Weekend Wanderings – Collins Street, Melbourne
Last Sunday I had another Social Snappers Excursion and this time we explored the architecture along Collins Street in Melbourne. Traditionally, or maybe historically, Collins Street was the business district of Melbourne, and to some extent it still is. As you walk along it, you can see the shopping part, which is the east end and then as you cross over Swanston Street and Elizabeth Street you start to head into the more business end, the end with the big buildings, the ornate buildings, the ones that say money is here.
We started at the Spring Street end, where Parliament House and the Treasury Building is, and one of the first buildings we came across was ANZAC House. For those that don’t know ANZAC refers to Australian and New Zealand Army Corps, and here in Australia we remember what they did in the first world war and the second, mainly the first. It is a terrible tale of waste of our soliders by the British in many respects, and was a time when countries like Britain didn’t think much of our soldiers and they were often sent where the British wouldn’t go. I’m happy to say that that attitude did change. I don’t know the whole story, but that is what I have been lead to believe.
In the first half there are also a few old churches and they have the architecture and smaller associated buildings as you would expect from older churches. This is the Assembly Hall, and I think it is part of the Scots Church in Collins Street, one of my favourite churches. I love the gothic style architecture, and I also love that the ties to the past have not been removed.
The corner of Collins Street and Elizabeth Street. I thought it would be interesting to show you what our streets look like. I imagine not that much different to other parts of the world.
The entrance to the old Stock Exchange Building. When gold was found in Australia in the mid 19th century Melbourne really benefited from it, since most of the gold was found in Victoria, Melbourne became one of the wealthiest cities in the world, and had to have the buildings to match. Unfortunately not all the buildings remain, and there are photos of some really amazing buildings that have since been torn down to make room for out massive impersonal, ugly skyscrapers, where the developers are more interested in building the tallest buildings without much concern about how horrible they are. It is sad to see that craftsmanship, like in this building is gone and we most likely will never see buildings like this being built ever again. I love the detail.
This is right down the other end, and our journey was almost over. A new building going up and by looking at it, the most interesting thing about it the reflection of the buildings in it.
It was a great excursion, we walked all along it, we went from sunshine to overcast, from being warm to being cold. We stopped at the Lindt shop for afternoon tea, and chatted about photography, and some other things. It was a great afternoon, I really enjoyed myself and the other ladies did as well. I have more photos to show you know, so will put them into a gallery for you. I hope your weekend is going well.