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  • The unluckiest cinema in Balwyn

    Picture theatres were once a much more common sight around the middle suburbs of Melbourne. Suburbs that were in development throughout the 1920s and 1940s could have several different venues in close…

  • From white to grey – a little bit of North Balwyn history

    At only 1.6 kilometres, Greythorn Road is one of the shortest main roads in Boroondara. View Larger Map It shares its name with Greythorn, a locality within North Balwyn. There aren’t any…

  • Why gunzels should want more rail trails

    I have been a member of a few rail enthusiast groups on Facebook for several years. Something that happens in these groups almost every fortnight is that someone will post about a…

  • How to improve PTV disruption information

    Despite some recent changes, I think there is still a lot of work to be done to improve the quality and accessibility of rail disruption information in Melbourne. Consider the main ‘Disruptions’…

  • The right to photograph trains?

    Taking photos of places and objects that I find interesting is one of my favourite things to do. I have spent five years uploading over 14,000 photos to my Flickr account, most…

  • What is the shortest road name in Victoria?

    The Victorian Government data portal has lots of great information available for anyone to use. One of the more commonly-used datasets is the Vicmap Transport series, especially the one containing information on…

  • What is the longest road name in Victoria?

    The Victorian Government data portal has lots of great information available for anyone to use. One of the more commonly-used datasets is the Vicmap Transport series, especially the one containing information on…

  • My advice for people who are new to riding bikes during COVID-19

    There has been a huge explosion in the number of people riding bikes during the COVID-19 pandemic – especially during lockdown. Some of the numbers that we’re seeing are pretty incredible. Update…

  • 75th anniversary of the end of the Second World War

    15 August 2020 marks the 75th anniversary of the surrender of Japan in Australia. This is considered the end of the Second World War and is referred to here as Victory in…

  • The tank that Australia built

    The story of Australia’s first locally-designed and manufactured tank is a fascinating one. I think that it’s an overlooked part of our history that deserves more recognition than it currently has. (Post…