Chadstone Shopping Centre was on a small scale when it opened and was occasionally visited, as was the city by train. Chadstone is now the largest shopping centre (mall) in the Southern Hemisphere and the most profitable of its kind in the world. Yet, we find it a horrible place to visit and will no longer do so.
So that is a bit of my background and while there are things I forget, most of Oakleigh is kind of familiar to me. It is still strongly under Greek influence, even though the Greek immigrants would have mostly arrived in the 1960s.
As we drove along Atkinson Street, we noticed a busy Sunday Market. Alas it was soon to close, so we will save that for another day. Oakleigh has its own small shopping mall, and associated car parking underneath. A pay system was about to be introduced, I think because the parking time limit is ignored and commuters park there all day and catch a train to the city from the adjacent station.
We were surprised when we stepped out of the shopping centre mall into the Eaton Street Mall. There were so many people and a wonderful atmosphere. About a quarter of the tables and seating were given over to people just having coffee, wine and smoking and the rest was for dining. R and I shared a large Greek platter and had excellent coffee. We were most impressed.
As you can see by the signage, there is still a very Greek flavour to the area. Oddly there was a place called Prahran Travel, a travel agency and just as odd, Prahran Seafoods. No where near Prahran, but there you go. The fish shop was where every Friday my grandmother would buy fish to cook for dinner. The shop used to have rivers of water running down its front window.