608 was outshopped with spur geared BTH motors. It was one of the last ‘noisy’ Malvern trams receiving a truck change in 1978.
From:tramsdownunder@... tramsdownunder@...> On Behalf Of David Featherstone
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Subject: [TramsDownUnder] Ron #41
Both shots December 1972. Two tremendous overhauled W2s with their new marker lights.
608 in St Kilda Rd at Park St Glen Iris bound (wrong desto)
648 has just left Flinders St, passed Spring St and is in Wellington Parade with the Treasury Gardens on her left, where they used to hold the Herald Outdoor Art Show for a week each December, starting in 1953. Maybe it was on then.
Further on we pass Lansdowne St and the gardens become the Fitzroy Gardens. You all remember Capt Fitzroy who captained HMS Beagle and took Charles Darwin on his travels to the Galapagos Islands. They did have a falling out later however upon Darwin's Origins of the Species - Fitzroy was appalled. He was very religious. He would turn up at Darwin speeches and heckle him. True
Cooks' Cottage located in here.
Then further up in the distance you can see a crane - this is the construction of the Melbourne Hilton on the site of the demolished (1968) Clivedon Mansions (pronounced Kleevdon) building on the corner of Clarendon St . This was an iconic building in East Melbourne. For all Norm Gallagher's faults he stopped a lot of wanton demolition in his day, Clivedon was too early for Norm, however. The Old Freemason's Hospital up the road in Clarendon St is now called Epworth-Clivedon.
Oh did I say there's a rather large football ground on the other side of the road near Jolimont Station?
Every picture tells a story - or two.
Thanks for the snaps Ron.