A Travellerspoint blog

September 2015

Melbourne - Day 2

Monday 14 September 2015

It was a work day for Ian, so he was up early and on his way before anyone else was out of bed. After breakfast we went for a walk with Kirrily along the Yarra to the Swan Street Bridge then back along the other side of the river to the National Gallery of Victoria to see the Hermitage Exhibition. During our walk we got a good view of the Phoenix apartment building.

Masterpieces from the Hermitage: The Legacy of Catherine the Great showcases one of the world’s greatest art collections, features over 400 works from the personal collection of Catherine the Great. Catherine the Great’s reign from 1762 to 1796 was known as the golden age and is remembered for her exceptional patronage of the arts, literature and education. The exhibition was presented by the Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg, the National Gallery of Victoria and Art Exhibitions Australia.

After visiting the Exhibition we continued our walk along South Bank, then across the Yarra and on to the City Wine Shop in Spring Street for lunch. The Wine Shop operates as a wine bar and also trades as an up-market bottle shop. After lunch we checked out the grocer located next door and the cheese shop that operates in the basement. We tasted a few excellent cheeses before selecting a few for later in the evening.

Later in the evening we went out to dinner at Tonka - a restaurant at the end of a hidden laneway, that you would not find if you did not know where it was. The name, Tonka, pays homage to the building which was the former home of the iconic Melbourne nightclub, Honky Tonks.
Tonka embraces two quintessential Melbourne perspectives. Firstly, its famous laneway culture with the casual Tonka Bar where cocktails and tastes from the Tandoor are offered in a relaxed non-reservation area. The second aspect begins with a walk through the kitchen which leads to the dining room, Tonka. Once again we shared a few platters to get a taste of the various offerings that explore Indian techniques and flavours.

Back at the apartment we got out the cheese purchased from earlier in the day to have with a few red wines.

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The thinnest high rise in Melbourne - 6.7 m wide by 23.4 m deep and 88 metres high.

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Barbeque on the balcony.

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Phoenix Building from the other side of the Yarra River.

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Kirrily and Di with the Phoenix Building in the background.

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Rowing sheds on the Yarra River.

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National Gallery of Victoria.

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Fountain outside the National Gallery of Victoria.

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Catherine the Great.

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Any-one for dinner?

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The Adoration of the Magi by Peter Paul Reubens.

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Birds in a Park - looks like George has been to St Petersburg.

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Destruction of the Turkish Fleet.

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King Charles 1 and Queen Henrietta Maria by Van Dyck.

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CPA Building on South Bank.

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Teatro Restaurant - empty today, packed yesterday.

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View from South Bank.

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Melbourne - Day 1

Sunday 13 September 2015

In the morning we drove to the Prahran Markets for some Prawns and Tassie Scallops for dinner that night. We also got the makings of a salad to have with the seafood.

Later we walked over to Southbank and had lunch at the Teatro Restaurant where we shared a few platters. The place is quite popular and was packed on a Sunday.

Back at the apartment we cooked the seafood on the barbeque and served them with a salad and a few bottles of wine.

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The Back of Federation Square.

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Looking across the Yarra to the Botanical Gardens.

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Rail approaches to Flinders Street Station.

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Clock Tower on the Forum Building.

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Flinders Street Station by day.

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Port Phillip Bay in the distance.

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The MCG by day.

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The view from the apartment.

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Another view from the apartment.

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Yet another view from the apartment.

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Another sunset in Melbourne.

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Prawns and Tassie Scallops for dinner.

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Rutherglen to Melbourne

Saturday 12 September 2015

Once again we were on the road fairly early for a 300 km drive to Melbourne. Being Saturday the traffic was fairly light until we got to the outskirts of Melbourne, where we turned west onto the Ring Road then east onto the Great Western Highway. We stopped for fuel and an early lunch at the Tallarook Service Centre and arrived at the Ashley Gardens Big4 Caravan Park and booked in for four nights. We were allocated drive though site 78 which was longer than most and it allowed us to stay hitched up for our stay as we would not be using the Navara during our stay in Melbourne.

Later in the afternoon Kirrily called by to pick us up and drive us to their apartment in the city. Ian and Kirrily have recently moved into an apartment in the Phoenix Building in the City. The building is the thinnest high rise building in the City, and is 6.7 m wide, 24.3 m deep, and 88 metres high. Each apartment takes up one floor. The building is on the site of the Phoenix Hotel. Former Collingwood footballer and footy commentator Lou Richards operated the Phoenix Hotel at 82 Flinders Street after retiring from footy in the mid-1950s. He and his wife, Edna, sold the bar in 1993.

Kirrily and Ian had a Birthday Party to attend so we had a few drinks and nibbles with them before the left. David and Di walked around the block looking for a place to have a meal. First stop was Meatballs, which we had heard about on the radio during the morning. But being the latest trendy place for a meal, it was crowded, noisy and dimly lit - you could not hold a conversation or read the menu - so we moved on to the Duke of Wellington Hotel for a meal in the Bistro.

All of the photos are from Kirrily and Ian's apartment.

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Sunset in Melbourne.

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MCG lit up for an AFL Game.

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Rod Laver Arena and AAMI Stadium.

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Flinders Street Station.

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Looking towards Port Phillip Bay.

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Canberra to Rutherglen

Friday 11 September 2015

Weather forecast was good today - 6 to 19 degrees and sunny in Canberra, and 8 to 19 degrees and mainly sunny in Rutherglen.

We were packed up and on the road by 8:45 am today for a 380 km trip to Rutherglen. The road from Canberra to Yass leaves a bit to be desired - single lane and quite bumpy in places. But once out on the Hume Highway it was dual carriage-way all the way to the turn-off to Rutherglen. The traffic was quite light with very few trucks, which made it a quite enjoyable drive.

We stopped for a coffee in a rest area just south of Gundagai and stopped again for fuel and lunch at Holbrook. We arrived at Rutherglen at about 2:45 pm and booked in for one night. After setting up Di did a few domestic duties while David paid a visit to Campbell's Winery for a mixed carton of their best wines. Just after David arrived at the winery a bus load of people from a retirement home arrived - David thinks that he bought more wine than the whole bus load.

No photos today.

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Australian War Memorial in Canberra

Thursday 10 September 2014

The plan for today was to visit the Australian War Memorial so Di could find the name of her great uncle Leslie James Corrigan on the Roll of Honour.

Leslie James Corrigan had served with the Tasmanian Bushmen in the Boer War in 1900 - 02, and enlisted again in October 1914 with the 3rd Australian Light Horse Regiment, and served at Gallipoli from May 1915. On 30 August 1915 he received a serious gun shot wound to the head at Quinn's Post and was evacuated to hospital in Alexandria. The Light Horse were sent to Palestine after the withdrawal from Gallipoli at the end of 1915 and were reunited with their horses. He re-joined his Regiment in May 1916 and was again wounded in action at the Battle of Romani. He died of malignant malaria on 24 October 1918, a few weeks before the end of the war, and is buried in the Jerusalem War Cemetery in Israel.

When we arrived at the memorial we joined a tour of the WW1 and WW2 galleries with a volunteer guide who was a walking encyclopaedia on the Memorial and its contents. After our conducted tour, we had lunch at the restaurant, then returned to spend more time in the World War 1 Gallery, before moving on to the WW2 Gallery, and the Hall of Valour that celebrates the recipients of the Victoria Cross.

There were two stand out winners of the Victoria Cross:

Albert Jacka was the first Australian to be decorated with the VC during the First World War, receiving the medal for his actions during the Gallipoli Campaign. He later served on the Western Front and was twice further decorated with the Military Cross for his bravery in actions that were both considered the equal of his VC award.

Keith Payne served in Korea, Malaya, Vietnam and Dhofor, winning a VC for an action in Vietnam. He holds more than twenty awards and service medals that are displayed at the War Memorial. While David was reading his service record, two 12 year old boys in school uniforms sidled up and decided that "This guy must have done something awesome". I think that they all did something awesome.

Another person who is celebrated at the Memorial but did not receive a VC is Ordinary Seaman Edward Sheean who was born at Barrington in Tasmania. Sheean served aboard HMAS Armidale as she initially took part in escort duties along the eastern Australian coast, in New Guinea waters, before the Armidale was tasked with assisting Australian operations in Timor. During a subsequent confrontation with thirteen Japanese aircraft on 1 December, Armidale was struck by two torpedoes and a bomb, and began to sink; and the order to abandon ship was given.

After helping to free a life-raft, Sheean was wounded by two bullets. He made his way to the aft Oerlikon 20 mm cannon and began to fire on the Japanese aircraft to protect those in the water. Sheean managed to shoot down one of the Japanese bombers, and was still firing the gun as the Armidale sank. Many of the survivors credited their life to Sheean and he was posthumously Mentioned in Despatches.

On 1 May 1999, the submarine HMAS Sheean was launched by Ivy Hayes (sister of Teddy Sheean) named in the ordinary seaman's honour. HMAS Sheean was subsequently commissioned into the Royal Australian Navy on 23 February 2001, and was the first Royal Australian Navy vessel to be named in honour of a naval rating and efforts have been made to have Sheean belatedly awarded the Victoria Cross for Australia.

A number of aircraft are on display at the War Memorial including a Lancaster Bomber. The Avro Lancaster B1, known as "G for George", has a remarkable history. "G for George" flew ninety operational missions over Germany and occupied Europe during the height of the bomber offensive. From the time it was built in 1942 until its retirement from active service in 1944, the bomber was flown by No. 460 Squadron RAAF. At that time the average life of a Lancaster on bombing missions was about three months. A dramatic sound and light show re-creates a night bombing operation over Berlin in December 1943.

On the way out of the War Memorial Di found a photo of Prince Harry with a young re-headed boy - Red heads Rule.

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Old and New Parliament House from the steps of the War Memorial.

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Australian War Memorial Entrance.

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Di with the Statue of Simpson and his Donkey.

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Pool of Reflection.

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Eternal Flame.

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Ceiling of the Hall of Memory.

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Australian Light Horse depicted in the centre panel of a window of the Hall of Memory.

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Australian nurse depicted in the centre panel of a window of the Hall of Memory.

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Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

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World War 1 Roll of Honour.

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L J Corrigan on panel 3 of the WW 1 Roll of Honour.

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Crew of HMAS Armidale including Teddy Sheean.

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Painting of Teddy Sheean strapped to his Oerlikon Gun.

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Lancaster G for George.

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Red Heads Rule.

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