Urban Fossicking in Cremorne
Like all interesting cities, Melbourne is constantly evolving, layering decade upon decade of history and social change in fascinating ways.
Richmond, which crowds up behind the glorious new 381 Cremorne luxury boutique accommodation, has everything an urban fossicker could desire, and it’s particularly welcoming for the flaneur.
If you love nothing better than to stroll around a precinct, looking up, looking down, peering down alleyways, and coming across unexpected delights, you are in for a treat.
Cremorne is, as you’ll quickly discover, fast becoming THE most desirable Richmond precinct. Warehouses are transforming into design studios and that brings with it hole-in-the-wall coffee shops and street art.
Head along Cremorne Street and you will come across, for instance, the home of “culinary event makers” Bright Young Things, alongside the head office of Wittner shoes, whose retail outlet is in Swan Street’s shopping strip.
Keep heading south along Cremorne Street, and you’ll pass IT start-ups cheek to jowl with the rolladoors of warehousing depots and single-fronted terrace houses, some in original condition, some newly renovated and looking very spruce.
If you turn left into Balmain Street, you’ll see ahead above the rooftops the famous Nylex clock atop the silos. Not impressed? Well, here’s a bit of urban history that will change all that.
In 1987, singer songwriter Paul Kelly immortalised this “clock on the silos”, seen by so many commuters stuck in traffic on infamous Punt Road, in a song called Leaps and Bounds.
It’s been switched off since 2009, but was lit up one day in January 2015, when a collective of supporters managed to find a way to get it going again. The new owners of the site were not much amused, but the collective is encouraging them to find a way to get the landmark up and running again.
So, when you’re idling along the lanes of Richmond, don’t forget to look up to see if the clock on the silos is lit up.