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Decrepit old thing- Williamstown, Melbourne, Australia

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Aug. 11th, 2006 | 10:18 pm
mood: quixoticquixotic
music: Caribbean Queen- Billy Ocean
posted by: robes_of_earth in abandonedplaces

I bring to you some pictures I took quite a few months ago of a house my brother and I happened upon in the seaside village know as Williamstown, a coastal suburb of Melbourne.

According to my net research, the first settlement in Williamstown was around the late 1830s- it spent a while being a dodgy place (well it was a convict port!). My brother, who knows alot more about early Australian architecture than I do, wagers that this may have been built around the 1850s or a little before, so it's possible that this old girl is one of the original buildings to the area. You can see in the pictures that posh bastards are quickly encroaching- Williamstown is a victim of the upper-classes, as so many coastal towns are.



Note: Please excuse my craptacular pictures, I was in a bit of a rush (mum was beeping the horn) and there was quite a lot of long grass (Australia + long grass + open shoes = snakey time) so I couldn't get too much more that what I have here. Plus the sun in Australia, it burns like a thousand....well, suns.

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This is a good shot of the roof, you can see how it's been 'improved' at some stage by the addition of the iron sheeting, which seems to me to indicate it was lived in for quite a time, I would say till about the 60s, judging by the discarded stuff that was around.

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The VW beetle rusting away there in the grass looks oddly small...

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You can see here that the house is built right up against the curb, suggesting that perhaps the roads weren't very wide or sealed when it was built- that happened there around 1856.

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The encroaching nasties. The whole house is surrounded by these awful monstrosities of bad taste, it makes me weep as to what other great old buildings have been knocked down to make way for them.

Hopefully I can get back to Williamstown soon and make sure she's still there; I'll also try to get a shot or two or the old morgue- first to be built in the state in 1859, they needed it because they were storing all the dead people in the hotel basements and the smell was turning away customers!

Try to see these mid-Victorian dates as kind of exciting, we're a very new country (as far as Whitey goes) and anything that' more than 100 years old is quite special, especially if it's original!

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starsforlovers

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from: starsforlovers
date: Aug. 11th, 2006 12:46 pm (UTC)
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The whole house is surrounded by these awful monstrosities of bad taste, it makes me weep as to what other great old buildings have been knocked down to make way for them.



-I couldn't agree more!

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A modern girl in a 19th century world

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from: robes_of_earth
date: Aug. 11th, 2006 01:14 pm (UTC)
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It's so frustrating- the town my mother lives in just lost a wonderful 1930's fire station to the developer's iron fist- and there was nothing wrong with it. I went away for a week and came back to a horrible concrete monster squatting where a lovely lady used to be.

brilliant icon by the way- it hurts my brain!

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starsforlovers

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from: starsforlovers
date: Aug. 11th, 2006 01:23 pm (UTC)
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Hehe Kermit is the best :) Ugh I don't understand the people who do shit like that & why they think that huge lumps of glass/stainless steal and concrete look attractive. They just look cold and ruin what was once a beautiful landscape filled with warm houses :(

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A modern girl in a 19th century world

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from: robes_of_earth
date: Aug. 11th, 2006 02:48 pm (UTC)
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Not to mention they barely last. I love that the bridges in my city that were built in the 1880s are still going strong, meanwhile bridges from the 1960s are falling apart!

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Shadow Greentrees/Sabersinger aka Joyce Chng

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from: jolantru
date: Aug. 11th, 2006 01:10 pm (UTC)
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Fantastic pictures. :)

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loli_cat

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from: loli_cat
date: Aug. 11th, 2006 09:36 pm (UTC)
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I'd encourage you to go back (with a stick, boots & whatever else you need for snakes) and get lots of good photographs before it's all gone! Oh, and I'd love a shot or two of the old beetle too, esp. if its pre-1960!! ^_^

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