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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

Where to go:

The Croft Institute is located at the end of Croft Alley, off Little Bourke Street in Melbourne’s Chinatown.

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 Belinda Richardson 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 Fotopress at fotoeins.com as http://wp.me/p1BIdT-2Vf.

Airside at Australia airports (domestic flights)

At Australian airports, passengers on domestic flights are allowed to pass through security from “landside” to “airside” without a boarding pass in hand. Having become accustomed to travel in North American and European airports, Australia’s policy is both refreshing and startling.

And it saved my butt.

It’s 31 August 2012, and I check out at 10am from my apartment in Melbourne’s Central Business District (CBD). With my Qantas flight to Sydney at 9pm, I’m looking forward to getting some work done in the airline’s lounge at the airport. I’ve maintained Platinum status with American Airlines, which is equivalent to Sapphire on oneworld. My present frequent-flyer status qualifies me to use their Qantas Club lounge in the domestic terminal.

I’m not in any rush, and I arrive just after 11am at Melbourne airport’s Terminal 1, thanks to Skybus‘ shuttle pickup from the CBD to Southern Cross train-station and their coach service from the train-station to the airport.

I’m unable to check-in to my flight at one of the many computerized check-in booths. A couple of customer service agents provide some help, and they tell me that my flight (scheduled to leave in 10 hours time) is not yet open to check my luggage. I’m not really surprised by this.

I want to use the lounge which can only be accessed airside (post-security), and I can’t walk on through airside, because I’ve a number of items which must go into checked luggage. Am I going to lug around my 20-kg (44-lb) piece of luggage for the next 10 hours? That would be a big fat NO.

So now I have two issues:

  1. Where can I store my luggage if I’m going airside to access the Qantas lounge?
  2. Will I be able to go through security without a boarding pass?

I ask around about storage, and I walk over to the arrivals level of the international terminal (T2) next door, where my luggage is put away into storage for up to 8 hours at a cost of $12 AUD. I can live with that.

I return to the T1 domestic terminal, and head on up to the security-screening area on the departures level. Within minutes, I’m airside. It’s important to note here that I still have NOT checked into my flight, and I don’t have a boarding pass, but I’m sitting in the Qantas Club lounge, where I start typing up this present article.

430pm rolls around, and I reverse the process.

I step back out landside (pre-security), fetch my luggage from storage, check-in successfully for my 9pm flight, retrieve my boarding pass, and my luggage is off on its merry way to the plane. I go back through airside, and return to the Qantas Club lounge.

My bag was stored from about 1130am to 430pm, which put the storage “rate” at $12 AUD by 5 hours, or $2.40 AUD/hour.

Sweet. As.

The seat in the Qantas Club lounge I vacated about an hour ago (to check-in to my flight) remains empty, as if it’s “waiting” for me. But this time, I’m going to have ham, cheese, salad, and soup for a light dinner, courtesy of the lounge.

Time comes around to board, it’s a short walk to the gate, and it’s an easy 1-hour-25-minute flight to Sydney, where CityRail awaits for the return trip to the place where I’m staying.

Qantas Club Lounge, Melbourne Airport

This post appears on Fotoeins Fotopress at fotoeins.com.

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