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Degraves Espresso, Degraves Street, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

© Helen Chierego

Joined November 2007

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Degraves Street, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.

I used to go to a disco in this street many moons ago. I wondered whether it was through that doorway and downstairs to the basement. I remember seeing Stevie Wright’s band the Easybeats play there. Maybe someone could enlighten me on where it was.

The street has changed so much over the years but was always interesting. I remember a great cake shop with Viennese style cakes (delicious cheesecake) and a place that I could buy vegetarian food-that was in the late sixties-for those who remember. ha ha ha!
Later CAE art classes with Mirka Mora… I took my son ‘cause he didn’t want to go to school one day. I’m sure he learned more there that day than he would have at school.

My mother and grandmother (and I suppose great-grandmother) always had a love of the little lanes and streets of Melbourne and we would always walk up Degraves street and cross Flinders Lane meander through Block Arcade for a look at the design on the mosaic floor…then on to the ‘must see’ Royal Arcade to look at Gog and Magog with the clock. Then off the gallery that used to be housed along with the museum in the State Library of Victoria building in Swanston street…later in St Kilda road.

Yesterday to continue that tradition I took my grandaughter through these streets and then we went to the galleries at Fed Square and then St Kilda road. At 3 and a half – she loved those places as I’ve no doubt that Melbourne is singing in her blood. The family has been here since 1856! Looks like we are here to stay!!!

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