Geelong, Victoria's second city.

Geelong, Victoria's second city, Australia

Geelong. Victoria's second city, situated on Corio Bay. One of the few cities in southern Australia with a north facing aspect over the beach, which means that shadows of buildings don't fall across the waterfront. With the Bellarine Peninsula to the east, the Otways National Park to the west, the Surf Coast and Bell's Beach to the south, and the Great Ocean Road just twenty kilometres away, it's a great place to live. And of course it's home to the Geelong Cats, in the AFL football league ... the greatest team of all!

Aussie Stories - telling about Australia in words and pictures

Joe Mortelliti's life long love, from when he was first given a Brownie camera as a boy, was photography. It was the focus of his work life for many years. He loved to travel with his wife Marion to as many parts of Australia as he could. He had the ability to 'see' the beauty of our land in such a way that he could photograph it for the delight of others. These photos are a legacy that he has left us. Used by permission and with appreciation.
Aussie Stories - telling about Australia in words and pictures

St Mary of the Angels Basilica, Geelong, Victoria, Australia
St Mary of the Angels Basilica, Geelong, Victoria, Australia. St Mary’s Basilica in Geelong looks spectacular in the early morning light. May 2005.

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A basilica is one step up from a church in Roman Catholic usage. St Mary's was granted Basilica status in 2004. St Mary's has the tallest bluestone spire in Australia, at 45.7 metres (150 feet) and is the tallest building in Geelong at 64 metres (210 feet). Though the new light towers at Kardinia Park, built to enable playing under lights at Simonds Stadium, at 73 metres high are taller. But these did not come till 2013.

More info on St Mary's at Wikipedia

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Geelong waterfront and Cunningham Pier, Victoria, Australia
Geelong waterfront and Cunningham Pier, Victoria, Australia. Significant redevelopment has occurred along the Geelong water front. The art deco area of the promenade and pools has had a complete restoration. At weekends large crowds come to visit this area. This shot shows Cunningham Pier and Smorgy’s restaurant from the fore shore. December 2002.

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Smorgy's Restaurant is no more, with new businesses using the facilities at the end of Cunningham Pier. An attractive place to dine, and the water views are brilliant! Visiting ships, including cruise liners and military ships, as well as traditional sailing ships such as the sail training ships the 'Leeuwin' and the 'One and All', dock regularly at Cunningham Pier.

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The sail training ship, One And All, at Cunningham Pier, Geelong, Victoria, Australia
The sail training ship, One And All, at Cunningham Pier, Geelong, Victoria, Australia Based on the rig of an 1850s brigantine, the One and All was built using modern timber construction techniques for the South Australian government in 1987. She is an official Sail Training Vessel, and is available to schools and other community groups for sail training events. Moored here at Geelong's historic Cunningham Pier.

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Fishing boats on a quiet morning, Geelong, Victoria, Australia
Fishing boats on a quiet morning, Geelong, Victoria, Australia. Quiet morning reflections at the waterfront in Geelong. July 2016.

Copyright © Dave Whiteside

Carousel on the Geelong waterfront, Victoria, Australia
Carousel on the Geelong waterfront, Victoria, Australia. The fully restored carousel in a specially built building on the Geelong waterfront. June 2013.

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Cunningham Pier with its restaurants and function centres, Geelong waterfront, Victoria, Australia
Cunningham Pier with its restaurants and function centres, Victoria, Australia. Cunningham Pier, with the lights of North Geelong and the Shell refinery in the background, from the Geelong waterfront. June 2013.

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Reflections on the glass of the Carousel building, with Cunningham Pier in the background, Geelong, Victoria, Australia
Reflections on the glass of the Carousel building, with Cunningham Pier in the background, Geelong, Victoria, Australia. A great composition by Dave Whiteside of the Carousel building with Cunningham pier in the background through the glass. At the waterfront in Geelong. July 2016.

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Featured marker buoys on the Geelong waterfront, Victoria, Australia
Featured marker buoys on the Geelong waterfront, Victoria, Australia. These marker buoys are a feature on the Geelong waterfront. Originally used for marker buoys to mark the shipping channels in Corio Bay, they now grace the waterfront. June 2013.

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Corio Bay, seen through a beachfront sculpture, Geelong, Victoria, Australia
Corio Bay, seen through a beachfront sculpture, Geelong, Victoria, Australia. Looking over Corio Bay from Western Beach. These sail sculptures are one of many along the waterfront, and provide a neat frame for a peaceful pic.

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Dry summer, at Mt Duneed, near Geelong, Victoria, Australia
Dry summer, at Mt Duneed, near Geelong, Victoria, Australia. Driving along a dry weather only road this dead tree off Horseshoe Bend Rd, near Mt Duneed, looked dramatic as the sun started to set late in the afternoon. Standing out against the dry summer grass, and having had many years of drought, it conveyed the harshness of our land. January 2003.

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Windmill silhouetted against the sunrise, Freshwater Creek, near Geelong, Victoria, Australia
Windmill silhouetted against the sunrise, Freshwater Creek, near Geelong, Victoria, Australia. The windmill silhouetted against a spectacular sunrise caught my attention as I was driving home. I just had to stop and get an image. Hay bales in the foreground add depth and interest. December 2016.

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Old stone railway bridge at Lovely Banks, near Geelong, Victoria, Australia
Old stone railway bridge at Lovely Banks, near Geelong, Victoria, Australia. The two arches of this old bluestone bridge allow both the road and the creek through under the railway line. The appropriately named Bluestone Bridge Rd runs under the right hand arch; the creek under the left. In the foreground you can see the stone walls built to direct the creek many years ago. May 2016.

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Detail of old stone railway bridge at Lovely Banks, near Geelong, Victoria, Australia
Detail of old stone railway bridge at Lovely Banks, near Geelong, Victoria, Australia. The Bluestone Bridge Road can be seen snaking through the right hand arch; the overgrown creek under the left. Note the bolt and re-enforcing plate at the top left near the pillar. On the hill in the background is an olive grove. Covenant College is on the other side of the hill. May 2016.

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Sheet lightning, Anakie, near Geelong, Victoria, Australia
Sheet lightning, Anakie, near Geelong, Victoria, Australia. This hand held shot, pointed at clouds with the tip of the tree in middle was captured during a lightning and rain storm. The shot was taken out of the car with lens resting on the drivers window edge, and shutter kept open on “Bulb”, and then closed after a lightning flash. Captured in the rural area of Anakie township. December 2004.

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Old sewage aqueduct, Geelong, Victoria, Australia
Old sewage aqueduct, Geelong, Victoria, Australia. 2015.

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This very interesting aqueduct was built from 1913-1915 over the Barwon river, just south of Geelong. It was built to take sewage from Geelong to the treatment plant at Black Rock, near Breamlea. It was built by the Tasmanian engineers Edward G Stone and Ernest J Siddeley. The style was modelled after the steel Firth of the Forth bridge in Scotland, but was built of reinforced concrete.

Using the 'Considere' system of concrete reinforcement, cantilever trusses were built on fourteen concrete piers, with concrete girders between them, for a total length of 756 metres. The ovoid shaped sewer pipe was suspended underneath the girders. Cracks in the concrete appeared pretty quickly, and repairs were made in 1923.

The aqueduct was decommissioned in 1992, though it still remains there. It is in a state of disrepair, and there is no public access.

Woodchops are an Australian tradition at country shows. Geelong, Victoria, Australia
Woodchops are an Australian tradition at country shows. Geelong, Victoria, Australia.

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I well remember them from when I was a young fella growing up, at the Harvey Agricultural Show, Western Australia, in the 1960s.