From Footscray in the east to Fremantle in the west, Australia's suburbs are dotted with them. You know the ones. The ones with the white colonnades out front. Having first emerged in the early 1950s, and as strong as brick shithouses, most of these abodes survive to this day. And best of all, they're still popping up all over the place! This blog is a tribute to that special kind of Aussie home known as the Mediterranean mausoleum.
Friday, January 04, 2008
Tuesday, August 21, 2007
Row of columns
Cast from iron, these tall old Corinthians in Fremantle are a bit like the ones immediately below in Kalgoorlie.
Like the Kalgoorlie ones, they were erected in the late 1890s. Unlike the Kalgoorlie ones, they're at the hotel formerly known as The Federal, in William Street.
The Federal is now a faux Irish pub called Rosie O'Grady's. Check the sinister CCTV camera at top of shot. Only a few years ago, these were taboo in lefty old Fremantle. Now they're everywhere and part of the furniture.
Sunday, December 03, 2006
Sunday, November 12, 2006
This beauty by Profane Developments is indicative of the kind of stuff being erected in Rockingham - Australia's own Little Britain.
Less than five years ago, the foreshore at Rocko - where this mausoleum is rising - was one part ramshackle and one part charm. Now, with the advent of stuff like this, and the recently erected high rise blocks, the Rockingham esplanade is one part Surfer's Paradise and nine parts shite.
The thing is, it didn't need to stay like it was. Nor did it need to turn into Miami overnight. Channelling the development dollars into a six storey Sound-side strip would have energised the foreshore in style.
But that chance has been lost, now Cockburn Sound is Coolangatta.