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Footscray

F intro

 

Welcome to Melbourne, a city I’ve never spent more than a few days in or explored beyond the obvious – Fitzroy, St Kilda, that sort of thing. And anyway, that was eons ago, when Fitzroy was the latest hip thing and Chapel Street was still cool.

What was it like nowadays I wondered – and so here we are, city No 13 on 52 Suburbs Around the World.

I’d planned to spend longer but the way things have worked out means that we’ll only be here for two weeks, which, considering the size (four million-ish) and diversity of Melbourne is really not enough to do the city justice. But I need to get Coco back to school (she’s already missing the first week or so) and so two suburbs it will have to be.

For the first of those two suburbs I ended up choosing one that quite a few people suggested on my Facebook page – Footscray, five kilometres west of the city.

Some fast facts… Aboriginal forever until 1803 when the first European stepped foot in the area. Declared a municipality in 1859 with a population of 300 and 70 buildings. Industrial from mid-1800s until the 1960s and 70s when it began to decline. Central Footscray is now one of the main shopping and transport hubs for Melbourne’s western suburbs. Once very European, today the suburb is mainly Asian and African.

Ready?

 

Part 1: Footscray in a former life

Once upon a time the Footscray shopping strip was a little Europe, with Greeks, Italians and Yugoslavians filling the place. Times have clearly changed – I think I counted just three Italian establishments and not even one Greek joint. But I did find a Greek Orthodox Church and a wonderful Italian pasticceria dishing out some of the best cannoli in Melbourne.

 

 

old Footscray - Heidi at the Greek Orthodox church

old Footscray – Heidi at the Greek Orthodox church

 

 

 

 

Standing outside the Italian pasticceria, T Cavallaro and Sons, that’s been fattening up the suburb for more than 50 years, I met Ben and Matthew, 10 year old twins from an Italian background. They were in Footscray with their parents to pick up a cake for the 50th wedding anniversary of their nonna and nonno.

 

 

double-take - redheads in Footscray

double-take – redheads in Footscray :: 1

 

 

 

 

Ben and Matthew, 10, from an Italian background, picking up a cake for the 50th wedding anniversary of their nonna and nonno

double-take – redheads in Footscray :: 2

 

 

 

 

Apparently the pasticceria’s cannoli also draw crowds from all around with their creamy, thick, thigh-expanding deliciousness.

 

 

the best in town - cannelloni from T Cavallaro and Sons

the best in town – cannoli from T Cavallaro and Sons

 

 

 

 

Sitting at one of the cafes along a street that’s now dominated mainly by East African men, I caught sight of something else very European – a beret sitting atop the head of 77 year old Elias, originally from Bosnia.

 

 

Elias, 77, from Bosnia - "Where have I lived in Melbourne? Richmond and Footscray"

Elias, 77, from Bosnia – “Where have I lived in Melbourne? Richmond, Footscray, lots of places”

 

 

 

 

In search of more Greeks or Italians, I headed to Yarraville, just down the road from Footscray, where I found a Greek christening taking place.

 

 

"There's a few of us still here in Yarraville" - a Greek Christening

“There’s a few of us still here in Yarraville” – a Greek Christening

 

 

 

 

Zoe at her cousin's Christening at a Greek Orthodox church, Yarraville

Zoe at her cousin’s Christening at a Greek Orthodox church, Yarraville

 

 

 

 

But that was about it for signs of the old European Footscray – today it’s quite a different story…

 

 

Part 2: Footscray today

Or Footscary as some people refer to it thanks to the crime and drug problems it once faced and still faces to some extent.

Locals told me that 15 years ago the whole area, from Footscray to Yarraville, was down at heel and druggy. “If you got off at Yarraville train station, or Seddon, or Footscray, you’d be offered drugs”, was what I kept hearing.

Since then Yarraville cleaned up its act and is now fully gentrified. And Seddon, which is much closer to Footscray – in fact, is actually considered a part of Footscray – looks pretty glam too.

But Footscray itself, especially around the shopping centre, is still yet ‘to go’ – as one lady said, “The trendies haven’t made it here yet thank god”. Instead, it’s populated largely by immigrants – Vietnamese, Chinese and, more recently, East Africans.

Having said that, there is one part of the suburb, along the Maribyrnong River, that’s been designated an arts precinct. One moment you’re in highly multicultural Footscray, the next you’re looking over the river, latte in hand from the Happy River Cafe, before taking a round of the Footscray Community Arts Centre.

 

 

Footscray today - at one end, artsy, the other, Asian

Footscray today – at one end, artsy, the other, Asian

 

 

 

 

Danny and Jo, from China

Danny and Jo, from China

 

 

 

 

"We live here because of the markets and the fact it's so close to the city"

“We live here because of the markets and the fact it’s so close to the city”

 

 

 

 

the latest strangers to be welcomed into Footscray - Africans

the latest strangers to be welcomed into Footscray – Africans

 

 

 

 

transplanted traditions - "It takes six hours for them to do my hair like this and it lasts four months" - Daruka from Sudan

transplanted traditions – “It takes six hours for them to do my hair like this” – Daruka from Sudan

 

 

 

 

African Town

African Town

 

 

 

 

Ngor, 6, from the recently created South Sudan

Ngor, 6, from the recently created South Sudan

 

 

 

Medina from Ethiopia

Medina from Ethiopia

 

 

 

 

growing up Aussie - Medina's daughter, Hawi

growing up Aussie – Medina’s daughter, Hawi

 

 

 

 

Part 3: Arty Footscray

I was checking out the ‘legendary’ Olympic Donuts stand near the station one day when a young African woman in jeans and boots stopped by for a bag of the sugary goodness – after spending days watching the Sudanese, Somali and Ethiopian women go about their business in their traditional dress (most of whom refused to be photographed, drat it) I was curious.

Turned out that Duaa, a 22 year old recent RMIT graduate, was from an Eritrean background but had been born in Melbourne, in nearby Yarraville.

She explained that she now lived a little further west but had just started renting a studio in Footscray to do her art in.

For her, being a “hybrid” as she called it wasn’t confusing or difficult, but something she enjoyed.

And she loved Footscray for its cultural diversity and edge – and cheap rent.

 

 

Duaa, 22, born and bred in Western Melbourne by parents from Eritrea

“I like being a hybrid, it’s normal now in this country” – Duaa

 

 

 

 

Given her studio’s address – in one of the dodgiest bits of Footscray, near where a handful of druggies hang around every day – the rent was attractively cheap. And the colourful graphics painted along the laneway were doing their best to uplift. But still, you couldn’t help looking over your shoulder once or twice.

 

 

outside her studio

“My family wasn’t thrilled when I told them where my studio was” – Duaa, outside her studio

 

 

 

 

"I like being a hybrid of Eritrean and Australian, it's normal now in this country"

“I don’t want to be famous, I just want to make art that’s considered significant in some way”

 

 

 

 

"If I work late, I always check to see who's hanging around downstairs before I go - it can be a little scary at times"

“If I work late, I always check to see who’s hanging around downstairs before I go – it can be a little scary”

 

 

 

 

Part 4: West Footscray

Technically a separate suburb but one that I strayed into without realising I’d actually left Footscray proper. And interesting because this is where the Indian part of Footscray is, as well as the latest wave of new arrivals – whities. Or as someone I met who lived there said, “West Footscray is where people from Elwood (an eastern suburb) come to breed”.

 

 

Kalpita and Priyanka, in West Footscray for an Indian friend's child's birthday party

Kalpita and Priyanka, in West Footscray for an Indian friend’s child’s birthday party

 

 

 

 

India

India

 

 

 

 

twirls - candles from the Macedonian church and Priyanka's dress

twirls – candles from the Macedonian church and Priyanka’s dress

 

 

 

 

the most recent arrivals - whities - Matt with son Euan, 9, bought in West Footscray 3 years ago

the most recent arrivals – whities – Matt with son Euan, 9, bought in West Footscray 3 years ago

 

 

 

 

West Footscray - recently turned homely

West Footscray – recently turned homely :: 1

 

 

 

 

West Footscray - recently turned homely :: 2

West Footscray – recently turned homely :: 2

 

 

 

 

patriotism in the burbs - Australia Day, West Footscray

patriotism in the burbs – Australia Day, West Footscray

 

 

 

 

Part 5: And then I met…

Driving along the main road in West Footscray one day, I noticed men in stetsons standing outside ’501 Receptions’. Texans? Mexicans? I circled back and went inside the building to find a wedding in full swing. But they weren’t Texans or Mexicans – these were gypsies.

My delight at crashing a gypsy wedding was, however, short-lived. I’d only taken a few shots when a tough looking broad – and she can only be described as a broad – suddenly swooped on me and ordered me to leave. Why I do not know – gypsies have a long history of being misrepresented but I’d already asked permission and been warmly welcomed by everyone, including the mothers of both the groom and the bride who were perfectly happy to let me take photographs.

After all the refusals by the African men and women earlier in the week, it was incredibly frustrating – there were some amazing looking people in the room and I was so curious to learn more.

What made it worse was the way the woman did it – I mean, sure, ask me to leave nicely – but don’t march me out like a child.

So I acted like a child and snuck in another few shots while she wasn’t looking – of a man who turned out to be the proud son of Ruby Sterio, the Queen of Gypsies and part of the famous Sterio gypsy family. Then I left.

 

 

Bill, father of the groom

Bill, father of the groom

 

 

 

 

"We live in a caravan and move all the time" 1

“We live in a caravan and move all the time” :: 1

 

 

 

 

"We live in a caravan and move all the time" :: 2

“We live in a caravan and move all the time” :: 2

 

 

 

 

free as a gypsy

free as a gypsy

 

 

 

 

wild west

wild west indeed

 

 

 

Driving around after I’d left the gypsies, I turned a random corner to find yet another unexpected sight – a large Buddhist temple in the midst of normal suburban homes.

Fearing the place was empty, I climbed the stairs and peered through the gap in the large front door to see and hear two Buddhist nuns praying.

After the experience with the aggressive woman at the gypsy wedding, I sat happily, listening to the soothing prayers until the nuns had finished. Then I asked if I could photograph them – and hallelujah, they said yes. And they stood, and they stood, and they stood, until I’d done what I needed to do. They giggled, I laughed, we all smiled.

 

 

 

prayer time

prayer time

 

 

 

 

zen in West Footscray -Vietnamese Buddhist Church, Phat Quang Pagoda

zen in West Footscray -Vietnamese Buddhist Church, Phat Quang Pagoda

 

 

 

 

they pray for "world peace and people's happiness" :: 1

they pray for “world peace and people’s happiness” :: 1

 

 

 

 

they pray for "world peace and people's happiness" :: 2

they pray for “world peace and people’s happiness” :: 2

 

 

 

 

a different world

a different world

 

 

 

 

from Yarraville to West Footscray

from Yarraville to West Footscray

 

 

 

 

old and new Australia

old and new Australia

 

 

 

 

The Wrap

The diversity in Footscray isn’t limited to the various nationalities and cultures. It’s also incredibly diverse in its land use and the way it changes so quickly from one thing to another. 

For example, down near the river there’s the Community Arts Centre and cool cafe (where the annual Laneway Festival kicks off this weekend) which are right opposite an old factory where blokes like Tony, Lance and Brendan work, waiting for that inevitable day when their factory gets ‘recycled’ into fancy apartments – “In three years we’ll be gone for sure”.

 

 

great views for a factory - Tony, Lance and Brendan at the Ryco hydraulic factory - "In three years this'll be fancy apartments for sure"

great views for a factory – Tony, Lance and Brendan at the Ryco hydraulic factory

 

 

 

 

Then up near the Footscray shops, there’s Asia and Africa – as well as myriad churches catering for the various different communities.

 

 

church land

church land

 

 

 

But as soon as you hit Seddon, which is five seconds down the road, it’s vintage shops like The Diamond Dog, run by the wonderful Sally, and hip cafes.

 

 

from Vietnam to vintage

from Vietnam to vintage

 

 

 

 

playing dress up just down the road in Seddon and Yarraville

playing dress up just down the road in Seddon and Yarraville

 

 

And there’s more change in store – Footscray has been designated a key growth area for Melbourne and the government has big plans for it. But even without that, given the way the surrounding areas have gentrified, maybe Footscray would end up going that way too. In short, go see it now – before the “trendies” get to it.

 

 

On the ‘home front’

Like Auckland, we’re lucky enough to be staying with friends here. So like Auckland, Coco sat this one out too. But here’s a shot of her with two Swedish girls at St kilda Library who we met on our way to buy groceries one day.

 

 

Coco and the Swedish girls

Coco and the Swedish girls

 

 

 

As I mentioned, some time next week – probably mid-week given I have yet to start shooting the second Melbourne suburb – Coco will pull on heavy black shoes and a green tartan uniform, and for the first time in over a year, do that most normal of things – go to school.

I asked her how she felt about it, after such a long time away – “Well I’m excited but a little nervous”. Fair enough, I thought, I am too.

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This suburb has been brought to you by Bronwyn Evans

See you next week – for the penultimate post.

 

  1. picturette says:

    beautiful as usual, I especially love the redheads. but I think you may have confused your cannoli for cannelloni :)

    • Louise says:

      Oh lord you’re right! Thanks, will fix my cannoli up!

  2. Kris says:

    I think it’s cannoli (Italian pastry) rather than cannelloni (filled pasta) ‘;)

    • Louise says:

      Yep, thank you, got it! It’s been a long year…

  3. TRENT COLLINS says:

    Best of luck for Coco’s big day back at school. Just dropped our son for his first day at Kindergarten.

    • Louise says:

      Were their tears? Yours I mean! What a milestone.

  4. Chantal says:

    How amazing that you are back in Oz – wonderful images once again – it must feel great to be on the home stretch.
    I’m also looking forward (dare I say – as so much work for you) to the exhibition & the next book!

    • Louise says:

      Yes, No 50! Only two more to go! Look, it’s been aaaaaaamazing – but I’m gettin’ weary now. It will be wonderful and sad to finish in a few weeks time. But I’m also looking forward to getting the exhibition and book organised – after a week off!

  5. Caroline says:

    LOVE it!

  6. Nancy says:

    This post really captured the world in one post. Love it Lou. Gypsies my favourite

    • Louise says:

      After I left the gypsy wedding I started roaming the web, reading up about gypsies, their backgrounds etc. So fascinating. I didn’t know, for example, that Roma gypsies originally came from India – they were expelled and ended up in Europe. And their lifestyle – the ones that aren’t ‘settled’ – is so interesting. So wish I could’ve stayed longer at the wedding and found out more.

  7. Olivier says:

    Hi
    Just wonder how that old Peugeot 404 found its way to Church land???

    • Louise says:

      I know. Would’ve liked to have spied the owner.

  8. Simeon King says:

    So what’s Suburb #52? Your own suburb at home? Could be a nice way to finish? How does it look after a year away?

    • Louise says:

      Agree – except I did include my own suburb in my first 52 Suburbs project. Will have to think upon it.

  9. Cate says:

    I only discovered your amazing project a few months ago and I have been so enjoying your posts and thoughtful, colourful, detailed photographs. I could look at them for hours. Reading your posts has been helping feed my insatiable wanderlust and I’ve got to admit I am feeling quite sad that it is coming to an end. I bet you are looking forward to unpacking your bags and staying in one spot for a while though! You are a true inspiration. Thank you for showing us the world through your eyes.

    • Louise says:

      Thanks so much for saying. If I inspire one person, I feel I’ve done something good in this life. And yes, I am looking forward to unpacking bags, not wearing the same clothes over and over, sleeping in my own bed etc etc. But I already feel nostalgic about the cities we’ve visited and I suspect it won’t be long before I feel that wanderlust again. There is gypsy in all of us!

  10. /anne... says:

    You could try the hills – I live in Tecoma, currently famous for protesting against McDonalds flattening our Indian restaurant and Hippy Haven. Belgrave/Tecoma/Upwey are really cool, and less ‘touristy’ than the top of Mt Dandenong (Sassafrass/Olinda/Kalorama/MtDandenong).

    Where ever you go, enjoy Melbourne!

    • Louise says:

      Thank you!

  11. Sarah says:

    Bravo Louise, you certainly did Footscray and the surrounding areas justice! I just loved the Heart Breaker Boy, what a cheeky smile he has! Thank you for allowing me to join you on this journey around the world with you and Coco. Coco has grown up so much in one year!

    • Louise says:

      The ‘Heart Breaker’ boy was one of two – but his twin was much more shy. Would’ve been nice to have had a shot of these twins to go with the redheads.

  12. Elwyn Davies says:

    Great Story. I have lived and/or worked in Footscray since 1986 and although it has a dark spots the diamonds still manage to shine through. My kids still go to Olympic Doughnuts and we eat regulary at the Vietnamese in Hopkins Street or the Indians in West Footscray

    • Louise says:

      You would’ve seen the changes then – how interesting to have seen it first-hand. Can you imagine what it will be like in another 30 years? Fully gentrified??

  13. Noni says:

    oh the 2nd last post, then the last one…maybe you could do #53 when you get home…..your own suburb while walking Coco to school?! I’ll miss your posts..what a feat, so impressed. Enjoy your final suburb….well hopefully not final!

    • Louise says:

      Thanks Noni, I love that they’ll be missed! It will definitely be very strange to finish – but won’t it be fun to relive the whole journey at the exhibition? All those cities in one room.

  14. Elwyn Davies says:

    PS. We prefer footscraZy to footscary……..

    • Louise says:

      I must have seen FootscraZy on a t-shirt or something – but later on, questioned whether I’d misread it and it’d been FootscaRy – so I didn’t mention it. But yes, it’s a good one!

  15. Gaylee says:

    Thanks for the big juicy post Louise….fascinating as always. Didn’t know Oz had “gypsies” but guess why not. You have every other race! Seems more multi-cultural than here. But then again you had a “Louise look” which is where the difference lies. Without your eye to reveal all this, many of us would be none the wiser!
    Not sure if others have noticed but don’t you think Louise seems to be somehow magnetically attracted to shops with sweet things in them! It’s happened all over the world. Enough said! Hugs to Miss C…looking very swish in her ensemble!

    • Louise says:

      Ha! Trouble is, I can’t eat most of the sugary things I find – they’re filled with evil gluten!

  16. Kym says:

    I have enjoyed your amazing eye opening tour of Sydney and now parts of the world. Footscray is a suburb with a large presence of Asians and Africans. I accept that the Africans are not keen to be photographed – but your pics seem to mainly white Europeans.

    • Louise says:

      Interesting because if you actually count them, the whities are outnumbered. And there’d be more shots of Chinese/Vietnamese – but like the Africans, they weren’t too keen on the idea either.

  17. Debbie harman says:

    It was very nice to see a suburb that i frequent, because i could see how much of the suburb you covered and how much research and talking you must have done. Footscray is one of my fave suburbs in the world, currently defying gentrification but attracting it because it has always been a wonderful mix of everything.

    • Louise says:

      It’ll be interesting to see if it ‘goes’ in the next decade – weird to think of a fully gentrified Footscray with hip cafes replacing the African ones and whatever. Change is inevitable but I hope it retains its current mix.

  18. Yeliz says:

    Bless you for bringing such an overshadowed suburb to life, I have grown up in Melbourne for 23 years and am so ashamed I knew so little about this area till now! Great post! Can’t say thank you enough for now bringing two of my most cherished cities to life…I always go back and relive your Istanbul adventures! Can’t wait to see the last burb!!

    Have a great day and big cheers to Coco, you both must be so excited!

    x

    • Louise says:

      Ah, Istanbul! God I love that city. And yes, it is exciting to be almost at the end – but equally, when I reflect back on everything we’ve seen, it gives me butterflies too. Anyway, I’m very glad I could enlighten you about a part of your own city!

  19. Elwyn Davies says:

    Not seeing that at all Kim! Nice balance in the article of Asian, African and European peoples. PS check out this food blog http://footscrayfoodblog.blogspot.com.au/ if you want to find the best places to eat locally

    • Louise says:

      Great blog, now hanging out to eat Asian!

  20. Janie says:

    Fantastic post! Amazing that you have travelled right around the world and yet just around the corner you seem to have found the entire world in one suburb! Only in Oz – love it.

    • Louise says:

      It’s so true. When I did my Sydney project I found the same thing – you could ‘go around the world’ in the one city. We’re very lucky to have that diversity. Can you imagine this country without it?

  21. ellen says:

    wonderful suburb its creazy they say u can take photos and then shove u out maybe one didnt relise the other had said yes hope they find this blog and feel bad you should of left ur card at the door LOL i loved the stuff about this surburb and as you i think live near me since you did your own suburb that last time y not jsut pop o ver to coogee and have a dip with me down at wylies baths im sure you could find soem great stuff there XXXXXX

    • Louise says:

      Aside from that one woman, the gypsies I spoke to were absolutely lovely – especially as I was crashing their wedding. Ah well.

  22. Sharon says:

    I think it will certainly be worth a trip to Sydney to your exhibition.

    • Louise says:

      Oh good, love to see you there!

  23. Elwyn Davies says:

    Tha Cavallero’s cannoli are legendary and the recipe is very secret apparently…. It is also the last Italian shop in Footscray I think. The old Peugeot outside Jesus El Camino (Jesus is the Way) is owned by Aunty of child at our primary school…….

    • Louise says:

      The Peugeot owner has been identified – one less mystery to ponder, thank you!

  24. Kate says:

    So wonderful to see this. I bought my house in Footscray in 1999 so have seen its many faces. It is a wonderful suburb that gets more negative press than positive. I have found nothing but amazing community spirit and incredible diversity in this place i proudly call home. Thank you for taking such beautiful photos and all the best for your onward journey…

    • Louise says:

      I can understand why you’d be proud – it’s such an interesting mix. May it continue!

  25. Amanda says:

    I love how beautifully you brought Footscray to life :) makes me want to discover it a little bit more :D can’t wait to see what is your last suburban Melbourne – any hints? :)

    • Louise says:

      Still feverishly trying to work it out! Feeling the pressure – there are so many that would be interesting, it seems unfair to leave them all out.

  26. Jake says:

    I was born in Footscray in 1970 and have lived the majority of my life here. It was so refreshing to read your blog and the woderful way in which you captured the true spirit of this wonderful and most misunderstood suburb. It’s had its ups and downs but there is truly no place like it. So proud to be a born and bred Footscray-ite :)

  27. Blair Kirkwood says:

    Hi Louise, Footscray feature looks fantastic, I showed you around our Town Hall. Thanks for taking the time to pop in. Say Hi to Coco :)
    Blair

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  29. Phoebe says:

    amazing photos. nice to see my hometown in such a beautiful light while im living abroad. footscray in very close to my heart. thank you for these lovely photos

  30. CM says:

    Fantastic to see the western suburbs so beautiful!

  31. Bronwyn says:

    This is why we love being in Footscray. Great images.
    20th Man Fund

  32. Ry says:

    That was a great journey through Footscray! I loved it, thank you!

  33. jeff says:

    love Footscray, Saigon style Phở or spicy Nando, bubble cup and Bánh mì with chilli and fermented Nước Tương, markets with bargains fresh from market gardens, dusty streets and dusky folk, conversations in 100 languages, debates and rebates, famously Labor and bloody proud, buses and trams to every where useful, geniuses and ingenuity, litter and illiterates, blocked drains when it rains, for the wanna be gentry,… Coles and Kmart, Lowpoint closeby… Savers 2nd hand for the rest of us

  34. jeff says:

    having now looked at the pics, maybe you did underepresrent the asian/ vietnamese cultural aspect, which really does dominate Footscray,… and inside Little Saigon Market the traders are so friendly and photogenic, it’s organised chaos of traders calling prices and poking samples under your nose, bulky fruit displays being manouvered athrough the throng of canny Vietnamese housewives and chic bargain hunters, always squashed fruit under your shoe and if nothing else takes your fancy you but the best Bánh Mì in Australia

    • Louise says:

      I missed Little Saigon Market completely actually – didn’t know it was there. As much as I try and explore, I’m only ever in one suburb for a few days and so inevitably miss quite a lot. But your description helps fill in the gap. Thank you!

  35. MelbourneStaycation says:

    Hi, I enjoyed seeing Footscray through a different set of lens. The artwork in the photo behind Priyanka & Kallpita is by Baby Guerrilla http://babyguerrilla.com/street-art

  36. Stephanie Parry says:

    I live in West Footscray and love this blog and photos. You are so right…the canoli at Cavallaro is the BEST!! Thanks for doing such a great job! :-)

  37. karl longley says:

    Well you did agreat job, I hope your travels are full of exciting experiences like those in footscray. Been from greymouth sth island its good to see such diversity however the time to clean up footscray mall is here. so next trip you will see a difference. good job:)

  38. Spin Spin says:

    Wow, great post! I’ve lived in the area for almost a year now and love it, and seeing and reading this makes me love it even more :)

  39. n says:

    this is absolutely fucking beautiful. your viewpoint of the towns are a bit glam but positive, a view most of us haven’t seen before. thank you.

  40. Ilona says:

    Your photographs are really beautiful; I live in West Footscray. I try to keep the ricotta filled cannoli from Cavalleros a secret though…

  41. Chris K says:

    Keep on truckin’ Louise. All the best to Coco. Look forward to the last two posts.

  42. Sarah says:

    Wow 65 comments before I got here – I’ve been sick, so my blog reading has been hindered… But lovely colour and movement… the end of a wonderful project drawing near – I hope we get a ‘Coco in uniform’ shot (please!)

  43. Iain white says:

    Loved it. I spent the happiest 3years of my life rescuing a boat at the footscray wharf. Now in Scotland with boat. http://www.scotcruising.wordpress.com/ Read the sad and sorry tale of a 19th century wanderer let loose on the 21st century

  44. Salvatore says:

    What an amazing project. Ive lived locally most of my life. Mostly in West Footscray. The recent changes have been good for the most part. Losing Forges was a blow. But at least we still have Cavallaros. Other than the coffee machine its basically unchanged for 40+ years. As Ilona mentioned above its got to be the ricotta cannoli

  45. Dionne says:

    Loved your photos of West Footscray and was rapt to see our neighbors ‘Homeleigh’ house.

  46. Gemma says:

    love the pictures, sooo Footscray!!!

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