What I saw in November 2013

Recycles from this blog.

Local–Crown Street Mall

Posted on November 1, 2013 by Neil

When I returned to Wollongong in 2010 after 30 years in Glebe/Paddington/Redfern/Surry Hills, Crown Street Mall looked like this:

Some found the “birdcage” a bit dark, and at night it could be a dangerous area.

So Council decided to dig it all up and start again. And for most of this year they have been digging – quite frankly an ugly process. In addition a whole new shopping complex  is arising at one end….

But yesterday the Mall temporarily reopened….


There are those who think the Spotted Gums are not a good idea.  One of the main reasons for the redevelopment is clear in these next two. Note the cameras!



My fourth Wollongong November–4–Mount Keira Road again

Posted on November 6, 2013 by Neil


From the Illawarra Brewery on Thursday — 1

Posted on November 15, 2013 by Neil



From The Illawarra Brewery on Thursday – 2 – gulls

Posted on November 16, 2013 by Neil


In The Gong on Monday

Posted on November 19, 2013 by Neil


Murals are popping up all over! The three-day mural festival in Wollongong, Wonderwalls, celebrates street art outside of the big city.

And Monday was just a touch wet!



Christmas is coming

Posted on November 27, 2013 by Neil

… but the Christmas Bush is just a shade early this year.



Those were taken this morning in West Wollongong.

What I saw in November 2012

Recycle from my photoblog.

Thieving magpie

Posted on November 4, 2012 by Neil



Bus stop, Princes Highway Figtree

jacarandas–1–pinhole effect

Posted on November 9, 2012 by Neil




City Beach, Wollongong, 11 November — 1

Posted on November 12, 2012 by Neil



Early morning cockatoos, Mangerton

Posted on November 15, 2012 by Neil



Fun–forecourt of Illawarra Brewery last Sunday

Posted on November 18, 2012 by Neil




It is also a Pioneer Memorial, being on the site of the old Catholic Cemetery with names going back as far as the First Fleet.

Street Chess, Wollongong

Posted on November 24, 2012 by Neil


Its days are numbered thanks to progress. One Illawarra Mercury reader noted “The chess board is the only thing in the mall that actually gets used regularly. It would be a shame to get rid of it.” It is to be replaced on another site, apparently.

UPDATE: A chessboard did eventually return, but is too small! The players prefer their temporary venue on the tables behind the Diggers Club. See It’s checkmate at Crown Street Mall again (January 2015) and Wollongong’s chess players leave Crown St Mall as new board is too small for the pieces (December 2015).

One man who was happy to have a few words identified himself as Ace Patrol (formerly Patroli, he said, but the i was dropped). While the conversation with the Mercury may have cost him his concentration, and then the game, he didn’t miss his target.

“It’s a bodgy job – and it’s not complicated,” he said.

“They messed the pieces up. There’s no shelter. There’s no width to the chairs – they’re too small.”

Would they ever return?

“If they set it up properly, of course.”

Council’s director of Infrastructure and works Mike Hyde said players had been consulted during the mall design process.

What I saw in November 2010

Recycle from my photoblog and Neil’s Final Decade. The photoblog was temporarily mothballed in November 2010.

Kembla Street — 1

Posted on November 3, 2010 by Neil



Illawarra Flame

Posted on November 7, 2010 by Neil

The iconic indigenous plant of Wollongong.


Wollongong today

Posted on November 12, 2010 by Neil

This helps me remember why I moved here.



Flagstaff Battery, Wollongong

Posted on November 13, 2010 by Neil

Relic of the Crimean War and the “Russia Scare” ….



Bates Motel visitors

Posted on November 17, 2010 by Neil


Enjoying the sunshine

Posted on November 23, 2010 by Neil


Sunday lunch–Mount Kembla Hotel

Posted on November 28, 2010 by Neil

Historic Mount Kembla proved a great place for lunch with Sirdan on an otherwise dampish day.


More from Mount Kembla

Posted on November 30, 2010 by Neil



An explosion at 2pm on July 31, 1902, at Mt. Kembla colliery killed 96 men and boys. The sound of the explosion could be heard in Wollongong, some 7 miles away. At the end of the day 33 women were widows and 120 children were fatherless.

The hundreds of rescuers were headed by former Keira Mine manager and ex-mayor of Wollongong, Major Henry MacCabe who had played a vital part in rescue efforts at the Bulli Mine disaster in 1887 which killed 81 miners.

MacCabe and Nightshift Deputy, William McMurray were to lose their own lives during the rescue effort to the effect of “overpowering fumes”, adding 2 more deaths to the 94 miners…

— See Mt  Kembla  Colliery Gas  Explosion  –  1902.