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.



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




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?


•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.








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?


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“.



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








x Kitten of Doom

Circle of Abstract Ritual… this is amazing!

•September 22, 2014 • 1 Comment


Jeff Frost shared this amazing short film, Circle of Abstract Ritual a few days ago.  The film comprises of 300,000 still photographs and includes footage from riots in Anaheim in 2012, wildfires, abstract paintings in abandoned houses, moving inverted Joshua tree trunks and a lot of amazing light work.  Jeff explains: “Circle of Abstract Ritual began as an exploration of the idea that creation and destruction might be the same thing.”

It’s the best thing I’ve seen in ages.  Watch it now.

You can also see see behind-the-scenes footage and hear commentary from Jeff in Story of Abstract Ritual.  A lot of hard, heavy work went into making this film.


x Kitten of Doom

Stop stealing my Larundel photos, children

•September 17, 2014 • 3 Comments

I’m tired of kids obsessed with Larundel stealing my photos, so I’m going to make this post.  I’m doing so because the person in question clearly didn’t learn their lesson about stealing other peoples’ work the first time I pulled them up on it.

“Urbex” (urban exploration) has taken off in Melbourne since the end of last year, with a tonne of kids around the 15-20 age group jumping on the bandwagon.  You’ve probably seen a bunch of them in the media getting onto rooftops and into the City Loop with t-shirts over their faces.  This is apparently a good way to get famous, so they made a video about it.  At least they take their own shots and the video was nicely-made.

They seemed to have inspired a lot of other kids with this video, because there seem to be a bunch of them coming out of the woodwork trying to get their 15 minutes of fame.  In particular, kids who are obsessed with a once-derelict and now semi-redeveloped ex-mental hospital named Larundel (which I have posted about before).

If you want to make your own amateur video about how haunted and creepy Larundel is, whatever, go for it.  But just because you jumped on the bandwagon so late that you don’t have any good shots of your own (and by late I mean the last building has already begun to be redeveloped and is no longer abandoned) – don’t steal other peoples’ photos and use them to promote your upcoming “documentary”.

Here we have Instagram user “anthonyurbexmelb”.  Anthony used one of my photos without permission to promote his so-called “documentary”.  He also altered it by plastering text across it – another no-no.

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I asked him to remove it, and noticed further down he had previously used someone else’s Larundel photo, again without credit.  I commented “another stolen photo”.  I didn’t think to screencap this one, so you can take my word for it or don’t.  Both photos were deleted and I was also blocked – I can only presume this was to stop me calling him out on other stolen photos.

So I had another look (yes, I can still see your photos, Anthony) and lo-and-behold there are two more photos used without credit which were taken by Shot by Matt – Matt Lindsay Photography.  He didn’t delete either of these, presumably because no-one has commented on them saying they were stolen.  So he doesn’t care about stealing other peoples’ work, as he only deleted the shots that he was called-out on.

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^ Original shot by Matt here.

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^ Original shot by Matt here.

Next up, a shot by Leanne Cole Photography which he altered and posted on his Facebook page.

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^ Original shot by Leanne Cole here.

Amazing that someone calling themselves a filmmaker is using other peoples’ work to promote their video.

I don’t have screenshots of the other times my photos have been used without permission or credit, but the people in question took them down when asked so that’s okay.  There is still a Facebook account called Larundel Bundoora up with my same photo as their profile picture though.  Why someone has made a Facebook account as the persona of an abandoned mental hospital boggles my mind but oh well.

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As a side note, I find it somewhat offensive that Larundel is repeatedly referred to as an “asylum” rather than a “hospital”.  It was a hospital, and if anyone did an ounce of research they would realise this.  I can only imagine how “anthonyurbexmelb”‘s documentary is going to turn out when he’s referring to Mont Park as a “bad boy asylum”.  Perhaps do some research, Anthony, and do your own work, rather than using other peoples’ without permission.

x Kitten of Doom


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