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July 12, 2011

Australian cities and waterways: Melbourne, Port Phillip Bay and the Yarra River

Melbourne, the second largest Australian city, straddles the Yarra River near the mouth where it joins Port Phillip Bay. The location of Melbourne’s central business district is adjacent to the first waterfall (since removed) at the site of the Princes Bridge, built in 1888. The Port of Melbourne, Australia’s busiest port, is located at the […]

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July 10, 2011

Australian cities and waterways: Sydney and Sydney Harbour

Sydney, Australia’s largest city, is built around Sydney Harbour. The original European visit to the area by Captain James Cook on the Endeavour was when he anchored just south of Sydney in Botany Bay in 1770. Cook named it Botany Bay in honor of his botanists on board, led by Sir Joseph Banks. Botany Bay […]

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July 8, 2011

Australian cities and waterways: Brisbane, Moreton Bay and the Brisbane River

Brisbane, Australia’s third largest city, straddles the Brisbane River and is adjacent to Moreton Bay. Brisbane and Brisbane River are named after Sir Thomas Brisbane, a Premier of New South Wales before Queensland was created. Moreton Bay was named by Captain James Cook as he sailed by in 1770. Cook named it Morton’s Bay after […]

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July 6, 2011

Australian cities and waterways: Connections, crossings, celebrations, and culture

The close relationship that Australian cities have with their waterways is due to several factors. The majority of Australia’s population is along the coast as a result of proximity to shipping, moderate climates, availability of freshwater and lifestyle preferences. The waterways have been a source of water, food and transport since early European settlement and […]

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July 4, 2011

Boggo Road Ecosciences Precinct; high tech laboratory on an old gaol site

A new scientific facility in Brisbane is the Ecosciences Precinct on the site of the old gaol (jail) which was known as Boggo Road. The facility is just across the Brisbane River from the University of Queensland, connected by the new Eleanor Schonell pedestrian, bicycle and bus bridge. The Ecosciences Precinct is a partnership between […]

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July 2, 2011

Queenscliff, Bellarine peninsula and Victoria embayments

At the invitation of Dr. Andy Longmore, Victoria Department of Primary Industries, Kate Moore and I traveled to Queenscliff on the Bellarine peninsula at the mouth of Port Phillip Bay. We stayed in a wonderful, cosy bed and breakfast in Queenscliff called the Athelstane House and worked in the Department of Primary Industries Queenscliff Centre […]

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