Melbourne Circle is an account of a series of walks around the suburbs of Melbourne by Nick Gadd.
Taken together, the walks form a circle around the city. Beginning in Williamstown in the south west, I walked in a clockwise direction, with very occasional brief detours into the city centre. The walk ended with a trip across the bay back to Williamstown, completing the circle.
As a reader, I found it to be extremely interesting, broad and includes some of the best ghost signs you will find anywhere.
Nick’s words: it’s a very personal tour, and that’s part of the point. Every suburb, every street, has millions of stories worth telling, of which I’ve only mentioned a handful. Anyone who took a walk like this would easily find many others. It doesn’t take much – just a bit of observation, curiosity and imagination. They are out there, waiting to be uncovered.
Nick Gadd is a Melbourne writer. He is not a Melburnian (although he should be), he writes essays about Melbourne, history, literature, music and suburban life.
Stories by Melbourne Suburb
- A peek inside the Grand Theatre, Footscray
- So fine a place of entertainment – the lost theatres of Footscray
- The Hot Shot pool saloon
- Footscray revisited
- A walk along Victoria Street (part one)
- A walk along Victoria Street (part two)
- Layers of ghosts on Abbotsford Street
- Memories of Commercial Road
- Turkish baths and oyster saloons: the story of Prahran Arcade
- Lost on Chapel Street
- Squizzy Taylor in Richmond
- Wall of champions
- Lovell’s hairdressers to Loulou’s relaxology
- The Australian Mont De Piete
- Tales from Richmond Hill
St Kilda East