I have just been re-reading old post cards from a friend who was cycling around England in 1986. Back in 86 I am sure there was the threat in England of IRA bombs, so she was surprised and distressed to hear of the Russell Street police headquarters bombing.
I was in the city on the day and the noise of wailing sirens from police, ambulance and fire vehicles was relentless. I vividly remember the police cars seemingly travelling at random in all directions. Of course I had no idea what had happened. Russell Street Police Headquarters is a very nice building, now apartments. Madden proofed. Photo is from Walking Melbourne.
Just a little more than six months later, another bomb went off, this time in Caroline Street, South Yarra. The target was the Turkish consulate. The bomb caused a lot of damage to the building and and nearby buildings but only the bomber was killed as the the bomb exploded prematurely. I surprised that I have little memory of this bomb. It seems number 44 Caroline Street, almost on the corner of Toorak Road, now contains offices and the Turkish consulate is in Albert Road, South Melbourne.
The last, perhaps not well remembered by many but well by me because I saw the damage the next day, was the following year, 1987. It was a very nice and not long ago renovated block of apartments at number 19 Park Street, South Yarra. We can see the back of the block quite clearly from home. The successfully killed target was was racing car driver Stewart McLeod. His wife was injured.
Your chance of being killed or injured by a bomb in Australia is very very slim, but because it is so random, it is frightening. Who would have thought the leafy streets of South Yarra would experience two bombs. Post the destruction of New York's World Trade Centre, rubbish bins were removed from in front of the St Kilda Road Police Station for security reasons. The removal created a big problem with cigarette butt littering.