Billilla Blossoms

This is a small file of images that might jus­ti­fi­ably be called ‘shut­ter ther­a­py’. When the COVID ‘lock­down’ (grr!) pre­vents me from wan­der­ing fur­ther, I’m con­strained to find­ing sub­jects nearby. 

Brighton is an old (1841) and rel­a­tive­ly wealthy sub­urb by Mel­bourne stan­dards. Espe­cial­ly after the rail­way line from Mel­bourne arrived here in 1861 allow­ing city pro­fes­sion­als and busi­ness-peo­ple to com­munte, Brighton became the sea-side, some­what rur­al, retreat of the ‘upper’-middle class. But over the decades the Vic­to­ri­an hous­es and gar­dens of this once gra­cious sub­urb have been thor­ough­ly worked-over. What’s left, for the most part is homog­e­nized, dense and small­er-scale. Almost all of the once-grand man­sions have long since dis­ap­peared and their exten­sive gar­dens dec­i­mat­ed by real-estate ‘devel­op­ments’.

Billil­la is an excep­tion. Built in the 1880s and held in the same (dimin­ish­ing) fam­i­ly for gen­er­a­tions, it was donat­ed some years ago to the local gov­ern­ment that main­tains rather than restores it (which maybe a bless­ing… ). The Coun­cil main­tains the gar­dens with­out giv­ing them par­tic­u­lar care. But they are per­ma­nent­ly open to the pub­lic and con­tain some mature trees and shrubs that I have seen nowhere else: pos­si­bly rem­nants from 19th cen­tu­ry pri­vate gardens.

As always, I urge you to down­load the linked PDF file. Please don’t view it on Google Dri­ve (where it is locat­ed) but open it on your com­put­er or tablet in a PDF read­er like Adobe Acro­bat “full-screen”. That’s how you’ll see the images as I intend­ed. (If you must use a phone to view these images you might as well use the Google Dri­ve viewer.)

Thumb­nails of images in the full file. Please click any­where above to DOWNLOAD the full PDF (about 20 MB)

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