Is Labor genuine about building Melbourne Metro?
There’s an excellent article by Zora Simic on The Conversation website that locates Clare Wright’s much acclaimed book Forgotten Rebels of Eureka (see my review here) within other feminist Australian histories over the past forty years. She refers specifically to … Continue reading ?
Just for once I’d like the City of Yarra to demonstrate that it understands the consequences of its actions and thus that it makes considered decisions when spending ratepayers’ money. The latest example of their extreme incompetence...Show More Summary
How much does the public know about transport projects?
The City of Yarra has decided that the next new years eve celebration in Edinburgh Gardens in North Fitzroy will be alcohol free. This is in response to the repeated trashing of the gardens in recent years on new years eve and Australia...Show More Summary
I went to the National Gallery of Victoria a couple of weeks ago for their Italian Masterpieces exhibition and I SAW THE PAINTINGS. “Why the capital letters, bold type and red letters?” you might ask. Because there was a large … Continue reading ?
I woke yesterday to notice a couple of tweets suggesting that the Astor Cinema would close next year. I’m not surprised. The cinema business has evidently been unviable for many years, even given the reportedly modest rent the cinema currently pays.… This post was first published on Fitzroyalty. © Brian Ward.
I don’t think I’ve seen so many Fitzroy hospitality and retail businesses for sale, or vacant properties for lease, at the same time. These are all in addition to ones I’ve already written about, such as the former Oven pizza, the former convenience store next door, the bike shop and the former Django Django cafe.… This post was first published on Fitzroyalty. © Brian Ward.
303 p. & notes, 2007 Now THIS is the sort of history I want to write! I’ve had this book on my shelves for years, ever since I began writing my thesis. It takes just the approach that I want … Continue reading ?
Another closure on Smith St. The previously well regarded Vilom Thai closed and was replaced by or rebranded as Inter Thai in late 2012 but it has lasted less than two years. The arrival of Buubbub Burmese / Thai a few doors away a few months before this changeover may have doomed it and Buubbub remains.… This post was first published on Fitzroyalty. © Brian Ward.
Over the last few days I’ve watched the creation of a giant new mural on the Leicester St side wall of Nobody jeans on the corner of Brunswick St. This morning someone emailed me with photos of what appeared to be graffiti cleaners spraying the just completed mural with a white substance.… This post was first published on Fitzroyalty. © Brian Ward.
Does the gong for ‘world’s most liveable city’ mean anything?
I’ve only eaten one Philly cheesesteak before, and it was a terrible introduction. It was at a random Manhattan diner and it was unappetising and generally rubbish. I left feeling disappointed and slightly queasy and didn’t expect to eat one ever again.… This post was first published on Fitzroyalty. © Brian Ward.
When I read this interview by journalist Jana Wendt with Inga Clendinnen – my most revered historian- I didn’t know whether to smile or weep. To be honest, I did both.
Who gives a shit about public transport users?
I’ve been thinking about signing up for a share car service, but I don’t know which one to join. Flexicar, Goget and Green Share Car all have cars located in Fitzroy. There’s also Car Next Door, where the business model is people provide...Show More Summary
Fuel excise indexation: is the key issue low incomes?
The City of Yarra Libraries has just reprinted a few hundred copies of Fitzroy: Melbourne’s First Suburb, a history of Fitzroy that’s been out of print for years and impossible to find in secondhand bookshops. It’s on sale at any branch of Yarra Libraries for $55.… This post was first published on Fitzroyalty. © Brian Ward.
The Friends of the Hudad is a local charity that is organising a benefit to raise money to build a school in the mountains above Lalibela, Ethiopia. The event is on Saturday 23 August at 75 on Reid, which is located at 75 Reid St, North Fitzroy, from 4-8pm.… This post was first published on Fitzroyalty. © Brian Ward.