Melbourne, Victoria's capital city, Australia

Melbourne, Victoria's capital city, Australia

Melbourne. Victoria's capital city, situated on Port Philip Bay. A few scenes from around Melbourne.

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

Last view of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Last view of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Autumn 2013. As the Spirit of Tasmania departs Station Pier in Melbourne, this is what you see. Melbourne from Port Philip Bay. 2015.

This photo Copyright © Fred Vanderbom.

Interesting to see the changes in the skyline in 12 years.

The sun peeks under the clouds and lights up Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
The sun peeks under the clouds and lights up Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. On a spring evening, from Melbourne's Station Pier. The city is brilliantly lit up by the evening sun peeking under the clouds. September 2016

This photo Copyright © Willem Schultink.

In my shadow, HMAS Castlemaine, at Gem Pier, Williamstown, Victoria, Australia
In my shadow, HMAS Castlemaine, at Gem Pier, Williamstown, Victoria, Australia. This little white fishing boat in the shadow of the HMAS Castlemaine” creates a David and Goliath contrast. May 2003.

Copyright © Joe Mortelliti Photography

HMAS Castlemaine is one of the sixty Australian-built Bathurst Class corvettes to serve throughout World War 2, and is the last one still afloat. She has been restored by volunteers over four decades. During World War 2, she travelled some 117,000 miles (216,000 kilometres). In the process she circumnavigated Australia and enduring the constant threat of sea and air attacks, visited China, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, the Solomon Islands.

HMAS Castlemaine was built in Williamstown and launched on the 7th of August 1941 - so it is quite appropriate that she is permanently berthed at Gem Pier in Williamstown.

More info on the HMAS Castlemaine can be found at HMAS Castlemaine

For sale as Greeting Cards, Photographic Prints, Matted Prints, Mounted Prints, Canvas Prints, Framed Prints and Posters

The 'Seaweed Express' electric train, out of Altona, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
The 'Seaweed Express' electric train, out of Altona, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. The Melbourne railway system has served the city well over many years. It has come a long way since this pic was taken. This was a Sunday train service with just one carriage, and ran close by Altona Beach and you could smell the seaweed. Hence the name 'Seaweed Express'!

Copyright © Mark Almond

Duck Point on Blackburn Lake, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Duck Point on Blackburn Lake, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Part of the Blackburn Lake Sanctuary. The Lake itself was formed by the damming of Gardiner's Creek in 1889 to enhance land values in the area, and to provide water for orchards. The company that developed the area also built a jetty and cafe, with row boats for hire. Visitors came from Melbourne on a steam train. A model township was planned, but the housing plans did not work out, though parts of the original layout remain.

Australian artist Frederick McCubbin painted some of his best known paintings, including "Down on his Luck" and "The Bush Burial", in the area. In 1909 the Adult Deaf Society purchased the lake and about 30 hectares of land and established a home for deaf people. They built a home there and established a flower farm, which grew vegetables as well as flowers, for sale at the Victoria Markets.

The lake area was also used during WW1 for recuperation for wounded soldiers.

Beginning in 1938, when the Blackburn Progress Association wanted to acquire the land for a public reserve, there has been a steady progress in protecting the area and making it a sanctuary. A total of 25.8 hectares now make up the sanctuary.

It is indeed a very pleasant place to be and to relax. Walking tracks, picturesque bridges, bush, lake, barbecues, visitor centre...

The picture shows a four wheel drive wheelchair on Duck Point.

December 2016

Copyright © Willem Schultink