Sounds like an Arnie movie title.
I thank Miss Ann O'Dyne for her assistance with her freely shared knowledge.
It was a pleasant warm night as R and sat on our balcony sipping our cocoa (who spluttered then?) and sortin' the world before retiring to rest. What's that building? R queried. A new building has appeared on the horizon. I don't know. We tried to pinpoint its location, but we could not at night.
Slightly in distance new high rise buildings don't enter our consciousness until they are poking a few stories above surrounding buildings. There is a boom in highrise building in South Yarra now. Cranes to the left me, cranes to the right, the old succumbing to the developer's might.
At some point the next day I remembered the building and took another look. In the daylight I could tell it was a bit behind the Jam Factory. What large site is there that could have large highrise buildings built upon it, I wondered. Right, online maps. I could only note a large barren site from an aerial photo.
Now, I could have worked it out myself, but in my experience, it is better to ask someone who might know of some 'colour' surrounding whatever you ask them about. Contact Miss Ann O'Dyne.
Within a the bat of a bat's eyelid, she replied. It was The Destructor! That is the local Prahran tip and incinerator. She added plenty of colour in her response, much of which won't be of interest to you.
Would you believe right back in 1908 there was a letter to The Argus newspaper complaining about the smoke from The Destructor. From Trove.
16th June, 1908
Sir,-Yesterday the Prahran destructor was again making itself most obnoxious to Hawksburn local residents. It was pouring out a huge volume of smoke, which borne by the north west wind, carried its disagreeable odour over houses and gardens far and near. How much longer is this intolerable public nuisance to be allowed to pollute the neighbourhood?
Here is a relevant photo at Picture Victoria. I don't believe The Destructor was closed until at least the late 1990s, maybe even into the 2000s.
Jam Factory (seems to be covered with green mesh) with the new building on the site of demolished Prahran Destructor. I always assumed the chimney was part of the Jam Factory but it seems to be The Destructor smoke stack. Maybe I should actually take a look at what is there. When is my next day off.