Thursday, February 25, 2021

Some Planning for Port Melbourne

I had seen a mural as we passed by in the car. Rule 1: Photograph murals only by using visiting by public transport where practical,  and I noticed there was a bus stop opposite the mural. I caught the 58 tram to the (now in disgrace) Casino and although it the bus service was only every thirty minutes, I had planned this down to the last detail and it worked. I was curious about the bus terminus and I stayed on the 236 until the end. 

I crossed the road and had a look around the shops and cafes and it was only a ten minute wait until the 236 departed back to the city. I left the bus at the Port Melbourne Life Saving Club and it was a bit hot, so I bought a Golden Gaytime (icecream) at a kiosk. I then walked to Bay Street and caught the 234 bus back to the (there will be a Royal Commission into what goes on there) Casino and the 58 tram back home. The mural photos will be posted on a Monday in due course but here a few photos taken during the outing. 

Morleys Coal Depot repurposed quite wonderfully. 


The 236 bus terminus at Garden City.



Swallows Biscuit Factory repurposed as apartments. Nice work.




Aloha sailor.

25 comments:

  1. How wonderful when your plans work out so well. Where public transport is concerned that is not a given here. Golden Gaytimes? Now that brings back memories. I didn't even know you could still buy them. I look forward to seeing the mural in the fullness of time.
    PS: I do wonder what the Casino could be repurposed into.

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    1. EC, I am watching the negotiations about extending your tram line with interest. I don't know where you live but I hope one day you will have convenient and fast public transport, if not a tram.
      I too was surprised about Golden Gaytimes.
      Not sure about the Casino. Mostly full of miserable looking people. Accommodation for the miserable and homeless lit by flashing pokie machine lights on non functioning pokie machines?

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  2. I remember Swallows biscuits and the Gaytime ice creams, I remember I liked the Devil's Food Gaytime best, but haven't bought any at all in a very long time. I do like those apartments, very nice to look at.
    What's gone wrong at the Casino?

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    1. River, I don't know that last Gaytime. Casino = vice, corruption, money laundering, fly in gamblers bypassing normal immigration rules, smoking indoors for the rich... I could go on.

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  3. That was a well planned outing. The public transport in Melbourne is pretty good. We should do more outings like this-just getting lazy.

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    1. Diane, I understand getting lazy as you become older but we must fight against it.

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  4. The old Biscuit Factory looks wonderful. I love all those Palms too.

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    1. Cro, the building when completed about thirty years ago was quite stark and the palms small.

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  5. Morleys Coal Depot was built 150 years ago, and still looks terrific. I am not sure about the inside, however, since it is a gym for sweaty bodies.

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    1. Hels, I don't think it is all sweaty gym bodies and if it is, it would be quiet and going broke.

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  6. Those pretty blue skys

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    1. Travel, it was warm but not hot. We've had the coolest summer I can remember, and I don't mind.

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  7. Ooooh, to have a Golden Gaytime again!

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  8. For all their glitz and glitter, casinos strike me as sad, sad places.

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    1. Cynthia, exactly how I see them. They depress me.

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  9. I love seeing old buildings repurposed. Here there is an old school, a solid brick building with a bell tower. I have seen school buildings repurposed in other places. This one cannot be done. It has asbestos. Too expensive to remediate. I guess the plan becomes to let it moulder and then pay for the remediation when they demo it. Shortsidedness annoys me.

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    1. Debby, that's a bit strange as the asbestos will have to be removed at some point.

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    2. My point exactly.

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  10. A "Golden Gaytime"??! Are you kidding me?!?!

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    1. Steve, I'm glad the name has not been changed.

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  11. I love the converted biscuit factory. Reminded me of all the old factories converted in Toronto.

    A golden gay time vs a ???

    XO
    WWW

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  12. Lovely re use of the coal depot. It's been a while since I've had a golden bay time Andrew, are they nutty?

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    1. Definitely still with nuts Grace.

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