Columns articles

Where “Chloe” once hung 

By David Thompson, Royal Historial Society of Victoria The curious passer-by in Lonsdale St may wonder why an old-fashioned pair of wrought iron gates, slung between two stone pillars, stand in splendid isolation beside the modern office buildings at No. 460.  A closer look will reveal the word “Rostella” amongst the moss and other growths

Totally connected

By Kathryn Lewis  Michael Skubevski and his Border Collie, South Paw, are about as close as an owner and pet can get.  Wandering through Flagstaff Gardens, South Paw does not appear to have an owner. The lead in Mr Skubevski’s hand is the only giveaway of where he belongs. But the pair does everything together,

Make your vote count

By We Live Here A by-election for the vacant position of lord mayor will be held in May. It will be conducted entirely by postal voting, with ballot packs mailed to voters between Monday, April 23 and Thursday, April 26. Your ballot paper must be returned, either by mail or delivered in person to the

Space Debris Office

By Chris Mineral Ava Gardner, Monaco Club 1954, height of summer, watching Quincy Jones on the bandstand conducting the orchestra.  Everyone is waiting for Frank Sinatra. Commotion at the back of the club, gigawattage spotlight finds Frank Sinatra there, he is in meet-and-greet mode. Frank and Ava look at one another … Courtney and Dave

Biggest archaeology digs to get underway 

Last month attention turned to exploring what historical artifacts might be found at Metro Tunnel works sites. State Library Station  Following the completion of building demolition on the corner of Swanston and LaTrobe streets, preparations for the state’s biggest archaeological investigations have started. The preparatory work includes initial archaeological assessments of the ground conditions to

Laneways are not all green

By Sue Saunders, Residents 3000 There are some beautiful laneways in the city of Melbourne.   There are cosy corners to stop for coffee or wander amongst boutique shops whilst admiring the leafy trees and shrubs all around.  Many of the famous lanes have interesting old buildings that add character and a warm connection to

Letters to the Editor – May 2018

Lights out Hats off to the city council for rejecting applications for illuminated high-wall promotional signs along the Yarra. The invasive and coarse light of these advertisements creeps in through the bedroom windows of CBD residents at night. Let Melbourne maintain its sense of decency and prevent it from becoming just another city overrun by

Someone is following

By Rhonda Dredge The Shoalhaven area up the east coast holds a special place in the hearts of even the most jaded nature watchers.  Sea eagles soar, shags sit on rocks and kingfish swim just offshore at dawn. Even humans have left their strange detritus in a series of shipwrecks memorialised in legend. A recent

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