Former Gilbertsons/SBA Foods meatworks

•February 5, 2015 • 4 Comments

Looking back through old photos, I realised I’ve never posted my photos from the former meatworks in Altona.

Originally Gilbertson’s Meat Processing, the plant was later renamed SBA Foods.  SBA Foods closed down in 1999 and moved their operations to Tasmania.

Not much remained of the abatoir itself when we went, and the main building had been partially gutted by fire.  In one room makeshift skate ramps had been built.  Where better a place to skate than an abandoned meat processing plant?

The site has since been demolished.  My photos are from 2011.

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Nylex clock is back on!

•January 29, 2015 • 4 Comments

Some sneaky little trespassers turned the Nylex clock back on last night.  I was excited when I first realised it was on, but undoubtedly it won’t stay on for long.

Everyone wants it back on permanently; give the people what they want!

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It’s a balmy 20 degrees today apparently.

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Monolith

•January 27, 2015 • Leave a Comment

The cement works in Geelong has been abandoned for over a decade.  Although partially demolished, it’s an imposing structure that still has an uncertain future.

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Sail Yards skate park, Melbourne CBD

•January 11, 2015 • 3 Comments

I moved to Melbourne at the beginning of 2001, and I used to walk around the city a lot both day and night.  I remember a skate park on the corner of Swanston St and Lonsdale St which I walked past most days and Friday nights after I finished work in Bourke St Mall.  Sometimes I’d stop and watch the skaters through the fence for a little while.  I remember a lot of sketchy people hanging out there, but also a lot of kids who just wanted to skate.

I didn’t take any photos during my first year in Melbourne – one of my big regrets, as so many things look completely different to the way they do now.

Sail Yards skate park was closed a few months after I moved to Melbourne and QV now stands in it’s place.

If anyone with stories and/or photos of Sail Yards would be keen to share, please do!

x Kitten of Doom

Sail Yards 1997, by Rick Curran.

Sail Yards 1997, by Rick Curran.

2015 Hottest 100 votes!

•December 16, 2014 • Leave a Comment

To be honest, I hardly ever listen to the radio anymore.  I think Australia Day is probably the only time that I do, just to see which songs feature in Triple J’s Hottest 100.  So here are my Hottest 100 votes for this summer:

  • Ali Barter – Community
  • Briggs – Bad Apples
  • Briggs – The Hunt (ft. Gurrumul)
  • Ecca Vandal – White Flag
  • Holy Holy – History
  • Holy Holy – House of Cards
  • Joelistics – Connect (ft. Ecca Vandal)
  • Joelistics – In the Morning
  • Sietta – Agree to Disagree
  • Sietta – I Need You Now

 

 

 

 

 

You might notice a theme amongst these artists.  Yes, all are based in Melbourne.

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In memory of Yorkshire Brewery: a pictorial retrospective

•November 16, 2014 • 4 Comments

It is my blog’s 5th birthday today!  To celebrate, I am posting a tribute to the subject of my very first blog post: Yorkshire Brewery.

I first visited Yorkshire in 2007 when a photographer friend wanted to find a way up to the top.  We were peering through the fence when the caretaker came up behind us and asked if we were photographers and if we wanted to have a look around the grounds.  We didn’t go in the buildings that day, but I returned a few months later and from there on Yorkshire pretty much became my second home.

I’d go early in the morning to watch the sunrise and the hot air balloons float across the sky whilst doing a bit of writing.  I’d go late at night when I couldn’t sleep.  I’d scramble up to the top on my way to work just to have a half hour of peace and quiet to myself.  I’d have a few ciders with friends on the silos watching the sun go down.

Being up high afforded me not only a great view, but a solitude and silence unachievable on the ground.

Last year the silos were demolished in preparation for redevelopment of the site into apartments.  Redevelopment is inevitable, but it was sad days for me to see my second home go.

Who remembers inching your way around the very edge of the uppermost room where the floor was made of rotted wood barely holding together, hoping you didn’t plunge through to your death several stories below, so you could get up onto the outside ledge at the top of the tower?

Feel free to share your stories in the comments section.

The following photos were taken 2007-2012.

RIP Yorkie!

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Sunny afternoon in Coburg Cemetery

•October 31, 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

 
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