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10 years on

March 2009, Issue 40
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Away from the desk

The little bent tree
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Chamber update Image

Chamber update

The Summer Campaign
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Docklander Image

Docklander

Mona’s enjoying her upside down life
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Docklands Secrets

Politician disrespects us
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Fashion

Top five street style trends
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Health and Wellbeing Image

Health and Wellbeing

Flexibility, mobility and wellbeing
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Letters Image

Letters

Well done Sam
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New Businesses Image

New Businesses

70 years later, family business still suits
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Owners Corporation Law Image

Owners Corporation Law

Boom, boom, bust and out -
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Pets Corner Image

Pets Corner

She’s the boss, and I like it!
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SkyPad Living Image

SkyPad Living

Energy vulnerable vertical villages?
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Street Art Image

Street Art

Goodbye from Blender Studios
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We Live Here Image

We Live Here

Cladding, short-stays and rooming
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Docklands Secrets - June 2011

01 Jun 2011

Before it was Docklands, the area in the west of the city was once so rich in wildlife that it has been compared with Kakadu.

In his introduction to his Birth of Melbourne book, Tim Flannery quotes from Melbourne pioneer George Gordon McCrae’s childhood memories of the famed “Blue Lake” which occupied the area in the 1830s. It was:

“intensely blue, nearly oval and full of the clearest salt water; but this by no means deep.  Fringed gaily all around mesembryanthemum (‘pig-face’) in full bloom, it seemed in the broad sunshine as though girdled about with a belt of magenta fire.  The ground gradually sloping down toward the lake was empurpled, but patchily, in the same manner, though perhaps not quite so brilliantly, while the whole air was heavy with the mingled odours of the golden myrrnong flowers and purple fringed lilies, or ratafias.  Curlews, ibises and ‘blue cranes’ were there in numbers … black swans occasionally visited it, as also flocks of wild ducks.”

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