Category Archives: Victoria, Australia

Assault with Intent to Peel

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My fellow tourists and I were filing into the city watch house for what I thought was a tour when I got a rude awakening.  “Women to my right, men to my left,” barked the very large man in a police…

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Don’t Touch that Rope

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The ticket seller at the Polly Woodside Tall Ship at Melbourne’s South Wharf looked at a large card that he was about to hand me.  “Looks like you’re an Able Bodied Seaman,” he said, passing it over.  It was a … Continue reading

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Stop When I Tell You to Stop

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The first shots fired by Australians during World Wars I and II came from Fort Nepean, at the entrance to Port Phillip Bay in Victoria.  A few minutes after war was declared in 1914, a German ship visiting Australia tried to make a … Continue reading

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Point Nepean Quarantine Station

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In 1852, the American clipper Ticonderoga landed at the mouth of Port Phillip Bay with a ship-load of British immigrants stricken with typhus.  Typhus, spread by lice and fleas and common in any place and at any time there were … Continue reading

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Parliament of Victoria

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When he heard our American accents, Martin, our tour guide at Victoria’s Parliament building announced, “I’m a Dallas Cowboys fan. Tony Romo is going to do it for us this year.” Jeanice (Seattle Seahawks) and I (Baltimore Ravens) hooted with … Continue reading

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I See Dead People

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The Watch House was just half of the Old Melbourne Gaol.  The other half was its museum, housed in an old cell black that is the only part of the original 1839 prison still standing. The main focus of the … Continue reading

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Assault with Intent to Peel

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My fellow tourists and I were filing into the city watch house for what I thought was a tour when I got a rude awakening.  “Women to my right, men to my left,” barked the very large man in a police sergeant’s uniform who had … Continue reading

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