An intersection of stories about Punt Road / Hoddle Street, Melbourne.

From Clifton Hill to St Kilda Junction, this infamous stretch of bitumen bears witness
to love, hate, joy, violence, compassion and frustration – day in, day, out.

Everyone has a tale to tell.

The Punt Road Project is a collaborative story-telling project focusing on experiences of Melbourne's main artery.

Gathering the community's memories, pictures, anecdotes and artefacts the project exhibits the multiple stories of life on and around this road.  

The road, more than simply a system of regulations and designs, is a place where many millions of us, with only loose parameters for how to behave, are thrown together daily in a kind of massive petri dish in which all kinds of uncharted, little-understood dynamics are at work.

There is no other place where so many people from different walks of life – different ages, races, classes, religions, genders, political preferences, lifestyle choices, levels of psychological stability – mingle so freely.
— Tom Vanderbilt, 'Traffic: Why We Drive The Way We Do (and what it says about us)', Knopf, 2008

What's your Punt Road story?

What does Punt Road mean to you? How does it make you feel? What's happened to you on Punt Road?
Have you witnessed wild and surprising things taking place in the gridlock? 
Have you wept over a dashed dream or broken heart whilst staring up at the Nylex clock?

I’m high on the hill
Looking over the bridge
To the M.C.G.
And way up on high
The clock on the silo
Says eleven degrees
— Paul Kelly 'Leaps and Bounds' 1987
‘Where am I?’ I asked helplessly. ‘Punt Road is just at the end of this street,’ said Francis who was leaning against the fence. ‘The bus goes straight up to Clifton Hill.’ I walked to the end of the street, saw Punt Road, and felt the world swing and drop back into place around me.
— Helen Garner 'Monkey Grip' McPhee Gribble 1977

We need you...

This is a project that invites community participation. 
We want to hear the personal, political, nostalgic, hysterical, violent,
loving and historical perspectives of Punt Road.

Drivers, passengers, cyclists, pedestrians, residents, businesses, stakeholders – everyone is invited to contribute.

You can share your stories, images, artefacts and memories with us here:

TELL

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JOIN a community of over 160 story-tellers.


TO read the collection of stories published so far CLICK HERE.