Scenes from the Noarlunga Centre Interchange, 1986. Endless endless State Transport Authority orange against the harsh concrete and brown of the Satellite City.

The diesel fumes of the old Red Hens. The pre-Sesquicentennial optimism and futurism of the Jumbos. The surbanist brown and cream of the Volvo buses.

One may despair at the utter staticness of the scene should one visit Noarlunga Centre today, with only a bizarre third platform and 3000 series trains replacing the Red Hens the notable differences.

Thankfully, electrification comes *at last* in 2013 and the line extended to the widespread housing developments of Seaford and the further south.

The bus numbers will surely forever remain the same, however…721, 725, 734 and so on…

Pink Building on Clarence Street, Sydney. Built 1886.

Pink Building on Clarence Street, Sydney. Built 1886.

Cathay Pacific Boeing 747-267B (VR-HKG), departing Sydney Airport, August 1979.
One of my favourite airline liveries, the epitome of 70s/80s jet-setting glamour (with the exception of British Airways’ “Landor” livery, especially on a Concorde) with a sheen of functionality and a hint of “Far East” exoticism before yearly boozy trips to Vietnam were commonplace.

Cathay Pacific Boeing 747-267B (VR-HKG), departing Sydney Airport, August 1979.

One of my favourite airline liveries, the epitome of 70s/80s jet-setting glamour (with the exception of British Airways’ “Landor” livery, especially on a Concorde) with a sheen of functionality and a hint of “Far East” exoticism before yearly boozy trips to Vietnam were commonplace.

V/Line Coach (in classic orange/green livery), awaiting passengers at Spencer Street Station.
A reminder of those signs at Spencer Street (#istillcallitspencerstreetstation) or Bendigo directing passengers to the coaches (and wondering why they would take a coach). And that terrific mural inside ‘modernist’ Spencer Street.

V/Line Coach (in classic orange/green livery), awaiting passengers at Spencer Street Station.

A reminder of those signs at Spencer Street (#istillcallitspencerstreetstation) or Bendigo directing passengers to the coaches (and wondering why they would take a coach). And that terrific mural inside ‘modernist’ Spencer Street.

Catt Thai (now closed down), New Canterbury Road at Petersham.
If this is your card, I would advise you to get in touch with them pretty sharply. They’re no longer open for business and have been flogging off all the restaurant furniture this weekend…

Catt Thai (now closed down), New Canterbury Road at Petersham.

If this is your card, I would advise you to get in touch with them pretty sharply. They’re no longer open for business and have been flogging off all the restaurant furniture this weekend…

From the Sydney Morning Herald on December 3, 1954.
The result of Det Sgt J. Corcoran’s investigations remain unknown.

From the Sydney Morning Herald on December 3, 1954.

The result of Det Sgt J. Corcoran’s investigations remain unknown.

Opening of Petersham Odeon, 15 February 1947.
Note the tramlines on New Canterbury Road..

Opening of Petersham Odeon, 15 February 1947.

Note the tramlines on New Canterbury Road..

Commercial Row, Petersham. Built 1883.

Commercial Row, Petersham. Built 1883.

Petersham Odeon, 7 April 2012.
After a life as a cinema (switching from the mainstream to foreign language films in the 70s) and then as a skating rink, the building is being gutted and rebuilt as apartments.

Petersham Odeon, 7 April 2012.

After a life as a cinema (switching from the mainstream to foreign language films in the 70s) and then as a skating rink, the building is being gutted and rebuilt as apartments.

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