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About Walking Melbourne
What is Walking Melbourne ?Walking Melbourne is a database of architecture and architects, past and present from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. For those who don't know much about Melbourne, visit 'City History' page and the 'Links' page
Walking Melbourne features dynamic content generated by a web database developed in open technologies (apache, linux, css, mysql, html & php). The database contains images and information on Melbourne buildings and encourages people to contribute to creating a knowledge base of our built environment.
Who started Walking Melbourne ?My name is Sean Fishlock, and I am the site maintainer and domain owner. The site began in late 2000, 6 months after I moved to Melbourne from Brisbane. I studied arts and architecture briefly at the University of Queensland before pursuing a career in Information Technology.
What inspired the website ?Frustration is a great motivator. The experience of spending hours on the net unable to find anything at all of interest about Melbourne buildings or architects. Walking Melbourne is also fuelled by a keen interest in the potential of web database programming. That was back in 2001, fortunately since then the web has expanded with plenty of info and I've developed a community and contacts which have greatly enriched my appreciation for this great city and its history.
What about the name ?The name 'Walking Melbourne' came from my endless walking to discover Melbourne's many fantastic hidden secrets. I had no idea until later that at least two books had used the name. Only one of these was about architecture.
How does one person get the time to do all this ?I wish I knew. Thanks though goes to the contributors of the site. Without their support I would have given up on this idea a long time ago. To have this site developed by someone else would have cost a small fortune. On top of this, there is a significant research aspect, and although I have spent many hours digging this info up, I am not an academic. Help has come in many ways, from programming tips, information, hosting, to ideas, corrections, contributions, pointers and encouragement.
Special ThanksThe following people have contributed significantly to the concept of Walking Melbourne (thanks to all for their ongoing support):
Support and Encouragement
Scott Davey, Guy King, John & Geoff Fitzpatrick, Lisa Taffe, Peter Johns, Alastair Taylor, Rohan Storey & The National Trust of Victoria
Thanks also to the many kind words of visitors to the site and all the regular posters on our vibrant forum.
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