Monday, June 04, 2012

Looking north east


I don't normally take photos in this direction from our balcony. You will have to click on the pic to see it properly. In the foreground is the roof of the church St Thomas Aquinas with midphoto the lush green playing fields of Melbourne Grammar.

The white high rise apartment block is in Anderson Street, South Yarra and overlooks the Royal Botanic Gardens. To the right of the building can be seen peeking over the tree tops is the old match manufacturer Bryant and May's clocktower and to the far left, the steeple of St Ignatius on Richmond Hill. I noted the other day that there are three churches with a couple of hundred metres in Church Street, but of course the catholic St Ignatius sits at the highest point, as is the Australian custom.

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  1. Hi. As a small boy I stood across the street from Bryant and Mays while my father's girl friend stubbed out her cigarette before going over to ask for a job. My Godson was Christened at Saint Iggy's and they messed up the paperwork. I told them off for it. Catholic churches grabbing the highest point is not the Australian custom, the church with the highest spot is at the corner of Toorak and Clendon Roads. It's not catholic. Neither am I.

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  2. Andrew, I agree with you that as a general rule the easiest way to find a catholic church in most towns is to look for the most solid building at the highest point. Of course, there are exceptions to every rule.

    I think the idea behind this was that we should have as much time as possible to finish an ark before launching it. [And during the wet season, animals naturally head for the highest point thus saving the trouble of rounding them up.]

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  3. Nice colour added RH. It does seem to be a custom for catholic churches to take the highpoint, but yes, not always.

    FC, it is how I generally know it to be. Now you are pulling my leg about the ark, aren't you? I like it regardless.

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  4. Looks nice and lush out there, very green.

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  5. Tres nice piccy, and I agree with FC re the herding the 2 legged folk to high ground with the ark.
    That reminds me, with our weather forecast this week, have you finished building it yet?

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  6. All churches try for the highest ground, but the Prods usually got it. Saint Iggy's is where it is only because it was a poor area; that's why so many catholic churches/schools are in suburbs around the inner city; they were bog Irish. As for prominence you couldn't do better than Saint Paul's Cathedral.
    Irish catholics vs Protestants goes back a long way, especially in the public service, the catholics were second-class, and are still not completely out of it.
    There was a huge bluestone catholic church in the main street of Port Melbourne, I had a look around it one time. Then about fifteen years ago I saw it being demolished, at that stage only the facade was left. stained glass windows smashed.
    I was furious, the bastards responsible, Bishops or whatever, should be quartered. There's a 7-11there now, last time I looked, apa-a-a-rtments up top.

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  7. The ark on high ground is a very old joke and weak as piss.
    I expect nothing better, nothing new -except from myself.

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  8. Now, now children play nice Santa Claus is watching you to see if you're naughty or nice :-).

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  9. Santa Claus would be a good job for you. Bonzer.

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  10. I can't comment on growing up near the match factory or the height aspirations of Catholic churches; just that your view is a lovely one.

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  11. Fen, especially Melbourne Grammar where they afford to have a recycling plant.

    Jayne, I just need a bit more glue and one more screw.

    RH, St Patrick's is higher. Camberwell Junction catholic is higher. Mount Gambier is higher. I know where the 711 is. That is a pity.

    Windsmoke, it is best to avoid bad behaviour by kiddies.

    Thanks Kath. We don't look that way often, but there is a lot of detail to see.

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  12. What a terrific suburb you live in. Not view-wise, but in terms of services and facilities. My parents were married in the beautiful Toorak synagogue.

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  13. Hels, view wise I think it is good too. Yes, services and facilities. Not great for supermarkets though. Nor exactly a suburb as our address in Melbourne, and while I know there is a synagogue in the city, isn't the one we look upon called the Melbourne Synagogue? One day I will cover my balding spot and have a look inside.

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  14. That's a lovely view Andrew.
    I always thought churches were built as high up as possible to be nearer to God and Heaven.

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  15. I'd forgotten that River, but yes, that was the reason, not the nonsense about high and dry and gathering critters for the ark, amusing as it was.

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  16. Your commenters crack me up Andrew, they really tell it how it is, excellent fun to read. This is not too shabby a view at all, you really made a fantastic choice with this apartment oui!

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  17. Church spires aSPIRE to heaven.

    Unions, Labor Party, Kim Beasley----Catholic.

    Artie Caldwell(oh good heavens!) --Catholic.

    Paul Keating----Pencil-head clock collector. Latte dreamboat.

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  18. Grace, at times they just crack me. Thanks.

    C'mon RH, he had a good turn of phrase at times.

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  19. Took him hours of thought.

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