It's time! Well, the day after. So let's ride to celebrate the better tomorrow we all voted for. And in memory Bob.
A city ride to see some interesting political history right under your headsets. Suitable for all parties and factions - classic, modern, auto, geared, learner, just joined, or old party hack. If there's a political storm, there's plenty of asylums to seek along the way. So stop worrying about the weather polls and just join the party!
Meet from 9 am at Vespa House Corner. >MAP/a> Cnr Johnston & Palmer, Collingwood. There's a new Espresso Bar, The Artisan Wife, on the opposite corner, so we'll try out the coffee and DEPART 10 AM
Then it's up the moneyed hill to Kew where we'll consider the bust of Sir Robert Menzies, and visit his grand house still standing. We could have also visited the former home of Gough Whitlam, but that was demolished in 2016 and couldn't be saved from developers.
(Matthew Guy was the planning Minister then... such is history!)
Back down the hill and through the slums of old Collingwood and Fitzroy. We'll stop at
Trades Hall and the 8 hour monument in Carlton. Then the Melbourne General Cemetery, for the memorials to Robert Menzies (and Dame Pattie), John Gorton, Harold Holt, Malcolm Fraser, and James Scullin.
Finally, up to the old Brunswick quarries and brickworks where we find the only just still standing home of John Curtin. What a contrast! For lunch we'll settle into the Union Hotel there, because that's where John had a drink after a busy day campaigning against conscription. Good food, and warm and snug. Guinness on tap too!
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