Sunday, March 21, 2021

Sunday Selections

Joining with Elephant's Child, River and others for Sunday Selections. Today these photos have all come from the www that for some reason I saved. I hope none are repeats.

The Victorian Railways opened a tram line in 1919 from Melbourne's Sandringham Station to Black Rock, extended to Beaumaris. It served quiet residential streets and a couple of small shopping areas. It closed in 1956. I recently travelled the route by bus and I could not see a skerrick of remnants. This photo shows what seems to be a very exciting opening day in 1919.


In time for Sydney's Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, these rainbow mail boxes appeared on Sydney streets, and they also appeared in Perth. 


The circle surrounds the old Victorian (horse) Racing Centre, where The Highrise was built. The tall building was BP House, now The Domain, and an apartment complex for the rich, famous and politicians. The Shrine of Remembrance features at the bottom of the photo with Albert Park Lake at the top. The same view now would see lots hidden my mature trees and Gunn Island in the lake is very overgrown with native vegetation and home to all sorts of creatures.


I'm sure Mrs Bucket, aka Patricia Routledge had something amusing to say to Her Maj. A former friend was taxi driver and drove her in Melbourne and said she was just wonderful.


These are COVID related in I suppose March 2020 or perhaps April. I expect the second last one refers to the destruction of an important Aboriginal area in Western Australia and the last to koalas after our early 2020 bush fires. I'm sure I've used this one before.


There will be trams for Canberra. Here is the plan by the designer of Canberra, Sir Walter Burley Griffin. Canberra now has one tram line, with an approved extension and another extension being considered. 


Give me a head with hair, long shiny hair. Gleaming flaxen waxen....Who is he?


A great photo of a train on the former Inner Circle train line. If you are interested, you can read my posts back when I walked the long closed line in 2014. http://highriser.blogspot.com/search/label/Inner%20Circle


Hmm, we've been looking at train travel.


36 comments:

  1. I am glad that her Maj gets to meet some amusing people as well as the rest.
    Love your selections. Re the cartoon (and particularly the last koala) NSW has caved in to the Nationals and farmers don't have to consider their habitat when clearing land. Hiss and spit.

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    1. EC, that is very disappointing to hear about koala habitat.

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  2. Now aren’t they just the fanciest train seats cum beds - and where would you be thinking of going to experience travel on a smart train like that?? Certainly not here in Australia:)

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    1. Cathy, surprise. It is the train from Brisbane to Cairns.

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  3. Gorgeous hair on that lovely young man.
    Are those TVs built into the back of those seats that become beds? How luxurious.

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    1. River, his hair is not so gorgeous now. I should hope that is what they are. They are becoming more common on trains now, especially first class sleepers.

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  4. Your travel train looks pretty fancy.
    Coffee is on and stay safe

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    1. Dora, I hope we can take the train.

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  5. Looks comfy in the train.
    Always interested to see the older photos of yesteryear, reminder of how things once looked though they are forever changing.
    Don't know who that person is but love Mrs. Bucket.

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    1. Margaret, Mrs Bucket is timeless and the shows would be just as good now as when they were made.

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  6. That tram line in the top picture was only in existence for 37 years? I bet a lot of those people in that crowd were still alive when it closed.

    I recognize the song from the musical Hair. Treat Williams was in the movie version, but that doesn't look like him.

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    1. Kirk, the line was opened as an aid to promote local house sales. Some political influence there. No, it is not who you suggest.

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  7. I too have a story about an ordinary Australian dealing with her Maj's family.

    A friend, who was a Queen's Scout, was asked to stand on one side of the Queen Mother's seat, and a second Queen's Scout was asked to stand on the other. As the Queen's Mother got drunker and drunker (from her tea cup), the teens had to push her from the side she fell on, back into the central upright position. The teens had never seen drunk, aristocratic women before and were exhausted by the end of the afternoon event.

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    1. Hels, so the rumours are quite true. Great story.

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    2. You only need to see the colour of Prince Charles' cheeks and nose to know that is true.

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  8. People are very surprised about me knowing so much of Melbourne or Australia, geography and now even the first train ! Call me Mrs. Wikipedia !

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    1. Gattina, it is great and personalised way to learn about the world.

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  9. An eclectic mixture of images that reveal your understandable Melbourne pride and your ongoing interest in transport. I have no idea who the brooding young fellow was. Was it you a few years back?

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    1. YP, the hint for the photo is Vera.

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  10. Hair, What A Brilliant Movie - My Buddy Rob Was At The MCG For The Demons Win - Sent A Few Pix via WhatsApp - Made Me Think Of The Two Of You - Fabulous Post Today - Enjoy The Upcoming Week

    Cheers

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    1. Padre, how cool and its a nice connection.

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  11. I tried using Google image search to identify the picture of the cute guy with the gorgeous hair but didn't get any results. Mysterious! The file is called "SdaSec(5)," which seems like it might provide some clues, but when I Google that all I get is Seventh-Day Adventists, which seems unlikely!

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    1. Steve, SdaSec is this weeks abbreviation for Sunday Selections. Like to YP, think Vera.

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    2. Oh of course! I should have figured that out. Bad detective skills! LOL

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  12. I love Mrs Bucket, I should imagine Patricia Routledge would be tres amusing. Love the old black and white photos ❤️ Intrigued to know where you are off to in that super comfy cool train Andrew. I like the sound of train travel, the elevation is perfect 😀

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    1. Grace, it runs from Brisbane to Cairns.

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  13. I like the mix you post, love the old pictures of what used to be. I didn't realize your building was so close to a lake.

    XO
    WWW

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    1. WWW, yes maybe ten minutes walk from here to the lake. We don't do it often enough.

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  14. Mrs. Bucket looks like a fun loving person. As for the long hair guy with the long eyebrow and distant look--no idea who he is. Those rail chairs look very comfortable. Are you going by train soon somewhere?

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    1. Strayer, we are thinking of July. Early days yet.

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  15. Love the Mardi Gras mail boxes!

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    1. MM, normally I think there is a group from Aus Post who march in the parade.

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  16. Boo-kaaaaaaaaaaaaaaayyyy! No to the train. I cannot imagine feeling comfortable pulling my seat out into a bed while people were walking up and down the aisle. Eeep.

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    1. Debby, so you want your own compartment then. Hope you can afford it.

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