olympics

Good and bad - Brad's Story

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That part of Melbourne, the Clifton Hill end of Hoddle Street, certainly brings back some good and bad memories. My wife, who was my girlfriend at the time, she and I went past Hoddle Street on the night of the shootings. Probably about 10 minutes before it happened. That’s a fairly sad thing for us.

But a happy memory is standing at the railway gates there and watching the Olympic torch run past in, I think, 2000. Other memories are going to the footy in Clifton Hill, but getting kicked off the train and having to catch the bus, because they were doing rail works.

Another sad thing: the day my son was born, when my wife went into labor, I was driving to work and there was a thing on the radio about someone had been knocked off their motorbike and killed down near the Pioneer cement factory down there. Near the Shell service station. That was the day my son was born. And the guy that got knocked off the motorbike was actually our next-door neighbour. So, some good memories and some terrible memories of Hoddle Street.

Capturing a champion - Edward and Jack's Story

In 1956 at the opening run of the Olympics down Punt Rd, James (Jim) Jack was an official, he took a photo of John Landy capturing Government House in the background. In 2001 when Landy became Governor, The Age printed the photo. Jim still lives next to Punt Rd, in Gough Place Richmond, he turned 98 this week. 

(Please note attached photo isn't the photo mentioned in the story).

Photo by Clarrie Cook, 1954. Part of the State Library of Victoria Collection.  www.slv.vic.gov.au

Photo by Clarrie Cook, 1954. Part of the State Library of Victoria Collection.

www.slv.vic.gov.au