57 Mount Pleasant Street | Where?
Two questions from the Crowded House song "Weather With You"..
1. Where is 57 Mount Pleasant Street?
2. What does "walking round the room singing stormy weather" mean?
57 Mount Pleasant Street
We could not find a Mount Pleasant Street in Melbourne although there was one Read more..
View Profile | Melbourne About furphies | furphy
You've might have heard someone say telling furphies or that was a bit of a furphy and wondered what they meant or where the expression came from.
FURPHY | FURPHIES | FURFY
The word furphy is a uniquely Australian idiom, a way of saying that something is an exaggerated story, Read more..
View Profile | Melbourne Australian FIRSTS for Melbourne
Melbourne has more than its fair-shair of Australian firsts...
One of the first women only gyms, in Victoria and possibly Australia, was established by Harriet Elphinstone-Dick, who lived from 1858 to 1902. Also known as Harriet Rowell, she was an early English and Australian Read more..
View Profile | Melbourne Australian Words the US Get Wrong
20 AUSTRALIAN WORDS THAT MEAN SOMETHING TOTALLY DIFFERENT IN THE USA.
The Yanks (Americans) are fascinated by the differences that exist between the Australian vocabulary and their own vocabulary.
There is something hilarious about two words that sound the same, but mean ve Read more..
View Profile | Melbourne Beyonce Street Brunswick
The world went mad when star Beyonce Knowles appeared in Brunswick, a Melbourne back street to film a music video clip in October 2013.
Where: Beith Street, Brunswick
When: October 2013
Who: Beyonce Knowles
Why: film a music video clip
GLOBAL superstar Beyonce was spotte Read more..
View Profile | Brunswick BIG Things in Melbourne
We love BIG, well there was the movie Big (Tom Hanks), and there is Big M (flavoured milk) and Big Coxy (sorry mate), so when it comes to big things, Victoria is huge!
Here is 10 more.
1. The Stunned Mullet, Fish Creek
The Stunned Mullet has lain across the art deco Fis Read more..
View Profile | Melbourne Billy Connolly | Live Melbourne
Billy Connolly has enjoyed a longstanding career as one of the world’s best-loved comedians. His live shows have been enthralling audiences around the world for over three decades.
He has toured relentlessly, beloved by audiences in the British Isles, Australia, and New Zealan Read more..
View Profile | Melbourne Bryant and May | Redheads
Redheads matches were manufactured in the Bryant and May factory located in Church Street, Cremorne (Richmond).
Bryant and May was well known for providing workers with excellent working conditions and amenities including a dining hall and sports facilities such as a tennis co Read more..
View Profile | Cremorne But there were 5 Beatles!
Did you know there was once five Beatles not four?
The only time it ever happened was in Melbourne on the 14th June, 1964.
The Beatles drummer Ringo Starr had collapsed and was hospitalized on June 3rd with tonsilitis prior to the tour beginning. Jimmy Nicol was hired as a Read more..
View Profile | Melbourne Chiko Roll
The savoury snack CHIKO Roll is an Australian icon right up there with Australian Rules Football, kangaroos and Holdens, was developed by Francis McEnroe from Bendigo.
McEncroe got the idea after seeing Chinese chop suey rolls being sold outside Richmond Cricket Ground. McEnc Read more..
View Profile | Melbourne Chloe | Jules-Joseph Lefebvre
She has graced magazine covers, had wine named after her and poems written to her. She has experienced fame and adoration and has won high acclaim from critics. Her career began, like the many models after her, in Paris but she was created and moulded by a Master.
She is a M Read more..
View Profile | Melbourne Christmas Bush
Victoria's Christmas Bush is a Prostanthera lasianthos Lamiaceae.
It is a variable shrub or small tree, from 2 m to 10 m high. Often has a compact habit when in shrub form. Leaves are lanceolate to ovate, to 10 cm. Flowers in terminal sprays, white, pink or mauve, occur in sum Read more..
View Profile | Melbourne Coat of Arms
The City of Melbourne's Armorial Bearings (or arms) were first granted to the Corporation of the City of Melbourne by Letters Patent of the Kings of Arms dated 30 January 1940.
They were based on the device approved by the Council of the Town of Melbourne on 2 January 1843, f Read more..
View Profile | Melbourne Croggy
What is a C R O G G Y?
A croggy is a ride on the handlebars of a mates push bike.
Now we understand Croggy is not a Melbourne bit of trivia, but we do remember as Melburnian's either having a croggy or giving a mate a croggy around the back streets of Richmond.
Urban Di Read more..
View Profile | Richmond Curious Melbourne Trivia
Melbourne is the only city in the world that has five international standard sporting facilities (including three with retractable roofs) on the fringe of its central business district.
Each year Melbourne plays host to tens of thousands of interstate and overseas visitors wh Read more..
View Profile | Melbourne Dim Sims | Melbourne Icon
The Dim Sim was developed in Melbourne by Chinese chef William Wing Young for his restaurant "Wing Lee" around 1945.
A dim sim is a Chinese-inspired meat dumpling-style snack that consists of pork or other meat, cabbage and flavourings, encased in a wrapper similar to a tradi Read more..
View Profile | Melbourne Elvis Presley Memorial Garden
An unexpected memorial found in Melbourne Cemetery is the Elvis Presley Memorial Garden.
The memorial was commissioned by the President of the Elvis Presley Fan Club of Australia in November 1977. It is believed to be the only one of it's type in Australia and draws 1,000s of Read more..
View Profile | Carlton North Emblems of Victoria
The emblems of Victoria include...
Floral emblem: Pink Heath
Animal emblem: Leadbeater's Possum
Bird emblem: Helmeted Honeyeater
Marine Faunal Emblem: Weedy Seadragon
Sadly, the Leadbeater's Possum and Helmeted Honeyeater are considered to be endangered species (2007).
View Profile | Melbourne Eurovision Song Contest + Melbourne
What possible trivia connection could there be between the Eurovision Song Contest and Melbourne you ask?
Believe it or not (ripley) there have been two (yes 2) singers from Melbourne who have performed at the Eurovision Song Contest, and even better, one Melbourne born singer Read more..
View Profile | Melbourne Famous People Who Have Visited Melbourne!
With the recent visit by Tiger Woods to Melbourne, the question was asked on radio this morning, "who is the most 'famous' person to have visited Melbourne?".
The list was impressive although there was no clear winner..
-:- Muhamid Ali
-:- Prince Charles
-:- Bill Clinton
View Profile | Melbourne First Flight Powered Flight in Melbourne
On March 18, 1910 whilst on a visit to Australia and in a Voisin biplane (purchased for US$5,000 in Hamburg, Germany prior to the trip, Harry Houdini made the first controlled, powered flight of an airplane in Australia, at Digger's Rest in Victoria, Australia.
The magic of f Read more..
View Profile | Melbourne First Flight | Australasian
February 1, 1858 - William Deane was the first person to fly a lighter-than-air craft in Australia when he ascends in the balloon 'Australasian' made for George Coppin by C. H. Brown and/or Henry T. Coxwell of Tottenham, England.
The 'Australasian' is made of 500 Read more..
View Profile | Cremorne Four'N Twenty Meat Pie
The Four'N Twenty Meat Pie is Victoria's best selling meat pie and was invented in Bendigo by LT. McLure in 1947.
The meat pie is enormously popular in Australia and considered a tradition to eat a the footy . Strong demand for the pie saw production grow from 50 pies per day Read more..
View Profile | Melbourne Funny Melbourne Facts
We quite enjoy the odd stuff in Melbourne, a city known for its funny facts or as we show here, Melbourne's crazy laws..
Below are a few laws that you should be aware of to keep you out of trouble:
-:- Its an offence to drive a dog or goat harnessed or attached to a vehicl Read more..
View Profile | Melbourne Ghost of Old Melbourne Gaol?
Please can you get an opinion on the attached photo as it was taken by a friend who visited the Old Melbourne Gaol and no-one knows how this ghost-looking person got in the photo!
Photo Copyright: Natalie Jones, UK
Ghost of Old Melbourne Read more..
View Profile | Melbourne Google Earth Alphabet
The first Google Earth 'alphabet', featuring all 26 letters has been created from satellite images of Melbourne and Victorian features and buildings.
Rhett Dashwood, a graphic designer from Melbourne spent several months beginning October 2008 to April 2009, searching Google M Read more..
View Profile | Melbourne Guinness World Records | Melbourne
Of all the pages we publish here at OnlyMelbourne, our page of Guinness World Records related to Melbourne would have to be the most trivial..
Longest running cartoon strip
Who: Jim Russell
When: August 2001
From January 1940 until 1950, (James Newton Russell) AM, MBE Read more..
View Profile | Melbourne Harry's Black Hole
Here is a curious Melbourne based web site with loads of handy 'local' information. Affectionately known as the Black Hole,
because once you enter, you can't escape its magnetic appeal!
Interesting VICTORIA Links
Commercial services and prod Read more..
View Profile | Melbourne Hoddle Street and Punt Road
Why does one of Melbourne's busiest roads share 3 names, Hoddle Street, Punt Road and Hoddle Highway.
Hoddle Highway (route 29) is a highway linking CityLink and the Eastern Freeway. The name "Hoddle Highway" is almost completely unknown to most drivers, who know it better as Read more..
View Profile | Richmond Home is Where the Heart is
Jack Howard (Hunters & Collectors) song about Melbourne, debuted at the 2016 Melbourne Day Concert at Federation Square.
Home is Where the Heart is
Drove home around the Western Ring Road,
From the deep north to the beach,
From the freeway you can see the trestle bridge and Read more..
View Profile | Melbourne Hook Turns
If you plan to drive in Melbourne, watch out for the "hook turn" signs (above) and be prepared to turn right from the leftmost lane.
How to Hook Turn
1 Approach and enter the intersection from as near as possible to the left.
2 Move forward, keeping clear of any ma Read more..
View Profile | Melbourne Human Wheelbarrows | World Record
The world record for the largest human wheelbarrow race was broken in 2008 on September 9th when Melbourne’s own Carey Baptist Grammar School in Kew set out to break the previous record that had been held by a high school in Singapore.
With the standing record set at 700 parti Read more..
View Profile | Melbourne Interesting Melbourne Facts
Melbourne is a modern city constantly changing and leading the world in many technologies.
Melbourne is the only city in the world that has five international standard sporting facilities (including three with retractable roofs) on the fringe of its central bu Read more..
View Profile | Melbourne Invented in Melbourne
Australia's great ideas and vision can be seen by the many Melbourne inventions that have helped improve the lives of people all over the world.
Made In Melbourne
For more information about each invention, see links at the bottom of this page.
Aspr Read more..
View Profile | Melbourne Johnston Street | Collingwood & Fitzroy
WOW, we spotted this...
Location** Very important!!
There are two 153 Johnston Street's within one kilometre of each other!!!
We are in Collingwood (close to Hoddle Street / Abbotsford) not in Fitzroy (near to Lygon Street).
So, we asked ourselves, where exactly are th Read more..
View Profile | Collingwood Kiwi Shoe Polish
Kiwi Shoe Polish was invented by William Ramsay and Hamilton McKellan in a small factory in Melbourne in 1906.
The brand name Kiwi was named after the bird from New Zealand and the home country of his wife, Annie Elizabeth Meek Ramsay.
The brand has been owned by the Sara Read more..
View Profile | Melbourne Leaps and Bounds | Paul Kelly
Leaps and Bounds is a song written by Paul Kelly with Chris Langman.
I'm high on the hill
Looking over the bridge
To the M.C.G.
And way up on high
The clock on the silo
Says eleven degrees
I remember I remember
I'm breathing today
The month of May
All the burning le Read more..
View Profile | Melbourne Love Melbourne
Why is that people either love Melbourne or hate Melbourne, but there does not seem to be any in-between.
With its cosmopolitan charm, most Australians appear to love Melbourne, except for people from Sydney who don't just hate Melbourne, they loathe Melbourne. Nothing wrong Read more..
View Profile | Melbourne Marchants Soft Drinks
Lemonade manufactured by Marchant & Co. Richmond, Victoria, circa 1950s.
In 1886, British migrant George Marchant purchased a Brisbane ginger beer manufacturing plant. By 1890, Marchants was the largest soft drink business in Australia, with a product range Read more..
View Profile | Melbourne McCubbin's Other Half
National Gallery of Victoria conservators are restoring Melbourne 1888 by Frederick McCubbin, but half of it is missing and they want your help to find it.
In a quite remarkeable story, the NGV acquired its half as a gift from the artist's son, Hugh McCubbin, in 1960. It's no Read more..
View Profile | Melbourne Melborn and Sideny
Melborn and Sideny" - The Idlers Five (CBS, 1968) -- Australian Top 40 hit, March 1968
Vocal folk quintet The Idlers Five enjoyed considerable popularity in the 1960s, but they are now virtually forgotten. They are by no means alone in this -- as Zbig Nowara points out in his Read more..
View Profile | Melbourne Melbourne CLOCKS
Like many cities, Melbourne has its share of iconic clocks that Melburnian's simply know where to find when they need to tell the time.
Flinders Street Station: Our best known clocks are the Flinders Street Station clocks, although they tell the time for d Read more..
View Profile | Melbourne Melbourne Flag
The City of Melbourne's flag features the coat of arms, with the bull, whale, ship and the fleece hanging from a red ring.
They are in the four quarters of the Cross of St George, with the Royal Crown in the centre of the cross.
Source: City of Melbourne Read more..
View Profile | Melbourne Melbourne History on the Line
At first glance, this is a rather plain black & white photograph of Sandridge (now Port Melbourne) taken in 1873 except if you look closer, you will see something quite remarkable.
A rotary clothes line!
That's 38 years 'before' Gilbert Toyne, a local Geelong farrier and Read more..
View Profile | Port Melbourne Melbourne International Gateway
Travelling on the CityLink motorway you will pass under 39 large red poles and an enormous yellow pillar tilted over the traffic below.
The 70-metre yellow steel beam and the accompanying 39 red "sticks", frame the freeway's city exit in Flemington are officially called the M Read more..
View Profile | Melbourne Melbourne Our Town
Debuted at the 2015 Melbourne Day Concert by Soli Tesema
Melbourne Our Town
Melbourne is our town
Melbourne is our city
Come on, take the tram around
Look at all the beauty
Underneath the Southern skies
And together we’ll stand with one hope
And we all discover treasu Read more..
View Profile | Melbourne Melbourne Shuffle
The style of dance Melbourne Shuffle had its origins in the 70's and continues to spread with a passion across the world's dance floors into the 90's.
The Melbourne Shuffle movements are typical jazz dance steps incorporated with a modern twist.
Visit Melbourne Shuffle OldS Read more..
View Profile | Melbourne Melbourne Song
Melbourne Song | Lyrics and music by Bettina Spivakovsky
Melbourne is our town
Melbourne is our city
Come on, take the tram around
Look at all the beauty
Underneath the Southern skies
And together we’ll stand with one hope
And we all discover treasures in the place that Read more..
View Profile | Melbourne Melbourne to Celebrate Historic Flight
For the people of Melbourne in 1858, it must have been as mind-blowing as watching man land on the moon.
On February 1, 1858, Australia's first successful hot air balloon flight took off from Cremorne Gardens in Richmond and was the start of aviation in this country, 50 years Read more..
View Profile | Keilor Melbourne | ideal place for a film about the end of the world
If you are like me, you have always wondered whether Ava Gardner actually said.. Melbourne was the ideal place for a film about the end of the world.
Then I spotted this article in TheAge, which answers it..
SONGS FOR AVA
It was the film that brought Hollywood to town and Read more..
View Profile | Melbourne Miniature Melbourne
Lets look at all things miniature in Melbourne.
We start with the best Miniature Melbourne, the creation at Scienceworks that has kids (+ big kids) enthralled with its buttons lighting up Melbourne's highlights.
Made from LEGO, Read more..
View Profile | Melbourne Mr Whippy
Any memory of Melbourne and icecream must include Mr Whippy.
I have wonderful memories of Mr Whippy vans.
Hearing the music brings back memories of youth, summer, friends and mum, can we have icecream?
Mr Whippy was an Australian manufacturer and distributor of Soft serv Read more..
View Profile | Melbourne Native Australian Animals in Melbourne
Melbourne's parks and gardens contain a wide variety of native animals...
A study in Royal Park in 1999 revealed the presence of significant fauna species including the large forest bat, gold-headed cristicola, purple-crowned lorikeet, Richard's Pipit and White's Skink. Fauna Read more..
View Profile | Melbourne Nylex Clock
The Nylex Clock is one of Melbourne's iconic signs positioned on top of storage silos in Cremorne, Richmond next to the Yarra River and the Monash Freeway.
The Nylex Clock displays the time and temperature alternately. The text also alternates displaying the words 'Nylex Plast Read more..
View Profile | Cremorne Oldest Building in Melbourne
What is the oldest surviving building in Melbourne?
Cooks' Cottage (1755) is the oldest building in Melbourne. The two storey brick cottage was transported from Great Ayton in England and rebuilt in the Fitzroy Gardens in 1934.
The oldest building origin Read more..
View Profile | Melbourne Oldest Hotel in Melbourne
The oldest hotels in Melbourne were all licensed in 1853 and believe it or not are still operating as hotels today.
Duke of Wellington
According to the Tetlow Index, Melbourne's oldest hotel is the Duke of Wellington on the corner of Flinders and Russell Streets, built in 185 Read more..
View Profile | Melbourne Olympic Flame Hoax
Seeing this iconic picture postcard of Ron Clarke lighting the Olympic cauldron at the M.C.G in 1956 reminded me of two bits of trivia.
Firstly, the well known fact that Ron Clarke had burnt his forearm while reaching in to light the flame, but the other bit of trivia is no Read more..
View Profile | Melbourne Our Melbourne [ourmelbourne]
We simply wanted to see if we could get the term Our Melbourne [ourmelbourne] ranked as a search term @ Google or Yahoo.
It was suggested that Our Melbourne or www.ourmelbourne.com.au would have been an interesting alternative name for OnlyMelbourne, so we searched (whois) to Read more..
View Profile | Melbourne Peters Ice Cream
Peters Ice Cream was founded in 1907 by American Fred Peters in Manly.
In 1927 his Peters American Delicacy Company opened a Melbourne factory in Meyers Place, Melbourne followed by a factory in Richmond before the national headquarters moved to Mulgrave in 1964, and it has b Read more..
View Profile | Mulgrave Raoul Wallenberg Memorial | Kew
Sitting waiting for the traffic lights at Kew Junction, we see an interesting stone memorial to Raoul Wallenberg with a curious inscription.
Who is/was Raoul Wallenberg and why is there a memorial to him at Kew Junction.
Who: Raoul Wallenberg was Read more..
View Profile | Kew Red Fox | Melbourne
The city of Melbourne is regarded as the fox capital of the world. Depending on what you read, living in Melbourne, you are never more than 50 metres away from a fox.
Red Fox | Vulpes vulpes
Red Foxes were introduced to Australia in the 1870s. By the 1890s they had become Read more..
View Profile | Melbourne Richmond Racecourse
Reading an old book about the Menzies Hotel, I was suprised to read there once was a racecourse in Richmond.
The racecourse was bounded by Bridge Road, Westbank Terrace and Stawell Street.
Described as John Wren's old Richmond Racecourse, when researching it we could not fi Read more..
View Profile | Richmond Sanitarium Health Food Company
Sanitarium's original biscuit, Granose was created in Melbourne by baker Edward Halsey.
Over a century ago, in 1898, a small business opened its doors in Melbourne, Australia with the vision to help people 'learn to stay well' - the meaning of the word Sanitarium - by linking Read more..
View Profile | Melbourne Signs of Understanding
Enjoy signs of Melbourne..
Sign over a Gynaecologist’s Office:
Dr. Jones, at your cervix
In a Podiatrist's office:
Time wounds all heels
On a Septic Tank Truck:
Yesterday's Meals on Wheels
View Profile | Melbourne Signs Signs Everywhere Signs
Signs Signs Everywhere Signs went the song...
It was with delight (and some pride) that I asked my 10 year old son to look up out the left side window of the car so he could see one of the most marvellous signs in Melbourne, the Skipping Girl in Victoria Street, Richmond.
I Read more..
View Profile | Melbourne Size and Population Comparison
Victoria's landmass of 228,000 square kilometres is about the size of the United Kingdom or a little smaller than the US state of California.
By comparison, Australia's size is roughly equal to mainland USA and a little larger than continental Europe. As a result, the distanc Read more..
View Profile | Melbourne Soft Drinks & Ice Blocks
Brands you may remember..
What about LOY'S, SLADES, CRYSTAL and GOLD MEDAL brands all sold direct to the public – they were delivered to homes in wooden crates.
A conversation over dinner raised the question of soft drink brands..
Whats in a name
Whatever happened to Read more..
View Profile | Melbourne Songs | Melbourne
We have long wondered how many songs have been inspired by our marvellous Melbourne with lyrics about suburbs, place names and objects.
Anyone growing up in Melbourne remembers Balwyn Calling from Skyhooks or Who hasn't waited for a loved one Under The Clocks but how many othe Read more..
View Profile | Melbourne TaB Cola Advert | 1982
Here is a 1982 TV advert with Elle Macpherson promoting TaB cola made by Coca-Cola.
View Profile | Melbourne Tarax Soft Drinks
Tarax was the brand-name of an independent Melbourne soft drink bottler and a market innovator including sponsorship of the Tarax Happy Show and the development of new packaging, such as the steel can.
Producing a wide range of flavours including lemonade, orange, lime ("Limel Read more..
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