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This Week in Port Phillip 1841: 24 to 28 February 1841

There were complaints about the muddy state of Elizabeth Street right from the start. During the past week we have received several communications from our fellow townsmen relative to street nuisances which at the present time, when disease and death … Continue reading ?

Birdman Eating on Gertrude St has closed

There’s been no official announcement, but after waiting for quite a while I’m calling this one. Birdman Eating has closed. It had its windows papered over in the new year. I initially thought it would be for renovations or a refresh,...Show More Summary

‘High Seas and High Teas’ by Roslyn Russell

High Seas & High Teas: Voyaging to Australia 213 P & notes, 2016, NLA Publishing With the recent emphasis on ‘illegal boat arrivals’ in Australia in recent years, it has often been pointed out that, with the exception of indigenous … Continue reading ?

Farewell Ellie McPelly Belly: a tribute to a little black and white dog

You were the biggest puppy in our first litter  and you were (as far as we know) the last one standing. You were always good natured except when fighting with your sister over the meerkat dolly purchased from Melbourne Zoo. … Continue reading ?

Pireaus Blues on Brunswick St is closing

Pireaus Blues, which opened in 1995 and is one of the longest running restaurants on Brunswick St, is closing if the real estate sign on the roof is to be believed. That may be a relief to nearby (and relative newcomer) Alpha Ouzeri but a shame for diners.… This post was first published on Fitzroyalty. © Brian Ward.

Movie: Hail, Caesar

Mr Judge rarely wants to accompany me to the movies, but if its a Coen Brothers movie, then that’s different. So there were both were, frocked up to see Hail, Caesar! Hail, Caesar is like a mash-up of every 1950s … Continue reading ...

This Week in Port Phillip 16-23 February

THE POST OFFICE Perhaps the approval of the new post office was conferred too readily, because complaints began to be voiced about the ‘penny wise pound foolish’ approach being undertaken in building the first post office. In particular, there were … Continue reading ?

The Commoner has closed

Formerly Fitzroy’s best restaurant, The Commoner on Johnston St has recently closed without warning. It was sold by the founding owners about a year go I think, and a couple of years before that it suffered a serious fire. I’ve had some...Show More Summary

Movie: Carol

This is a beautifully shot, slow movie, based on Patricia Highsmith’s long-ago novel. lt seems as if I’ve been seeing trailers at the Nova advertising Carol for months and I felt as if I knew what the story was going to … Continue reading ?

This Week in Port Phillip 1841: February 8-15

HENRY DENDY ARRIVES During this week Mr Henry Dendy arrived from England, bearing an entitlement to select 5120 acres of Port Phillip land under the Special Survey legislation that had been enacted in England.  This legislation enabled prospective settlers, while … Continue reading ?

‘Leap’ by Myfanwy Jones

2015, 324 p. There are two epigraphs to this book. The first is from Emily Dickenson on the weariness of grief. The second is from Parkourpedia the online encyclopedia of parkour, the practice of running and leaping on urban structures. … Continue reading ?

green Rainbow hotel wall

The beer garden at the back of the Rainbow hotel on St David St has an amazing new wall, presumably with improved sound deflection qualities. I love the old and the new side by side. … This post was first published on Fitzroyalty. © Brian Ward.

bad example

This appeared recently on Webb St near the corner of Smith St. An image search suggests it is based on an image of Attila the Hun from the Nuremberg Chronicle of 1493. Interpretations please? … This post was first published on Fitzroyalty. © Brian Ward.

Off yet again to the Land of Increasing Sunshine

I have embraced my new vocation as a Lady’s Travelling Companion, and am off to Perth, Singapore, Mumbai en route (circuitously) to Nairobi. I have taken up writing about my travels, with some hesitation, on my earlier blog The Land … Continue reading ?

Vale John Hirst

Australian historian John Hirst died on 5th February. I remember seeing his name on his door in the history department when I first did undergraduate history at La Trobe in the 1970s, but I sailed through a B. A. without … Continue reading ?

dinner at Teta Mona in East Brunswick

I’ve been very late to the Teta Mona party. They’ve been providing homecooked style Lebanese food in a charming space on Lygon St East Brunswick for about two years. It’s a bit further south than the somewhat similar and established Rumi.… This post was first published on Fitzroyalty. © Brian Ward.

‘The Eighties’ by Frank Bongiorno

The Eighties: The Decade That Transformed Australia 2015, 368 p. I’m kicking myself that I didn’t write this review earlier- or if I did, I can’t find it. I must confess to a sense of deja vu with every sentence … Continue reading ?

farewell Little Creatures

Little Creatures was an ambitious addition to Brunswick St when it opened seven and a half years ago. It closed last week after the company established a combined brewery and hospitality venue in Geelong, which replicates the concept of their original Fremantle venue.… This post was first published on Fitzroyalty. © Brian Ward.

Movie: Spotlight

Set in Boston in 2001, this film explores the exposure by the Boston Globe of the widescale abuse of children by Catholic clergy, and the part of Cardinal Law in covering it up. I enjoyed this much more than ‘Truth‘, … Continue reading ?

an afternoon in the Yarra Valley with Arkley, cider and cheese

The Howard Arkley exhibition at Tarrawarra Mueseum of Art in the Yarra Valley is excellent and I highly recommend it. I knew only the suburban house paintings and it was fascinating to see the breadth of his work. I was particularlyShow More Summary

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