Saturday, March 28, 2015


Like hundreds of Melbournians I braved the cold yesterday to attend and take photos before and after the State Funeral of Malcolm Fraser held at Scot's Church in Collins Street (for family, friends and politicians) and with live feed on four large screens at at St. Michael's Church (opposite) for the general public. I felt sorry for the journalists, camera operators and others who had to stand out in the cold waiting to get that one great photo and admired those from the Vietnamese community who held their Rest in Peace banner from 10am to after the funeral ended at around 12.30pm. In an otherwise quiet and solemn day the only spectacle was the casket covered with an Australian flag and white flowers.  It was a beautiful service and I was happy to be one of many to sign the condolences book for the family. I simply wrote Respect and Admiration.

Live feed inside St. Michael's. Photo: Julie Clarke (c) 2015

Tammy Fraser coming out of Scot's Church. Photo: Julie Clarke (c) 2015
Tammy Fraser and family. Photo: Julie Clarke (c) 2015

Tanya Plibersek and The Honorable Daniel Andrews. Photo: Julie Clarke (c) 2015
Christine Milne. Photo: Julie Clarke (c) 2015
Julie Bishop (sorry, all a bit of a blur). Photo: Julie Clarke (c) 2015

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Blowing a raspberry.

I guess this is tit for tat, with a raspberry thrown in (I really should stop poking my tongue out when someone tries to take my photo). The photo below was taken by Herbert Eckhardt as 'payback' for me taking a photograph of him last week, same place, coffee shop in Swan Street, Richmond.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Herbert talking to TF

It's been ages since I wrote anything on this blog. I've been busy helping my son research a now extinct property - Craigievar, 71 Riversdale Road, Hawthorn where we lived from 1984-1991. We've been trying to find a photograph of a grand old house that no longer exists, but I've been more interested in finding out about the original residents, James and Jane Hutchings. I've also found it a little difficult doing anything on a computer of late and thankfully my new reading glasses will be ready today. I've been doing my usual gymnasium sessions, walking and, of course, taking photographs. I've also completed eight pastel and graphite drawings of a 1940s cardboard weekend suitcase that I'd recently purchased.  Here's a photograph I took last week in Swan Street. Herbert (a friend of Tony Figallo) outside a coffee shop.

Herbert, Swan St. Richmond. Photo: Julie Clarke (c) 2015

Thursday, March 12, 2015


I had the pleasure this morning of walking from Swan to Tanner Street with that petite French/Australian artist Mirka Mora where her recent paintings are on show at William Mora Galleries, 60 Tanner Street, Richmond. I first met Mirka when she ran a doll-making workshop at the Hawthorn Community House in the mid 1980s (of course, I have seen her from a distance during that time). I couldn't believe that this sprite, gorgeous lady, who still throws in a little of the French language amongst English when she speaks, turns 87 years old next week - talk about the epitome of  the phrase I have been using of late - There's life in the old girl yet.  I was absolutely delighted to be in her company and see her recent paintings, which sport her trademark symbols. I wish I had my camera with me, but I didn't. I'm hoping for an opportunity to photograph her in the future.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

There's life in the old girl yet! #2

I took this self-portrait in Citizen's Park, Richmond yesterday afternoon. I didn't like the look of the cars in the background so replaced them with more greenery.
There's life in the old girl yet! #2.    Julie Clarke (2015)

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Monday, March 2, 2015

Walk #3: Bridge Road, Richmond to Prahran Market, Malvern Road.

On Saturday morning I walked from Bridge Road/Church Street, Richmond to the Prahran Market in Malvern Road (4 km). I walked on the right hand side of Church Street and you can see from the photographs I took below why it is named as it is.

The street is awash with old buildings; most significant is the Great Britain Hotel - Winston Churchill looking most fine and the Bryant and May match factory. Of course, I stopped for a cup of coffee on the way and my walk was a stroll rather than anything that might be considered athletic. (Ha)

The most enjoyable part of the walk for me was walking over the Church Street bridge. The river looked absolutely beautiful, but I must say I was rather impressed by this cascading stairway from the bridge to the waters edge.

 Photo above is my absolute favorite because of the reflection of the bridge in the water and the ambitious graffiti.

I'm afraid that there wasn't much of interest for the next three blocks, which were filled with Designer clothing shops. However, amidst all of those building was a tiny walkway called Lovers Walk.

Prior to arriving at the Prahran I did photograph St. Joseph's Church and this gorgeous pub.

Best 'catch of the day' was when I recognized and photographed Peter Ellis (currently an Associate Professor in Art at RMIT), but was one of my painting tutors when I undertook my BA in Painting/Printing at RMIT 1989-1981 walking into the market with his shopping trolley.

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Walk #2 Hawthorn Bridge to Riversdale Road, Hawthorn via Burwood Road.

On Thursday I undertook another big walk, this time from Hawthorn Bridge to Riversdale Road via Burwood Road (as far as 480) - I think it was about 4 km.I began by photographing my mother's first school Hawthorn Central Primary. (If you click on the images you can see more detail)
I also photographed Christ Church adjacent to the school. It has a National Trust status and I can understand why as the foundation stone was laid on 19 November 1853 by Governor Charles LaTrobe.
The photograph below shows the amazing view of the city of Melbourne from Christ Church hill.
I walked through to St. James park and took a photo of the WW2 Korea Shrine and back to Burwood Road.

I walked up Burwood Road and crossed over to Lavage Street, the house my parent's lived in when I was born. That fence looks as if it has been there all my life!
I proceeded up Burwood Road and turned left into Power Street to take a photograph of the first school that I attended - St. Joseph's Primary. It has hoardings surrounding it advertising the fact that it is to be converted into a posh retirement village. Thankfully it looks as though they will be incorporating the school and little catholic church. I was only able to take this photo because a gate was open. I still remember running down that ramp each day.

I backtracked a little to look in the large Salvoes shop on the left hand side and then took some photos of the Immaculate Conception church, which has massive scaffolding around the spire.

After stopping off for lunch I headed up to the first house I lived in with my grandmother at 480 Burwood Road, Hawthorn. Searching for Easter eggs in the hedgerow was an early memory as was sitting on those steps.
Oh, just one more note, I'm calling the following photograph Vampire (as I've recently seen the Iranian film A girl walks home alone at night. Young girl with cape near Swinburne University.
I'm not sure where my next walk will take me. Perhaps to the Botanical Garden or Dights Falls. I will check in with you all then.