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PostPosted: 20 Oct 2004, 23:16 
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Postcards and other images of St.Kilda from the past

From St. Kilda to King’s Cross.
Paul Kelly

From St Kilda to Kings Cross is thirteen hours on a bus
I pressed my face against the glass and watched the white lines rushing past
And all around me felt like all inside me
And my body left me and my soul went running

Have you ever seen Kings Cross when the rain is falling soft?
I came in on the evening bus, from Oxford Street I cut across
And if the rain don't fall too hard everything shines just like a postcard
Everything goes on just the same

Fair-weather friends are the hungriest friends
I keep my mouth well shut, I cross their open hands

I want to see the sun go down from St Kilda Esplanade
Where the beach needs reconstruction, where the palm trees have it hard
I'd give you all of Sydney Harbour (all that land, all that water)
For that one sweet promenade

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Above and below, St.Kilda Junction before demolition of the southern side of High Street and name-change to St.Kilda Road.

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It's amazing to see so much has changed in St Kilda, yet so much has stayed the same, if you catch my drift.
Having lived here for the past 4 years, you notice all the old summer mansions that have been here for ever and how well maintained they are (most) and the old apartments up Fitzroy Street which have been maintained and still fetch a pretty penny because they are "old".


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PostPosted: 16 Dec 2004, 08:59 
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I'd love to see The George restored to the condition it is in here (dome and flagpole reinstated, balustrades fixed and a much needed coat of paint).

Unfortunately since it was subdivided into apartments and commercial (hotel) with only some minor internal restoration done, this is unlikely. I doubt that the investors would pay the excessive body corporate fees and I fear that the inside of the building may look great, but the outside may eventually crumble to its bluestone foundations.

Unless there is some sort of heritage grant (like what the Biltmore in South Melbourne received), which I think it should get, then this will be the eventual result.

Having said this, the apartments in this building do seem to get continued interest in the market from occupiers.


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Yeah, I always sit at the traffic lights and imagine what that grand ol' lady would look like with a clean lick of white paint and the balustrading redone and that dome with a flag on top that hadn't been torn to shreds by the Southerlies!

It is interesting to note that all the 4 buildings on that corner are still intact, albeit a couple of minor additions.

Too bad no pictures where taken of the French embassy a couple of doors down from there before it was closed in by "new" additions in the front, an amazing old building which even though not visible from the street is still keep beautifully intact, it recently sold for 1.5 mill!


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Above, St. Kilda’s Luna Park is the world’s oldest amusement park under private management.
The landmark opened in 1912 on the site of ‘Dreamworld’ that closed in 1909.

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Above, Luna Park in the 1960s, and the next four below, the changing face of Luna Park.

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Above and below, we see two recent St. Kilda aerials.

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“I'd give you all of Sydney Harbour (all that land, all that water)
For that one sweet promenade”. :cool:

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Three more postcards from the past.

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