Reflections on Melbourne

What can a day reveal about Melburnians and their city? Did you know


that Melbourne led the way in admitting women to the Anglican priesthood and episcopate? Come on UK, you need to run harder to catch up!


Not sure if this is a caricature of a typical Melburnian, but a lady receptionist has the doubtful pleasure of looking at it all day long from her desk just 2 metres away.


The Museum of Immigration gives an in depth insight into the migration of people into Australia over 200 years. But most poignant of all was a photographic account of the recent migration of the Irish during the current economic downturn


all of the photos personal studies of individuals who have separated themselves from family and friends


…a reflection of what my own mother did in the 1930s, and what my father’s ancestors did in 1840. I felt a certain vicarious empathy.


The River Yarra may not be one of those iconic city rivers, but it certainly has its own charm.


And a chance to meet up with fellow blogger Chris Yardin (left) and his brother Mark, and spend the evening sharing drinks and pizza


and chewing the fat over cycling issues the length and breadth of the sport. Thank you both for the invitation and for the generous donation to the Children in Syria Appeal. Catch Chris’ blog here:

The big question remains: will this man, when he climbs onto the plane this afternoon, be accompanied by his bicycle?
Stay tuned!


About Frank Burns

Looking for the extraordinary in the commonplace………taking the road less travelled……..striving for the ‘faculty of making happy chance discoveries’ in unremarkable circumstances. Click on the Personal Link below to visit my webpages.

Posted on March 13, 2013, in Australia: Sydney to Melbourne 1000kms and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 8 Comments.

  1. I hope the bike is coming back – it has iconic status and has done a fair few miles (not just on this trip) – you need it to take to the inevitable lecture tour…… Have a good flight home, and look forward to seeing you

  2. Nice to see a photo of Chris Yardin (other than his gravatar). Enjoy Melbourne!

  3. i put my bet on : you will be cycleless

  4. Being a rowing man it was interesting to see the 8 on the Yarra River. That was probably the Upper Yarra Rowing Club. They appeared at the 2011 Henley Regatta in the Thames Cup, which they won. They beat Star Rowing Club from Bedford in the final, which my son belongs to. I saw them just after the start on the Thursday and the power was astounding. They could have entered the Grand Challenge and given the crews in that event a good run for their money. I do miss the rowing but do enjoy the cycling, though sidelined at the moment with a problem with my left foot.
    Have a good trip back and I do suspect you’ll be accompanied by your bike! Christine has read all your blogs and suggested that you give one of your presentations to her local WI though we could get a few interlopers along as well.
    See you soon.

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