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Cool Urban Relics of Canberra

By Thumper - 1 February 2011 40

Cool Urban Relics of Canberra

As suggested by Roadrage, and inspired by JB’s photo of the archaic VW sign embedded in the pavement on Mort Street, I would like to find out what other interesting, yet probably insignificant urban relics lie around this ever so young city of ours.

For instance, at the northern end of Lonsdale Street there is the name GIRRAWEEN ST stamped into the concrete gutter. On the other side I think it says RAWEEN or something similar as someone has obviously repaired the gutter at some stage.

So far I’ve seen a suggestion for the old Starlight Drive in Sign.

So Rioters, what other cool urban relics exist?

And if you have photos, then please submit them.

What’s Your opinion?


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Cool Urban Relics of Canberra
Beserk Keyboard Warr 1:17 pm 01 Aug 11

Sorry to say I was walking down Mort St the other day and the VW thing has gone. You can still see the outline in the cement but the actual metal emblem has been removed.

amarooresident3 10:04 am 03 Feb 11

Thumper said :

Then there’s the doors which are never open next to The Phoenix, leading to an urban reservoir below

Never noticed them. How odd. I’ll wander over and have a look today.

Didn’t those doors lead to what used to be the Terminus? I spent many a drunken night down there.

p1 9:16 am 02 Feb 11

PM said :

Then there’s the doors which are never open next to The Phoenix, leading to an urban reservoir below….

Speaking of doors that never open, there are the back doors on ACTION buses. Safe enough to open at stops in every city in the world except Canberra.

There is a quarry and crushing plant on black mountain…

facet 8:32 am 02 Feb 11

Ever noticed that as you drive along Limestone Ave from the Ainslie Pub towards Dickson, the cross streets run in alphabetical order from Ainslie Ave down to Ipima St (Ijong St at a stretch).
I reckon this is a relic of a time when city planning was done by bureaucratic records manager types.

Thumper 8:32 am 02 Feb 11

Then there’s the doors which are never open next to The Phoenix, leading to an urban reservoir below

Never noticed them. How odd. I’ll wander over and have a look today.

Comic_and_Gamer_Nerd 6:13 am 02 Feb 11

Excellent topic!

PM 11:44 pm 01 Feb 11

martyo said :

Cool “Digital” Relics of Canberra 🙂

http://web.archive.org/web/20011122003417/http://the-riotact.com/

I say “F*ck You Wobble-Head”.

Aside from that, would the Red Bridge in Belco count? Or the Cameron Offices in Belconnen for that matter. The former dragway. The cork plantation. The Tullys’ farm in Cook (which is not so much an urban relic, but a surviving suburban farm which was once much larger). Then there’s the doors which are never open next to The Phoenix, leading to an urban reservoir below…. This post could go on forever.

baconheist 10:33 pm 01 Feb 11

How about the stone pillars which were built as part of Environa, the failed real estate development behind Hume?
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Environa,_New_South_Wales

I-filed 9:09 pm 01 Feb 11

There’s that quirky nothing little 4 metre lane at the Dickson shops between the old fruit shop and the brick place with the short roller door where they store some apples and potatos. There’s a small room next to it – been empty for decades.

spinact 7:55 pm 01 Feb 11

Thumper said :

What about that random white seat in the middle of Limestone Avenue near Olims?

There’s a few relics to be found on Capital Hill, and in the ACT Legislative Assembly building aswell

Thumper 6:37 pm 01 Feb 11

What about that random white seat in the middle of Limestone Avenue near Olims?

sepi 3:32 pm 01 Feb 11

There is a big old concrete horse hitching post in a nature strip on Officer Cres, in ainslie.

Paul0075 2:59 pm 01 Feb 11

I can suggest the old Westlake settlement at Yarralumla. it’s mostly just parkland now, but there’s signs up showing what old buildings were there etc. The used to be a mudmap clipped to the gate at the end of Empire Cct, which you take for your walk and put back when you were done. The Westlake settlement was a full community of construction families from the early days of Canberra. There were shops and houses, etc. But no paved streets, as it was always meant to be temporary. When wandering the parkland between Empire Cct’s northern end and Alexandrina Dr you can come across old brick culverts, building footings and so on. In some parts you can make out where the roads went as well.

Holden Caulfield 2:59 pm 01 Feb 11

There’s plenty of stamped kerbs in Forrest and the like IIRC, just off Melbourne Ave.

martyo 2:16 pm 01 Feb 11

Cool “Digital” Relics of Canberra 🙂

http://web.archive.org/web/20011122003417/http://the-riotact.com/

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