third retained as a safe nesting place for native birds. [Source: http://www.visitgeelongbellarine.com.au]

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CITY HALL

Geelong, Australia

Sunday 11 March 2012

The land for the Town Hall was first acquired by the council in 1854. Two acres (0.8 hectares) in size, it was on the corner of Little Malop and Gheringhap Streets. A design competition was held, with 12 entries being received. The winning entry was submitted by a Melbourne architect, Joseph Reed.

The cost was estimated at 34,533 pounds ($69,066) and due to insufficient funding, it was decided to only build a single southern wing along Little Malop Street. The foundation stone was laid on April 9, 1855 by the then-Mayor Dr William Baylie. The wing was completed soon after.

The single southern wing remained alone until the early 1900s. Suggestions were made to move the Town Hall to another site, with a referendum being held in 1914 proposing the council move to the former Geelong Grammar building on Moorabool Street. This proposal was defeated, with the original design being completed, opening in June 1917. It remains today, with minor additions at the rear.[Source: Wikipedia]

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BYGONE ERA

Melbourne, Australia

Saturday 10 March 2012

The grand Windsor Hotel in the forground, with the encroaching city behind.

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SAFE HARBOUR

Crail, Scotland

Friday 2 March 2012

The little seaside harbour of Crail in the Fife Region of Scotland.

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Geelong, Australia

Thursday 1 March 2012

The Port of Geelong is located on the shores of Corio Bay in Geelong, Victoria, Australia. The port is the sixth-largest in Australia by tonnage

Before the initial settlement of Geelong, a sandbar across the bay from Point Lillias to Point Henry prevented ships from entering the inner harbour. Ships were required to drop anchor in the bay, and cargo was brought into Geelong on small barges. At times it was possible to walk across the bay on the sandbar at low tide.

The first channel through the sandbar was started in 1853, providing less than 4 metres draught for ships. This channel was straightened out and dredged at a depth of 6 metres in the 1860s. In 1881 a new channel started that took 12 years to complete. It was named the Hopetoun Channel after Lord Hopetoun who opened it on December 20, 1893.

[Source: Wikipedia]

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