Archive for March, 2010

The Pacific debuts in US: Melbourne Scenes

The Pacific was partially shot in Australia and more importantly Melbourne about 2 years ago. The mini-series focuses on the US forces battle in WWII against the Japanese. The first two episodes follow a group of marines at home preparing to go to war and a battle defending  Guadalcanal from the Japanese. Don’t worry, no spoilers in this post.

The third episode of the series focuses on the US soldiers R&R time in Australia, in particular the warm welcome by Australians especially the young women. As many may remember the crew of The Pacific took over many places in Melbourne including Flinders Street station and parts of Carlton North.

Screenshots from The Pacific

Screenshots from The Pacific

Screenshots from The Pacific
A couple of scenes from what I believe is VISY Park Victoria Park.

Screenshots from The Pacific

Screenshots from The Pacific

Flinders Street Station

Screenshots from The Pacific

Transformed Rathdowne Street

Rathdowne Street, Carlton North

Screenshots from The Pacific

Outside La Porchetta, Rathdowne Street, Carlton North

Screenshots from The Pacific

Screenshots from The Pacific


745 Rathdowne Street

Screenshots from The Pacific


Image taken from Google Maps

The Railway Hotel, South Melbourne

Screenshots from The Pacific

The newspaper in the background says “Heavy Penalties Needed for Tyre Thieves”. Apparently, there was a bit of tyre theft going on in Melbourne in the 1940’s as explained in an article from The Argus here and also here.

See more screencaps here.

The Pacific debuts in Australia on Channel 7 later in the year.

Some photos from the 1950s of Melbourne

Two great pictures of Melbourne for your Friday afternoon courtesy of Arcade Gazette. The first picture of Flinders Street station appears to be taken at its 100 year anniversary.  Its kind of reminiscent of the Magic Kingdom at Disneyworld/Disneyland.

The second was again taken in the 1950’s featuring a view of Bourke Street with Parliament in the background.  I was surprised to see a double decker bus featured in this picture but it seems that they were quite popular all over Australia at that time period. Yet another adopted British icon.

Moomba Parade 2010

Celebrity Chefs

The rain stopped and the sun was out for this years Moomba parade. After the ferocious weather Melbourne has been experiencing, a sunny day for even only an hour was  a treat for all. Crowds were consistent to previous years, perhaps a little less with the unpredictable weather. I always tell myself to view the festival from the west side of Swanston street and always forget. If you are viewing the festival, Collins and Swanston St, on the western side seems to be the prime position.

This year, they simplified the line up, with an emphasis on themes: arts, sports, food.  Celebrities were abound with celebrity chefs Guy Grossi and Shane Delia. Hosting duties were up to Coxy,  Rebecca Madden & Matthew Richardson.  At one point, they left the microphone near Richo on and you could hear the experienced presenters giving Richo a few pointers.  Another pleasant surprise was seeing Lou Richards.  Not a bad parade and the weather held out until about 20 minutes after the parade finished.

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The King and Queen of Moomba Presenters at Moomba The Art Centre Float Moomba Lou Richards Turks

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8 Mile Creek NY: Aussie Food Overseas

A friend living in New York recently dined at an Australian themed restaurant  called the 8 Mile Creek restaurant and sent me the above picture.  According to their website, they’ve been in business for over 10 years sourcing out the best of Australian wine and food for NY.  Lamb and barramundi sound great but had to laugh at the “Lygon Street” spaghetti.

Outback Steakhouse, a multinational chain of Australian themed restaurants that has locations in Australia (Australians looking for Australian themed food?), takes the cake with their Kookaburra wings and Chocolate Thunder from Down Under. Maybe they should make their Melbourne steak a huge steak with influences of Asian and Greek spices.

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