Sunny afternoon in Coburg Cemetery

•October 30, 2014 • Leave a Comment

I realise today is Halloween but that is not why I am posting photos of a cemetery.  That happens to be coincidence.  Caiti and I went for an afternoon stroll through Coburg Cemetery the other day as we’d both been past it quite a few times and had been meaning to have a look.

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The cemetery was established in 1856, and being so old many of the grave sites are in a bad state of disrepair.

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There were some interesting old headstones.  Some very elaborate, some very basic and some which were erected fairly recently.

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According to the Greater Metropolitan Cemteries Trust records for Coburg Cemetery commenced in 1875 but there is evidence of burials dating back to the 1850s.  However, records for these early burials have been lost.

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We saw some cute bunnies hopping around too.

x Kitten of Doom

Abandoned Melbourne reception centre

•October 30, 2014 • 2 Comments

Here’s one from a couple of years ago that I never got around to posting.  The reception centre, originally built as a theatre, closed some years ago and remains derelict.  Understandably, it’s in a pretty bad state.  There were plans to convert it into shopfronts or demolish it to make way for apartments but so far nothing has happened.

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Mayven building vanishes

•October 23, 2014 • 1 Comment

There are two new building developments underway on either side of the Melbourne Anarchist Club on St George’s Road, and I noticed today that the Mayven building is gone. The website for the Mayven Apartments says that the art deco facade will be retained, although the entire thing is gone – I can only assume they are going to re-erect it once building commences.

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Now, on the other side of the MAC is the St George Apartments.  This will be situated where the old junk shop once stood.

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The Melbourne Anarchist Club building will remain nestled in between the five- and six-storey developments.  This little strip is going to look very different.

x Kitten of Doom

Update:  It has been pointed out to me that the Mayven Apartments website states “The street frontage will reflect the signature 1930’s Art Deco façade, providing the apartments with a unique and highly recognisable blend of old and new architectural styles.”  A new facade will be built, resembling the old one.  What’s the point of making a new facade that looks like the old one rather than retaining the original one?

Boatspotting

•October 22, 2014 • 2 Comments

A rare warm, sunny – yet not windy! – Melbourne spring day.  Must go to the beach!  I visited Sandringham for the first time today.  Much quieter and cleaner than St Kilda.  I will definitely be back.

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Also, I really want to learn how to sail.

x Kitten of Doom

Historic facade on St Georges Road to become Northwood apartments

•October 22, 2014 • Leave a Comment

Ever wondered what the old facade that’s been propped up on St George’s Road for the past few years is going to be used for?

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Picture: Kitten of Doom

Construction is still to start of a block of 71 one- and two-bedroom apartments backing onto the Merri Creek trail at the top of Fitzroy North.  The building will be seven stories high and is named “Northwood“.

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Picture: mayfairinvestmentgroup.com.au

The building was originally the Merri Palais, a theatre and ballroom, I believe, but information is hard to come by.  The majority of the Merri Palais was demolished in 2010 with only the facade remaining.  The building was then sold in October 2013.

So many beautiful old theatres in Melbourne have been demolished; I would love to have been able to see them in their hey-day.

x Kitten of Doom

Soundtrack for upcoming Aussie sci-fi film ‘The Rare Earth’

•October 7, 2014 • 4 Comments

therareearthOver the past couple of days I’ve been listening to the soundtrack for upcoming Australian sci-fi movie The Rare Earth, produced by Martin Kennedy from All India Radio.  The soundtrack is made up of deconstructed All India Radio tracks as well as work from Kilbey Kennedy, Martin’s musical collaboration with Steve Kilbey of The Church.

It’s a beautiful soundtrack; atmospheric and melancholy.  My favourites are definitely the Kilbey Kennedy tracks Lorelei and Unfocused.

The Rare Earth is written and directed by Aaron Stevenson and stars Eliza d’Souza.  It is due for release next year.

x Kitten of Doom

Abandoned warehouse wanderings

•September 26, 2014 • 1 Comment

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x Kitten of Doom

 
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