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Swanston Street wall - 5th anniversary

posted 03.18 in news.

A few people have asked recently what ever came of the investigations into the wall collapse. For those not familiar, a long section of brick wall fell to the footpath at the C.U.B. site in Swanston Street one windy day late in March 2013.

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The wall, two years later

posted 04.15 in news.

Kegs lined up against the wall, c. 1980s (VHD) An old brick wall collapsed in central Melbourne two years ago, killing three young students walking past on a busy footpath. I cobbled together a history of the wall and published it. Then time...

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That fallen wall - part 3

posted 04.13 in news.

Perhaps read these first or things won’t make sense: FIRST POST SECOND POST Late last week I received a batch of photographs taken in 2010 and 2011. The sender wishes to remain anonymous. This was something of a relief as I had been scouring...

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That fallen wall - part 2

posted 04.13 in news.

A week ago three people died while they were walking down Swanston Street. One was a French research fellow at Monash. The other two were a young brother and sister on their way to the footy. I published a post about the wall that collapsed on...

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That fallen wall

posted 03.13 in news.

On Thursday afternoon two young pedestrians were killed by a falling brick wall in central Melbourne, and another 18 year old was ferried to hospital in a critical condition but died on Easter Sunday. This article tries to assemble some of the...

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A lack of zeal

posted 02.13 in news.

Driving past Waiheke Island’s new library construction site last month, I raised a bushy eyebrow on seeing the hoarding announcing Mainzeal Group as main contractor. I hadn’t seen their name anywhere for a very long while. I had thought...

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Hometown Boomtown

posted 11.11 in resources.

This TV documentary from 1983 guides us through the rapid changes in Wellington in the 1970s to earthquake proof the city, and build a motorway through it. Aside from the cheesy music, it’s pretty darn interesting for anyone with an...

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Fitzroy Gardens, again

posted 05.10 in news.

They really want to hang out in the past down at the Parks Branch. They’re about to bowl anything in Fitzroy Gardens that looks like it was built after 1939, after a spot of public consultation. They’ve lept on Heritage Victoria’s...

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The Fall

posted 05.10 in news.

Lonsdale House now looks like this… The facades of the ground floor shops have, rather eerily been left as a hoarding. And a few from the vaults: 2009 2009 2004 The five uncertain years in the lead up to the demolition...

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