‘I’ll meet you under the clocks”
The fact this only has two notes is pathetic. C’mon Melbournians show some respect for this historical and cultural monument!!
hey let’s talk about flinders st station and her clocks, hey?
this is the earliest photo of the (current) station that i could find:
it’s indicated to be circa 1900-1914, but given these clocks are up and they were replaced when the station was re-opened to the public in 1910, i’d say the photo is from 1910 at the earliest.
apparently clocks have been a feature of the station since the 1860s and people have been meeting under them since then! for example, during wwii, the various members of the armed forces stationed in melbourne used to meet their sweethearts under the clocks. that’s awesome.
in 1983, the clocks were replaced by digital screens which lasted a day. public outcry was so much that they replaced the old clocks (though apparently that took longer than a day).
and if you want to see something really astonishing:
this is what flinders st station looked like (in 1901 for federation, hence all the bunting woo king george hi) shortly before being demolished to make way for the building above.
but we’re talking about the clocks, right? and how people used to meet under them from the 1800s? this is melbourne terminus, the precursor to flinders st station circa 1890-1900:
"renne, that’s great," i hear you say, "but are those clocks on corner of swanston and flinders street?"
well no, they’re not. but these ones on the same building (circa 1900-1905 - and you’ll recognise what is now the young & jackson on the right) sure are: