Sunday, 24 February 2013


You know there is something enigmatic about a suburb when it loses letters from its name as time goes by. Known as Spottiswoode in 1882, by 1903, an e had gone west, and three years later a t and and i were no longer required. You can feel the loss of these lower case characters in the air. The sense that something has happened here.

And there are buildings which accentuate this feeling. The collection of buildings which are the old sewage pumping station exude mystery. No wonder that the location scouts for Mad Max and, strangely enough, Spotswood, rubbed their hands in glee and fell upon this suburb with an ardour far exceeding moderation. It's a cinematic suburb.

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