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Saturday, 19 May 2018

Flemington, Bob Smith, carrier, 1927


Bob Smith, Duncan St, Flemington, carrier. Picnics, Parties, anything. 

It is not clear where this photo was taken, any ideas gratefully received.


Source:  Museums Victoria Collections https://collections.museumvictoria.com.au/items/765583
Accessed 19 May 2018.

Tuesday, 15 May 2018

"Kelso", 23 Collins St, Essendon


The photo above shows "Kelso", 23 Collins St, Essendon, in its heyday, decorated to welcome home a family member from the war in 1919.   This, and other photos of "Kelso", including one of the stables,  have been added to the Time Travellers website, courtesy of Neil McDonald here.

Monday, 7 May 2018

Rainbow Home Made Cakes, Union Rd


Tonight I have begun to post a number of photos of business premises in the Essendon and Flemington area.  This one shows  the Rainbow Cake Shop in Union Rd, Ascot Vale.  Follow the link to find out more.

Note the profile of the buildings opposite, reflected in the window of the shop.  

Bring back shop girl uniforms, I say!   Nothing nicer than a starched collar and apron.

Tuesday, 24 April 2018

Essendon Boys' Lacrosse Team, 1934

Essendon Boys' Lacrosse Team, 1934.  Museums Victoria Collections https://collections.museumvictoria.com.au/items/1688848  Accessed 24 April 2018
This team includes John Hawksworth in the top right hand corner.  If you can identify anyone else in this photo, please get in touch.  This photo has been added to the Essendon Lacrosse Club page on the Time Travellers website.  It has also been dropped into the webpage for the Dover Studios when it was operated by Frank Rider - the woolly rug, the lino and the studio backdrop give that away, though Museums Victoria didn't record that detail.

Monday, 26 March 2018

Essendon North State School, Depression years

This class at Essendon North State School shows a mix of pupils whose families are doing ok, and send their children to school clean and neatly dressed, and other families whose children are grubby and unkempt, and in some cases looking abused.  Some of their fathers would have been suffering from post traumatic stress disorder after the war, potentially exacerbated by unemployment and alcohol abuse.  See other photos from Essendon North at the Time Travellers website. Photo courtesy of Greg Manderson.  Please get in touch if you can identify anyone in the photo.

Saturday, 24 March 2018

The Shuter Estate, Moonee Ponds

Shuter St in the MMBW plan of 1905, from the State Library of Victoria Collection.

A previous article, That Ancient Question, the Moonee Ponds Post Office, 1854-1906, explored in some detail the long and sorry story of the relocation of the Moonee Ponds Post office from Mt Alexander Rd to the corner of Puckle and Shuter Streets. Council and community expected, wanted and needed the Post Office to continue in business in Mt Alexander Road or very near the Moonee Ponds Junction. Puckle St was just being developed in the late 1880s and the main business centre was Mt Alexander Road. In late 1889 it was learned that, despite several years of lobbying, the Post Master General’s Department had purchased land in Puckle St. How was it that the Puckle St site became available at all and who were some of the other players involved? This article offers some insights into the Land dealings during this Boom and Bust period which shaped the district.  See The Shuter Estate.

Sunday, 11 March 2018

Dartford St, Flemington

Stock agent Donald McPhail with his wife Isabella, nee Urie, and their baby James in a perambulator.  They are standing in front of their residence at 16 Dartford St, Flemington.  The house is still standing.  See more on the Time Travellers website, link above.  Courtesy of Ian Jeanneret.