Preston and Northcote School Sports

The Preston and Northcote School Sports While recently researching the history of Preston and Gowerville Park (aka Preston City Oval), I came across a long forgotten phenomenon of the 1950s and early 60s that I’m sure will strike a chord with many readers of a Certain Age. With a drop-off in interest and attendances in Association football in those years, […]

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Merri Creek

Merri Creek is one of five major north-south flowing tributaries of the Yarra River, flowing perennially from its source in the foothills of the Great Dividing Range to its junction with the Yarra River in present day Collingwood, just east of Dights Falls. The creek is approximately 60 kilometres in length, the lower 20 of […]

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The Northcote Inebriates Retreat

Would many of the thousands of students, teachers and staff of Northcote High School ever have realised their every-day activities at the school were conducted on the former site of Melbourne’s largest institution for treating alcoholism? The Northcote Inebriate Asylum (a.k.a. the Northcote Inebriate’s Retreat) was originally a private organisation opened by Dr. Charles McCarthy […]

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