Secrets of the Mornington Peninsula: Tyabb Packing House

Travel: Mornington Peninsula’s Antiques Roadshow at the Tyabb Packing House

The Mornington Peninsula (where I hail from originally) is located in the S.E tip of Port Phillip Bay, about 1 hour's drive outside of Melbourne.  It's a sundrenched and beachy part of Melbourne which features serene and quiet, toddler friendly beaches in sheltered Port Phillip Bay, along with colourful bathing boxes. On the other side…

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Train and tram-spotting in Melbourne back in the olden days

Train and tram-spotting in Melbourne back in the olden days

Here are two handsome maps of Melbourne's public transport from the previous century. In equal parts loved and loathed by locals, public transport in Melbourne is slow, expensive and unreliable and yet anyone who has ever lived in Melbourne (and who has moved away for long enough to not deal with it on a daily…

Documentary: Australia in the year 2020 (as envisaged in 1990)

This documentary from the late 80's/early 90's Australia offers fascinating insights into what the pre-internet world thought the new century i.e. right now would be like. As a child I remember watching this TV show and pondering about what 202o would be like. It felt like a pipedream to me, as inconceivable as driving a moon rocket…

The Iconic & Subversive Oz Magazine – In all its Psychadelic Glory

OZ magazine was published in Australia and London between 1963 and 1973 and under the stewardship of Richard Neville and later also Jim Anderson and Felix Dennis. This magazine left the door wide open for everything wild, illegal, outrageous, radical and until then largely unimaginable. OZ magazine is reproduced by permission of Richard Neville in…

Every Picture Tells A Story: Cracking Open a Keg on Cockatoo Island, 1925.

Every Picture Tells A Story: Cracking Open a Keg on Cockatoo Island, 1925.

Here's the auspicious launching of the HMAS Warrego II a Cockatoo Island Dockyard in Sydney Harbour circa 1925. Trainspotters here will remember that I did a post a few years ago about the creepy and now largely abandoned Cockatoo Island and it's industrial relics. Read it here. Well this photo recalls when Cockatoo Island was in…

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The quirky origins of Australia’s native animal names

Although I thought that the cockatoo was an Aboriginal word, it's not! Its a relic of the first Europeans visiting the spice isles of Maluku (now Malaysia) in the 15th Century. They had birds there akin to cassowaries and cockatoos. Other well-known Aboriginal-sounding names are in fact from abroad as well. ‘Bandicoot’: an Indian name…

What's Your Favourite Smell? Mine Is Petrichor

What’s Your Favourite Smell? Mine Is Petrichor

So basically, the CSIRO (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation) in Australia have invented a truckload of good things. Insect repellent was one - out of necessity in  Australia no doubt. Polymer banknotes was another, and so was WiFi. But probably their most esoteric and weird invention was a word to describe a smell. Petrichor.…

Treasures to Love and Adore: Smith Journal

Treasures to Love and Adore: Smith Journal

In the magazine publishing world nowadays, it takes a good deal of creativity and originality to be able to stand out and make revenue.  This Australian magazine is built upon solid foundations of authenticity. From cover to cover it's high quality. What makes it so great is there is a subtle harmony of beautiful design…

A Lovely Bunch of Coconuts: Cheeky Fruit and Veg Boxes by Australian Farmers

A Lovely Bunch of Coconuts: Cheeky Fruit and Veg Boxes by Australian Farmers

A word of warning: fruit and vegetable packaging in Australia is bright, risque, cheeky and just plain weird. Some feature cheeky innuendo like the upturned erect bananas on Dicko's Bananas or a box of melons with a buxom 50's babe on the box. Others are verge on hallucinogenic, like Dimbulah's Srhoj Citrus featuring happy-faced citrus fruits…

Impossibly Beautiful Marine Life in Sydney Harbour – Part 4

Impossibly Beautiful Marine Life in Sydney Harbour – Part 4

So far I have lovingly described a lot of Sydney natives who live under the sea. In our final of the series I look at the Gloomy Octopus and Eastern Blue Devil Fish, two of the most reclusive, mysterious and strangely beautiful residents of Sydney Harbour. I hope that you've enjoyed this series on Impossibly…

Impossibly Beautiful Marine Life in Sydney Harbour – Part 3

Impossibly Beautiful Marine Life in Sydney Harbour – Part 3

As promised, here are more amazing creatures both big and small who call Sydney Harbour home. Although if you are planning on a snorkelling or diving expedition, be aware that most of these creatures will be elusive, shy and unwilling to interact with you. Seahorse Seahorses are gorgeous, mystical and delicate creatures. They have captivated…

Samantha Harris: Fashionista and Soulful Sister

Samantha Harris: Fashionista and Soulful Sister

Samantha Harris was discovered as a finalist in a Girlfriend magazine modelling competition at age 13. Her Aboriginal, German, Dutch and Australian mixed ancestry has given her a dramatic and unique kind of beauty. Golden brown skin and perfect bone structure along with huge brown eyes, an impossibly cute nose and lush full lips. Samantha…

The Purgatory of Good and Bad Choices: Vintage Criminal Portraits

The Purgatory of Good and Bad Choices: Vintage Criminal Portraits

These photos of Australian female criminals come from a series taken between 1910 and 1930 by the NSW police. For the benefit of the modern-day reader, a surprising amount of detail remains of the subjects' stories. Unlike a typical mug shot, these women were allowed or perhaps even encouraged, to compose themselves or position themselves in…

Impossibly Beautiful Sea Life of Sydney Harbour – Part 2

Welcome to Part 2 of Impossibly Beautiful Sea Life of Sydney Harbour. There was just so much to cover when it comes to local marine life, that we thought it best to do a thorough four part expose on Sydney's most glittering and flirtatious residents - aside from the drag queens, that is!   Port…

Welcome to Melbourne's Rapidly Vanishing World

Welcome to Melbourne’s Rapidly Vanishing World

In just about any city, formerly unfashionable places undergo rapid revamps. Suddenly overnight, these shabby, overlooked places become cool. It's a fickle and inevitable transformation. A sublimination and muting of tastes into the oblivion of current fashion. This is the case in Melbourne's western suburbs: Altona, Seddon, Footscray, Yarraville, Sunshine and Newport. Every city with…

Impossibly Beautiful Marine Life in Sydney Harbour – Part 4

Impossibly Beautiful Sea Life of Sydney Harbour – Part 1

In case you've been living under a rock in the harbour, you will know that Sydney offers some amazing snorkelling and scuba diving opportunities. It's a really clean body of water. The proof is in the snorkelling too. A recent study revealed that Sydney harbour has more marine species than any other harbour in the…

Tony Abbott goes on an orgy of embarrassment

Tony Abbott goes on an orgy of embarrassment

Tony Abbott is the Prime Minister of Australia. He is also known as the Idiot Abroad or Tony No Friends because of his embarrassing behaviour in the US, France and Canada. His gaffes, stupid comments and obvious lack of integrity have become fodder for comedians across the world. Here's a brief run through of his…