Tuesday, October 06, 2009

St Kilda Teaser

This could well be answered by the first person who sees it, or answered by no one, but never mind.

I have been out taking some pics of some of the changes in Fitzroy Street, St Kilda. I had Ann and Ian in mind when I did so, but also a rant about something. They know the area but live a long way away, well one a very long way away, so they might like to see the changes. I might get to putting the photos up tomorrow. But for now, where is this photo taken?

33 comments:

  1. in an alley way!!

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  2. 1 out of 10 Fenz.

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  3. it's the effort that counts, i should get a gold star for that :P

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  4. Since no-one is hanging on my every post, ok, it did take a tiny bit of thought. Elephant stamp.

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  5. Anyway Fenz, you are a northside person. I wouldn't expect you to know.

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  6. Ann managed to avoid laneways when enjoying Fitzroy Street. There's enough trouble out on the main drag.
    At a guess is it off Jackson St behind that motel?

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  7. not off Jackson st, am sure of that, otherwise.......dunno? Tho I could guess and say behind the supermarket in Acland st?

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  8. nah, the Acland Safeway has a carpark and a walkway behind it.
    oh I miss the good food at Cafe Bala in Shakespeare St

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  9. I can only guess it's the old alleyway between Fitzroy and Jackson Street, and which got narrow about halfway along. If so it's been redone, and has become a deadend; terrible crime.
    You wouldn't have known of the old Voltaire Racine 'apartments'in Fitzroy Street. The house was at the end of a narrow walkway between two shops (just down from where the post office is now, if it's still there) and the house itself was at the rear of one of the shops; you could just glimpse a few stone steps up to a doorway. The sign itself was about five feet long, made of timber, and fixed above the footpath. I was always intrigued by this place, I wanted the sign, and one night I pinched it and took it home. I can't remember what happened to it. The house I had in Yarraville before I came here had a boarded in back porch, when I was demolishing it I was astonished to find part of the boarding was an actual Castlemaine railway sign from the station. It was about the same size as 'Voltaire Racine', and even had a similar white background. And that's disappeared too, what a pity, I used to burn everything in those days.

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  10. In 1966 a big old mansion house was full of boarders like the drummer I knew there, and the address was 48 Jackson Street. Shops were at the Fitzroy St frontage, now it is glamour condos and a bookshop at the front entry, with a courtyard.
    In the old days it was a wild place.
    I can recall stained glass, and a hills hoist in the backyard.

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  11. NLA Australian Newspapers - article display
    _ ST. KILDA, VOLTAIRE, RACINE, 75 Fitzroy Balcony SUITE, excellent cuisine; tennis, billiards, grounds. _'Pbone, 040 Windsor.
    newspapers.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/1516094 -

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  12. There is one walk/laneway between Jackson St and Fitzroy st that I know of, about opposite Park st, and this is not it. Maybe this is another?

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  13. It seems likely Voltaire apartments had shops built in its front garden, which would once have extended to Fitzroy street. This could be the case with most old buildings along that strip, I can't remember any of them facing Jackson Street. However the buildings on the other side of Jackson Street did front the street, including big poxy Wattle House which is now a youth hostel. What a joke. Everything disinfected. Good heavens, I mean all that squalor and early death around there and now it's a glittering carnival.

    That's the laneway I was suggesting Ian, I thought it may have got a makeover, like all the rest.

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  14. Anonymous6:38 pm

    Are you sure it's not near the Safeway carpark? That light just showing behind the graffiteed wall looks like it could be the Safeway carpark to me... Vik.

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  15. Dear Anon, hot Andrew, has led us astray by mentioning Fitzroy, if this is indeed the Acland environs way down the hill.
    If the lane is parallel to the rear entry of Sway, then those walls on the left are the back of my much missed Cafe Bala.

    OTOH it could all be up near Fitzroy and Grey St ...

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  16. Well done Ian and Vik. The laneway from the western side of Safeway. About half way along is another lane leading to Acland Street. Attractive it is not. Some of the scenes in the forthcoming photos will be new to you too Vik.

    Ann, I am not sure that the wall would be the back of a place on Shakespeare Street. Seems too far away. Will take a look next time I am down there.

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  17. Well this isn't fair to me, I've no idea what St Kilda looks like post gentification, I haven't been there in twenty years; which means the true blue St Kilda sans fake New Yorkers is all in my head. Cake shop Acland street is unknown to me as well, I never went there.

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  18. Hehe gold star for me!

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  19. Andrew. I could tell you a lane in St Kilda you would NOT KNOW.

    Definitely.

    Wake up to yourself!

    -ROBBERT!!!!!!!!!!

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  20. Anonymous5:10 pm

    Thanks for the gold star Ian!! I'm quite pleased with myself; haven't lived in Melbourne for 6 years and I still recognise my old stomping ground!! Though I sympathise with RH - the St Kilda I knew and loved 20 years ago is nothing like that of today. Vik.

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  21. Hmmm, dumpster alley :)

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  22. Vik. Thank you so much.

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  23. Or elephant stamp Ian. Where would you like the stamp?

    Robert, your price is too high. Bugger orf.

    Didn't we walk along there last year Vik? Oh........or was that the year before?

    I will submit the name to the City of Port Phillip Cazzie.

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  24. I would be happy with a gold star! By the sounds of it Vik would too.

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  25. Anonymous7:35 pm

    Yeah, I'm happy with a gold stamp but if that's not on offer I'd accept a dinosaur or wombat stamp.

    Not sure if we walked along the alley last Xmas - weren't we on the beach? Can't quite remember either...Vik.

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  26. Gold star it is then. Now Vik, I clearly recall you were desperate for a drink and insisted we went to Safeway bottle shop for you medicine.

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  27. How about an occasional Sydney laneway quiz?

    Your quizzes are Melbourne centric....d'oh!


    :-)

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  28. I will come up with something in time Victor.

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  29. How about a Aussie coat of arms stamp as I do get homesick sometimes

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  30. I don't have Ian. I'll send you half a dozen VB instead.

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  31. Anonymous1:53 am

    Cheeky bugger! If anyone was desperate for a drink mate, it wouldn't have been me!! Vik.

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