Weekend Wanderings – Collingwood Part 2
A few weeks ago I did the first part of this, though at that time I just showed graffiti around the streets, and today I thought I would show you more of the buildings. Collingwood is one of the oldest parts of Melbourne. In earlier times it was part of the industrial area, and you can still see what used to be old factories there, but it was also where the workers lived. It was a very working class part of Melbourne, though you need to be a lot further up the socio-economic scale to be able to buy a house there now. Funny that working class cottages are now sort by the middle and upper classes to live in.
Here is an example of an old factory, I think this was a wool mill, and now it has been converted to office buildings, I think, or maybe being converted to apartments. In Melbourne everything is being converted to homes, a city can’t have too many people living in it. That is the goal of our state members, to get more people living here. Of course, no infrastructure or that sort of thing, but more people.
You can see homes in some lanes that were factories and they have used elements of the factory as features for the new homes, like how these balconies have been made.
One of the things that surprised me about Collingwood is how you are never quite sure what you are going to get. We walked around a corner and saw half a church. Not sure what they are doing, but looks like this old blue stone building is being rebuilt, must have had some problems. It is right next door to an old blue stone school as well.
Terrace houses are everywhere in Collingwood. If you want to see some great examples it is a great place to go and find them. Melbourne is known for the terrace houses, you can see them everywhere in the inner city. I don’t know why they stopped building them really, people like living in them, and pay good money for them, perhaps they aren’t big enough anymore.
Wandering around Collingwood was such an eye opener. I thought it would be boring and I would find nothing to photograph, but now I want to go back and see if I missed anything. You can’t go with a plan, you just have to start in one place and wander, see where you end up.
The above image is where we had a very late breakfast. It was a great breakfast, though you need to get there early or you have to wait. The place was called Lemon Middle and Orange, no idea where it was, but I am sure you could look it up, I had one of the best breakfasts ever there, very different to what you normally get at places for breakfast.
I am just going to leave you with a gallery now. This is a place I really want to go back to and take some images with the intention of doing some art images of. There is something about the area that really appeals to me.