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Flinders St: still with a lane closed for tunnel works.
Because of tunnel works, Degraves St subway at Flinders St is closed until 2024. No platform transfer via Degraves St subway. Passengers should use Elizabeth & Swanston St entry/exits. Campbell Arcade remains closed to 2024. Platform interchange via that subway was available until mid 2022.
Bell: No lift access to platforms until Oct 2022, while works continue around the station precinct. A shuttle bus will run from Bell to Preston and Thornbury during this time.
Buses replace trains Macleod - Hurstbridge until the last train Mon 19 Sep 9 (works).
Lilydale/Belgrave lines: Union Rd and Mont Albert Rd closed until 6pm Friday 23 September, for removal work. Detour using Elgar, Canterbury, Whitehorse and Balwyn roads.
Buses replace trains on sections of the Sandringham line until the last train of Sun 11 Sep (works).
Mernda/Hurstbridge lines: All trains direct to/from Flinders St, not via Loop all day, while project works take place. From Loop stns, take Flinders St train from Pl. 3 and change at Flinders St for connecting train.
Cranbourne/Pakenham lines: All trains direct to/from Flinders St, not via Loop all day, while project works take place. From Loop stns, take train from Pl. 4 and change at Richmond for connecting train.
Buses replace trains North Melbourne - Craigieburn until the last train of Sun 11 Sep, while maintenance works take place. Racegoers VRC Sofitel Girls’ Day Pit take a Werribee/Williamstown/Sunbury train to Footscray to connect with special shuttle buses to Flemington Racecourse Hill Gate entrance.
15.19 Hurstbridge line: Major delays after a police action at Heidelberg.
19.34 Sunbury line: Major delays (police). Trains may be held at platforms.
- 19.43 Buses to replace trains Sunshine - Sydenham Watergardens Buses have been ordered but may take over 60 minutes arrive, consider alternatives.
- 19.53 Alternatives are listed at https://bit.ly/16ursfk
- 20.15 Trains have resumed.
21.20 Buses replace trains Camberwell - Alamein ('operational requirements'). Buses in operation, adding travel time. Consider local transport options.
- 23.15 Consider route 75 trams.
- 2.35 Trains resume First trains: 3.02 ex Camberwell; 3.18 ex Alamein.
22.05: Usual arrangements for Richmond and Jolimont for returning football traffic.
At the racetrack, the gardens and the pub, Melbourne remembers the Queen. Cara Waters September 10, 2022
The Victoria Racing Club marked the Queen’s death with one minute’s silence, jockeys wearing black arm bands and condolence books at Flemington race course on Saturday.
A slow stream of people headed to the gates of Government House to leave floral tributes for the Queen and to sign condolence books.
British pub the Sherlock Holmes Inn saw an increase in patrons.
Craig Williams never won a race in the Queen’s colours, but he is still immensely proud of being her jockey on two occasions.
“I ran second and third for her majesty and in one of the races there was only three horses, so [you could either say] I ran third or I ran last,” Williams said on Saturday.
Jockey Craig Williams wears the Queen’s colours to mark the occasion at Flemington Racecourse. CREDIT:JUSTIN MCMANUS
Saying he felt honoured to again wear the royal silks of purple with gold braid and scarlet sleeves Williams paid tribute to the Queen at Flemington Racecourse on Saturday.
“She’s been a constant throughout all of our lives,” Williams said. “She’s always done what’s right, not always necessarily what’s easy, but what’s always been right.”
Across the city on Saturday, Melburnians acknowledged the Queen’s death in their own way.
At Flemington, there was a minute’s silence, jockeys wore black arm bands and flags were flown at half-mast.
Racegoers sign a condolence book at Flemington racecourse. CREDIT:JUSTIN MCMANUS
Horse racing was a passion for the Queen who read the Racing Post every morning over breakfast.
She visited Flemington in 1954, 1963 and 1977 and her horse Arabian Story finished sixth in the 1997 Melbourne Cup.
Victoria Racing Club chairman Neil Wilson said the Queen’s knowledge and passion for horse racing was well-known and inspiring.
“Talk to anybody that’s spoken to her about racing, no matter who it is whether it is Gai Waterhouse, Chris Waller or Bart Cummings at the time, they’d say she really understands horse racing,” he said. “So it was a very special part of her life.”
The Queen at Flemington in 1954 congratulating jockey Bill Williamson, who rode Sunish to victory in the Duke of Edinburgh Australian Cup.CREDIT:ARGUS COLLECTION
The Queen first rode a horse when she was 3 years old and inherited the breeding and racing stock of her father, King George VI, when she acceded to the throne in 1952.
“My philosophy about racing is simple,” she said in a BBC documentary, The Queen’s Racehorses: A Personal View. “I enjoy breeding a horse that is faster than other people’s. And to me, that is a gamble from a long way back.”
Punters Elaine Hamilton and Mary Fitzgerald both signed the condolence book at the racetrack and wanted to pay tribute to the Queen.
“She was always so dignified, no matter what turbulence was going on,” Fitzgerald said.
The Queen at Flemington.
Hamilton said the Queen had been through a lot and remained calm through it all.
“To have four children and then to deal with all the children’s problems,” Hamilton said. “I think she’s been marvellous.”
In the Botanic Gardens light rain did not deter a steady stream of people from heading to the entrance to Government House across the day to pay their respects.
Mourners laid bouquets, which numbered more than 100, by the side of the gates and queued up to sign condolence books.
Mourners leave floral tributes to the Queen outside Government House. CREDIT:JUSTIN MCMANUS
Wreath-layer Glenn Malloch said he felt very sad about the Queen’s death.
“She was everyone’s granny, she’s been there for ever,” he says. “She did what she said she was going to do when she took the throne. She gave a life of devotion and we thank her for her service.”
British-style pubs experienced an influx of patrons. At the Sherlock Holmes on Collins Street, owner Gary Kirwan said there was a noticeable increase in patronage, with people asking specifically for an English beer.
“Of course our recommendation has been for a London Pride,” Kirwan said.
Gary Kirwan, owner of the Sherlock Holmes Inn, pours a pint of English beer to prepare for an influx of patrons. CREDIT:LUIS ENRIQUE ASCUI
“I suspect we will see this trend continue in the coming weeks.”
Kirwan said besides regulars there were many extra patrons coming in to mark the occasion with a drink.
“It’s a nice gesture,” he said. “There were quite a few having a pint in her honour.”
Working behind the bar Di Danckert said everybody that came into the pub made some remark about the Queen.
“I feel very sad,” Danckert said.
“For as long as I’ve been alive, she’s been the Queen and I’m 75 and I haven’t known anything different.”
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Last week's photo was a Melbourne B-class tram, complete with destination 'GUNGAHLIN' displayed, parked on City Walk, between Petrie Plaza and Garema Place in Civic in 1992. The photo was submitted by John Davenport who explains the tram "was trucked to Canberra and was on display for a fortnight in February 1992 to help promote the concept of a line to Gungahlin". Peter Harris was also quick to point out "the first tram in Canberra was actually set up as a static display at the Dickson Tradies Club in April 1979". Peter further adds "the first electric trams to run in Canberra were installed beside the Australian War Memorial in September 2001 to generate interest for the Federation Tram Line" to connect the National Museum of Australia through Civic, to the war memorial. The project was scrapped after the federal government refused to support it. According to John Davenport, "After some time in safe storage those two electric trams were moved to the Sydney Tram Museum at Loftus in Sydney."
Melbourne landmarks glow royal purple to pay our respects to fallen monarch Queen Elizabeth II. Alexandra Middleton, Shannon Deery, Tayla Couacaud, Rebekah Cavanagh and Regan Hodge September 10, 2022. 41 comments
The MCG, Federation Square and Flinders Street Station have been lit up in royal purple as the city mourns the death of Queen Elizabeth II.
video: Wreath laid at Government House following the passing of the Queen The Honourable Linda Dessau AC, Governor of Victoria and Mr Anthony Howard AM have laid a wreath at the front gate of Government House following the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II
Several Melbourne landmarks have been lit up in the colour purple as the state mourns the death of Queen Elizabeth II.
Flinders Street Station, Melbourne Town Hall and the Arts Centre were among those glowing a regal purple on Friday night.
The Shrine of Remembrance, Federation Square, National Gallery of Victoria, AAMI Park, and the Bolte Bridge also coloured the skyline with purple patches visible from all parts of the city.
The lights also surrounded the Melbourne Cricket Ground as thousands of fans flocked to the ’G for Friday night’s semi-final clash between the Dees and Lions.
Other landmarks included ACMI, John Cain Arena, Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne Recital Centre, the Royal Exhibition Building, and the Tulla Sound tube.
The MCG is illuminated in royal purple to pay respect at the passing of Queen Elizabeth II. Picture: Quinn Rooney
The Shrine of Remembrance glows. Picture: Tony Gough
A photograph of Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Philip and a crowd of adoring Australian fans has been projected onto one of the buildings at Federation Square.
An accompanying tribute read: “Fed Square offers our deepest condolences to his majesty King Charles II, the Royal Family, and all those mourning the loss of her majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
“Queen Elizabeth II served with grace and uncompromising dignity — she raised the bar and blazed a path for women in power to follow.”
Michael Angus, a traveller from interstate, said the light display was an appropriate send-off for the monarch.
“It looks really nice, it’s a good way for the city to pay its respect,” he said.
“She has obviously been a part of Australian culture for a long time.”
South Yarra resident Charlotte Witham said the display was: “It’s a fitting tribute, it looks so beautiful.”
Daniel Andrews says ‘no monarch’ like Queen
Earlier, Premier Daniel Andrews paid tribute to the reign of Queen Elizabeth II, remembering her as “like no monarch before her”.
“On behalf of our government, and every Victorian, we offer our deep condolences to His Majesty King Charles III, The Royal Family, and all those mourning the loss of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II,” Mr Andrews said.
“Very few of us know a world without the Queen in it.
“Her presence spanned countries, cultures, language, and continents – her reign transcended decades and generations.
“And like no monarch before her, she captured our hearts and our affection.”
The Premier also announced landmarks across Melbourne would be lit up in purple for more than week in honour of Her Majesty.
Flinders Street Station. Picture: Tony Gough
The stage set for the AFL semi-final. Picture: Michael Willson
The Art Centre. Picture: Tony Gough
Daniel Andrews confirmed the move on Friday after the government sought advice on whether or not it would be disrespectful to light up Melbourne monuments.
“When the sun sets this evening, until the evening of Her Majesty’s funeral, landmarks across Melbourne will be lit up in the regal colour purple as a token of our deep respect and gratitude for Queen Elizabeth II, her service, dignity, and grace,” Mr Andrews said.
Mr Andrews said the Queen visited Victoria 11 times and left her mark on the state.
Queen Elizabeth II rides royal tram down St Kilda Rd, Melbourne in 2011. Picture: Getty Images
Crowds greet the Queen at Federation Square in 2011.
The Queen and Prince Philip ride the royal tram to Federation Square. Picture. Alex Coppel
“She talked with patients and families at the Royal Children’s – and opened our Commonwealth Games,” he said.
“She rode a tram around the Hoddle grid, watched Richmond win at the MCG, and caught a show at the Princess Theatre.
“She travelled across the state – visiting Tatura, Echuca, Rochester, Castlemaine, Maryborough, Ballarat and Geelong — touching so much of what makes Victoria special.
“Her historic reign and long life has come to an end, but Victorians’ deep affection and respect for Her Majesty lives on.”
The Queen last visited Victoria in 2011.
Queen Elizabeth receives flowers from schoolchildren at the state reception at Government House in Melbourne in 2011. Picture: AFP
The Queen and Prince Philip at the opening of the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne with Premier Ted Baillieu.
The Queen enters the state reception at Government House, Melbourne, in 2011. Picture: AAP
“We treasured her, and the entire world respected her,” Mr Andrews said.
“Queen Elizabeth II served with grace and uncompromising dignity – she raised the bar and blazed a path for women in power to follow.
“And through many of our darkest hours, through war and catastrophe, her steady hand and unwavering strength stood as a symbol of hope and assurance when it was needed most.”
Her death means Victorian MPs will need to swear a new allegiance to King Charles III before the Victorian Parliament can resume.
Victorian constitutional expert Professor Greg Taylor, said the oath would need to be taken again.
Queen Elizabeth II on the balcony of Government House, Melbourne, in 1954. Picture: Getty Images
The Queen on her royal visit to Melbourne in 1954.
The last sitting week ahead of November’s state election is due to begin on Tuesday.
“Parliament will sit precisely so that the oath can be taken again,” Prof Taylor said.
“In the old days the death of the Monarch meant that Parliament was dissolved – as if it were summoned to give advice to the Monarch as in pre-Democratic days.
“In short, not much will alter. No doubt the clerks will look up the precedents from the last time, seventy years ago, and do that.”
The last time a monarch died, with the death of King George VI in 1952, the Victorian government proclaimed the new reign officially.
The Queen and Prince Philip arrive at Essendon Aerodrome in 1954.
Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip board a flight from Melbourne to Canberra in 2011. Picture: Getty Images
Professor Taylor said it would be interesting to see if the state government repeated the practice.
“There is no legal requirement to do so but doing it does emphasise the direct links of the State with the Crown – not subordinate to the feds,” he said.
The flags on Victoria’s Parliament House will remain at half-mast throughout the official mourning period.
Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip attend a Royal Garden Party in Melbourne in 1954.
video: Premier Andrews pays tribute to Her Majesty the Queen
Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has paid tribute to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II following her passing
Leaders pay tribute to Queen Elizabeth
Opposition Leader Matthew Guy described the Queen as “a rock of stability in an unstable world for an unprecedented seven decades”.
“Her reign as Monarch and Australia’s Head of State since 1952 is an extraordinary achievement by an extraordinary person,” Mr Guy said on Friday.
“The great affection Australians, in particular Victorians, felt toward Queen Elizabeth II was sincere and genuine.”
Mr Guy recounted occasions where the Queen “showed a deep affection and interest for the welfare” of Victorians during tumultuous times, pointing to the Ash Wednesday and Black Saturday bushfires.
“The Victorian opposition places on record our deep sadness at Her Majesty’s passing,” he said.
“The Liberal and National parties also send our sincerest sympathies to King Charles III and the Royal Family on the loss of their mother, grandmother and great grandmother.”
Opposition Leader Matthew Guy says the Queen's reign was an ‘extraordinary achievement by an extraordinary person’. Picture: Nicki Connolly
In a statement, President of the Legislative Council Nazih Elasmar said the Queen would be remembered for a lifetime of dedicated service.
“And will long be admired for honouring throughout her reign the commitment she made to the people of the Commonwealth,” he said.
“We are grateful for all that Her Majesty achieved during a remarkable life.
“On behalf of the Victorian Parliament, we offer our sincere condolences to the Royal Family, recognising that their loss is also felt by so many people here in Victoria and across the world.”
Governor Linda Dessau said she extended sincere condolences to King Charles III and to the Royal Family on behalf of all Victorians.
“Her Majesty gave a lifetime of service to Australia and to the Commonwealth,” she said.
“She will be remembered with deep respect and affection across the globe.”
A wreath is laid at Government House to mark the Queen’s passing. Picture: David Crosling
Wreaths, flowers at Government House
The Honourable Linda Dessau AC, Governor of Victoria, and Mr Anthony Howard AW laid a wreath at the front gate of Government House at 10am on Friday morning.
The governor addressed the media following the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
Ms Dessau has welcomed Victorians to pay their tributes outside Government House.
“It’s absolutely appropriate to pay tribute to some who has led and been in the public life for so many decades,” she said.
“In an era where so many things change so quickly it’s such a constant in our lives and Her Majesty genuinely cared for the people she served.”
Premier Daniel Andrews and wife Catherine with Governor Linda Dessau and her partner Tony Howard at Government House. Picture: Ian Currie
The Australian flag flies at half mast at Government House. Picture: David Crosling
The Australian flag flies at half mast at Parliament House in Melbourne. Picture: David Caird
Ms Dessau and Anthony Howard had the pleasure of meeting the Queen in 2015.
“We can both agree it was a wonderful experience,” Ms Dessau said.
Mr Howard recalled the Queens making him feel at ease in her presence.
“She was very intelligent, very sharp and had a quirky sense of humour,” he said.
The gardens at Government House have a Royal History.
Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews and Catherine Andrew’s have also joined the governor and paid tribute to Her Majesty’s historic reign.
The Premier and his wife laid a wreath at the gate of Government House.
Queen Elizabeth II planted a Ghost Maple tree on the grounds on her first visit to Australia in 1954.
While the Duke of Edinburgh planted a Monterey Cypress on the same visit on March 9, 1954.
Flags fly at half mast at Government House in Melbourne on September 9, 2002 in honour of Queen Elizabeth II who died at the age of 96. Picture: Ian Currie
Robert Jordan, pictured with his dog Sherpa, brings flowers to Government House to honour the Queen. Picture: Ian Currie
The trees have stood growing along the driveway of Government House, just inside the front gates.
Ms Dessau said the trees planted by the Queen Her Majesty “are a symbol of the long and strong connection between the Queen Her Majesty and Victoria.”
“It stands proudly for every visitor that comes to Government house.”
Opposition Leader Matthew Guy and wife Renae also laid a wreath on the grounds.
“As the sovereign passes to King Charles, we will always fondly remember and with great admiration what has been someone’s life I guess will never be replicated,” Mr Guy said.
Mr Guy and wife Renae were invited by the governor to sign the official condolence book.
“Queen Elizabeth has been a constant in all our lives in world history not just commonwealth Australia history.”
“For every Victorian is a moment to pause and reflect.”
As a mark of respect the flags were lowered to half mast at Government House on Friday morning.
The Australian National flag will be flown at half-mast until after the day of the funeral in the United Kingdom.
Direction will be provided to raise the flag for the proclamation.
A memorial exhibition celebrating the historic reign of Queen Elizabeth will be open to the public in the state apartments of Government House from Monday, September 12.
Queen Elizabeth II with Prince Charles, who has now become King. Picture: Getty Images
Barristers change title to King’s Counsel
Victoria’s top barristers appointed Queen’s Counsel have begun changing their email signatures and online profiles to King’s Counsel following the Queen’s death.
The Australian Bar Association confirmed in a statement that all QCs across the nation would automatically have their honorary title changed to KC.
“On the demise of Her Majesty Elizabeth II, the Queen of Australia, and the accession to the throne of His Majesty Charles III, the King of Australia, the appointments of persons as Queen’s Counsel by letters patent continue automatically,” the ABA said.
“By custom, those persons, upon the passing of Her Majesty, became ‘King’s Counsel’ (or ‘KC’). They did not need to seek new letters patent of appointment or take any further action.”
On behalf of the state’s solicitors, Law Institute of Victoria president Tania Wolff also paid tribute to the Queen and thanked her for her service.
“Through her 70-year reign, the Queen has been a constant figure in our lives,” Ms Wolff said.
“Her life’s work exemplifies the qualities of dedication, commitment, compassion, dignity and an extraordinary work ethic.
“As the world mourns the loss of a truly remarkable and much loved woman, we too join in sending on our sincere condolences to His Majesty King Charles III and the Royal family.”
Haydn Beasley lays flowers outside Government House in Melbourne. Picture: Ian Currie
Victorians turn out to honour Queen
Mourners gathered outside government house to honour the late monarch.
“Rest in peace your Majesty, you kept your promise,” one mourner wrote.
Another wrote “so saddened at the news of the death.”
“The last year must have been particularly difficult without her beloved Phillip by her side.”
Many have “thanked” the Queen for her service and are in “gratitude for a life of enduring service.”
Five Mont Claire aged care residents boarded a bus from Brighton to pay their respects.
Pamela Greaves, laid a bunch of pink flowers for the Queen as “she was always in pink”.
Ms Greaves said “I was thinking I wish I could sign the book, so we came up here with flowers”.
“I was surprised, I really was and saddened on hearing the news,” she said.
Ms Greaves said King Charles would “be good for the English people”, “God save the King”.
Tim Renouf stood outside the gates of Government House and sang “I vow to thee my country”.
“It’s a duality hymn, loyalty or oneself and as well as their loyalty to country and I would say the Queen fits the bill,” he said.
“I’m 65 years old and that’s probably the prime reason why I am here, my whole life has always been with the Queen”.
Nicola Johanson and her sons Kyrie, 5 and Tate, 3, lay flowers outside Government House. Picture: Ian Currie
Memorial at St Paul’s Cathedral
Melbourne’s largest Anglican Church, St Paul’s Cathedral, has paid tribute to Queen Elizabeth II with a nostalgic memorial.
The Book of Gold — which includes a record of the monarch’s first visit to St Paul’s - was on Friday displayed inside the church, accompanied by a bouquet of flowers and a photograph of a smiling Elizabeth.
The “royal kneeler” — used by the Queen during mass — was also on display for well-wishers to view.
Queen Elizabeth II first visited St Paul’s Cathedral in 1953, following her coronation.
During her visits to Victoria she was a regular worshipper at St Paul’s.
The page currently on display from the Book of Gold marks the occasion when the Queen, Prince Phillip, and their eldest children Charles and Anne attended Evensong at the Cathedral during their 1970 Australian tour.
Haydn Beasley and James Vane Lindsay of Montclaire Aged Care in Brighton lay flowers. Picture: Ian Currie
Queen Elizabeth II first visited St Paul’s Cathedral in 1953. Picture: Ian Currie
The Dean of Melbourne and St Paul’s Cathedral Dr Andreas Loewe said the Queen would leave a lasting legacy for Christians in Melbourne and around the globe.
“It’s a wonderful opportunity for us to remember her and for people in Melbourne to know that, you know, she’s been here,” Dr Loewe said.
“She’s the supreme governor of the Church of England … I think she’s been, throughout her life, an incredible ambassador of the Christian faiths.
“She’s somebody who’s spoken about her faith as the motivation for the work that she does.”
The memorial will be on display for the public to view in the coming days.
Melbourne Anglican Archbishop Philip Freier on Friday expressed his “deep sadness and sense of loss” at the Queen’s passing, and said Melbourne’s Anglican community “will mourn her alongside all of Britain, the Commonwealth and people across the world”.
“We remember with gratitude the grace with which she performed her duties, a steadfast and reassuring figure through decades of tremendous change and times of both hardship and joy,” Archbishop Freier said.
“As a frequent visitor to Australia, the Queen had a special place in the hearts of Australians and she leaves behind a truly extraordinary legacy, having touched the lives of so many.
“May Her Late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II rest in peace and rise in glory.”
St Paul’s Cathedral will hold a prayer service remembering Her Majesty on Friday night.
This Sunday at 6pm, St Paul’s will hold a solemn Choral Evensong to celebrate the long life of the Queen.
The service, led by Archbishop Freier, is open to all and will be live-streamed.
Prayers of thanksgiving for the Queen and those who mourn her will be said at all St Paul’s services over the next ten days.
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Pedestrian hit and killed by tram in South Melbourne, traffic delays across the city. Regan Hodge, Grace Baldwin and Anthony Dowsley September 10, 2022 Herald Sun
A person has died after being struck by a tram near the corner of Kings Way and York St, causing traffic delays across the city.
Emergency crews at the scene. Picture: Regan Hodge
A pedestrian has been killed after they were struck by a tram in South Melbourne on Saturday.
Emergency services were called to the intersection of Kings Way and York St about 1.30pm.
The yet-to-be formally identified pedestrian died at the scene.
The exact circumstances surrounding the collision were being investigated.
Police, fire crews, SES, and Ambulances were on scene with traffic being diverted down side streets.
The front of the tram was covered by a blue tarp.
Seven empty trams were backed up along Kings Way.
One lane of traffic was crawling along Kings Way just meters from where the crash occurred.
Three lanes of traffic were getting through outbound, toward St Kilda, while one lane remains open toward the CBD.
Several Yarra Trams incident response members were also on scene.
Traffic was backed up across the city, with cars in gridlock all the way back to Dandenong Rd and the St Kilda Rd entrance to Kings Way.
Drivers were growing increasingly agitated and impatient at the crawling traffic, with one man pressing his car horn repeatedly.
Footy fans heading to the MCG were warned to prepare for extended delays in travel time.
Anyone with information, dashcam/CCTV footage was urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000