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Melbourne Cricket Ground, MCG, The G, Australian Football League, AFL, footy, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, fotoeins.com

Fotoeins Friday: RTW10, thirty-five

10 years ago, I began an around-the-world (RTW) journey lasting 389 consecutive days, from 24 December 2011 to 15 January 2013 inclusive.

30 August 2012.

One of the greatest cathedrals in sport resides deep in the southern hemisphere.

Known throughout Australia and with much of the international sporting community, the Melbourne Cricket Ground is also known as the MCG, or more simply as “The G.” I’m on a guided tour of this massive sporting theatre whose capacity is 100-thousand people. Constructed in 1853, the G today is the largest stadium in the Southern Hemisphere and the 10th largest in the world.

I’m learning about the storied history of cricket at this venue. There’s no cricket in winter, and today there are four goal posts set up at each end of the oval field, as on-field preparations continue for tomorrow’s “footy” match between Hawthorn Hawks and West Coast Eagles in the 23rd and final round of the 2012 Australian Football League (AFL) Premiership season. At field-level, it’s easy to get lost within the expanse of the field and following the steady rise of the stands. A very fond wish is to come back inside the G and sit in the stands during the first week of summer, and witness live at least one day of the annual Boxing Day Test.

With the sudden passing of legendary Australia cricketer Shane Warne in March 2022, the Great Southern Stand at the MCG will be renamed the S.K. Warne Stand.

I made the image on 30 Aug 2012 with a Canon EOS450D (Rebel XSi) and these settings: 1/250-sec, f/8, ISO200, and 50mm focal length (80mm full-frame equivalent). This post appears on Fotoeins Fotografie at fotoeins DOT com as https://wp.me/p1BIdT-moy.

street art, Hosier Lane, Melbourne CBD, CBD, Melbourne, Australia, fotoeins.com, myRTW

Fotoeins Friday: the art of protest, Melbourne CBD

30 August 2012.

Street art covers the walls in Hosier Lane within Melbourne’s Central Business District. It is in fact the art of protest.

This painting does not carry social or sacred meaning nor hope for money as some primary source for justifying your pathetic needs.
Even though I appear ugly and misunderstood I’m treasurable to those that allow me to hang around.

At centre is the Australian Aboriginal Flag created by Harold Thomas and flown in July 1971 for the first time. The flag was proclaimed by the Australian Federal Government as an official Flag of Australia in 1995.


During my year-long RTW, I made this photo on 30 August 2012 with the Canon 450D, 50-prime, and the following settings: 1/15-sec, f/5, ISO800, and 50mm focal length (80mm full-frame equivalent). This post appears on Fotoeins Fotografie at fotoeins.com as http://wp.me/p1BIdT-a0M.

Royal Exhibition Building, Carlton Gardens, Carlton, Melbourne, VIC, Australia, fotoeins.com

Fotoeins Friday: Melbourne UNESCO WHS, Royal Exhibition Building & Carlton Gardens

On the northeastern edge of Melbourne’s downtown or central business district (CBD) is the suburb of Carlton. If you’re not already sipping coffee or noshing on some fine food in the area, you might otherwise miss a historically important green space which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site (WHS).

The Royal Exhibition Building and Carlton Gardens won UNESCO World Heritage Site status as well as Australia’s first National Historic Place in 2004. Neighbouring displays describe the site as:

This building was erected for the Melbourne International Exhibition, 1880-81. As a ‘Palace of Industry’, it displayed the technologies and achievements of the mechanical age. Huge temporary halls housed exhibits of the lates5 products from more than 30 nations. Pianos, typewriters, lawnmowers, electric lights, carriages, and decorative homewares were all on display. Public taste in Melbourne was changed forever. The 1880 International Exhibition was the greatest show the city had ever seen, and attracted over one million visitors. A second, even larger world fair, the Centennial International Exhibition, was staged here in 1888. The Royal Exhibition Building is the only surviving ‘Palace of Industry’ from a 19th-century world fair on its original site. The building is still in use as an exhibition venue.
In 2004 the Royal Exhibition Building and Carlton Gardens were inscribed upon the World Heritage List of the UNESCO ‘Convention concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage’. Inscription on this list confirms the outstanding universal value of a cultural or natural site that deserves protection for the benefit of all humanity. The Exhibition Building was designed by Joseph Reed and built by David Mitchell for the Melbourne International Exhibition, 1880-81. The building and its associated gardens are a rare intact reminder of the 19th-century international exhibitions movement, which showcased the products of the industrial revolution, promoted the wonders of the technological age, and fostered a global exchange of products and ideas.

The Royal Exhibition Building is managed as a part of Museum Victoria, the museum for the Australian state of Victoria. Carlton Gardens are managed by the City of Melbourne.

Royal Exhibition Building, UNESCO World Heritage Site, Carlton Gardens, Carlton, Melbourne, VIC, Australia, fotoeins.com

Royal Exhibition Building, UNESCO World Heritage Site

Royal Exhibition Building, UNESCO World Heritage Site, Carlton Gardens, Carlton, Melbourne, VIC, Australia, fotoeins.com

Royal Exhibition Building, UNESCO World Heritage Site

Melbourne Museum, Carlton Gardens, Carlton, Melbourne, VIC, Australia, fotoeins.com

Melbourne Museum, Carlton Gardens

How to Reach:

With Public Transport Victoria from the CBD, take tram 86 (to Bundoora RMIT) or tram 96 (to East Brunswick), and disembark the tram at stop “12 – Melbourne Museum/Nicholson St (Fitzroy)” (Gertrude St. and Nicholson St.).

I made the photos above on 28 December 2006 with a Canon PowerShot A510. This post appears on Fotoeins Fotopress at fotoeins.com as http://wp.me/p1BIdT-79G.

Melbourne, Australia, myRTW, fotoeins.com

Navigating Melbourne’s lanes for street art

In an earlier post, I’ve shown some work on display as street art in Adelaide in South Australia.

Over a period of four days in Melbourne, I wandered through lanes and streets to look for some representative street art in the Victorian state capital, some works which spoke of the people who live there. Would it be the same kind of art and/or messages I’d seen earlier in Adelaide? As always, the set of artists and their respective work hold unique value in each of the cities.


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The Croft Institute, Melbourne, VIC, Australia

Melbourne: gettin’ my drink on at Croft Institute

I’m with my friend, Belinda, on Little Bourke Street in the Chinatown area in Melbourne, Australia.

We make a turn off the street, and as I’m being led down a poorly-lit grungy alley with the sight of waste containers to the side, pools of stagnant water on the pavement, and the faint yet distinct smells of rotting food, I can’t help but wonder into what I’ve got myself now.

“Don’t worry,” she said.

“Famous last words,” I groused, only half-kidding.

At the end is a sign, indicating that there’s something here: a place to have a drink, or to come face-to-face with an ugly demise.

There are flasks, beakers, and tubing; old chemistry lab benches like high-school of old. And that’s where we’re going to prop ourselves after we fetch our drinks!

While the Croft Institute might appear like a Dr. Evil science-lab gone mad, in truth the only dangerous thing here are the beautifully delicious drinks.

The Croft Institute, Melbourne, VIC, Australia

The Croft Institute, Melbourne, VIC, Australia

The Croft Institute, Melbourne, VIC, Australia

The Croft Institute, Melbourne, VIC, Australia

The Croft Institute, Melbourne, VIC, Australia

The Croft Institute, Melbourne, VIC, Australia

The Croft Institute, Melbourne, VIC, Australia

Located at the end of Croft Alley just off Little Bourke Street in Melbourne’s Chinatown, The Croft Institute closed for good during the 2020-2022 Covid19 pandemic.

Disclosure: No Connection, Unpaid, My Own Opinions. I have not received any compensation for writing this content and I have no material connection to The Croft Institute. Thanks to BR who kindly led me to some of her favourite bars in Melbourne’s CBD. I made the photos on 27 August 2012. This post appears on Fotoeins Fotografie at fotoeins DOT com as http://wp.me/p1BIdT-2Vf.

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