• Oct 23, 2022 from 10:00am to 2:00pm
  • Location: Melbourne
  • Latest Activity: on Wednesday

This is a taster ride. It is open to all members, and particularly those registered for the big ride the following week.

It is a city ride so it's hard to get around. It will cover the city locations relevant to the ride. The ride next week will leave from Essendon and won't include this ride.

It's a small tour around Melbourne, seeking out the beginnings of the Burke and Wills story.

Final details to be published soon.

Unfortunately the famous statue is currently in storage due to the underground works in the city.

But - We'll meet for breakfast. Then visit:

  • The Royal Society of Victoria building.
  • The Melbourne General Cemetary - graves of Burke and Wills and King.
  • Royal Park, Carlton where the expedition departed.
  • Camp 1 at Moonee Ponds
  • Camp 2 at Bulla

Then we'll have lunch!

The slab is transported to Melbourne General Cemetery, and the crowds at the funeral.






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    Clever boy Greg. That explains why that roof line was so familiar. The Princess Theatre.


    The statue was moved to the island on the cornet of Lt Bourke and Spring St after 1886 and spent the next 90 years there - so that would be the Prices Theatre in the background.


    Another painting of the monument insitu but this time by Authur Streeton. Similar angle but the buildings in the background look different. Maybe he was using his artistic license at the time.



  • In Stereoscope!


  • Wow. I've never seen that before.

    "The monument was originally located on the intersection of Collins and Russell Streets, the growth of traffic and the laying of tram tracks led to the removal of the monument in 1886.  It was placed in a reserve in Spring Street, opposite Parliament House on the corners of Spring, Lonsdale and Nicholson Streets. It was moved to the corner of Swanston and Collins in City Square in 1979 and a fountain added. The statue was moved to its present location at the corner of Swanston and Collins Streets in 1994."


    This painting looking West down Collins Street by Ugo Catini depicts the statue commemerating the Burke and Wills Expedition in its original location in the middle of the intersection of Collins and Russell Streets. The statue was removed shortly after this 1860 painting to allow for the construction of cable tram tracks for the Fitzroy line.



    Yes please, I would like to join this one 


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