Monday, 23 September 2013


Maling Road, Canterbury, is only a 20 minute drive from Melbourne’s CBD but walking down the street takes you back a century in time and beyond. Maling Road has successfully preserved its old time feel and architecture from its humble beginnings in the late 1800s.

The five murals (at Maling Lane next to the Village on the railway wall) depict the significant stages in the history of the Maling Road Precinct - from 1885 (when the railway first was developed) to the present day. The murals themselves depict the overall historic story which includes a nursery rhyme hunt for children in an edgy, popular.folk art style, which engages children and adults alike.

Here's one of the murals illustrating the glamorous '40s as typified by the cinema. More murals from this neighbourhood int eh coming weeks.

This post is part of the Monday Murals meme,
and also part of the Monday Mellow Yellows meme,
and also part of the Mandarin Orange Monday meme,
and also part of the Blue Monday meme.


  1. These are great fun.

  2. I read the plaque and it seems that the fate of movie theatres in your country and my country have a very similar history from their hay days to their downfall. The mural artist has left us a glimpse of the theater's hay days.

  3. You find the most wonderful blues, Nick.

    Thanks for being so faithful to Blue Monday, and for sharing your blue.

  4. A cute mural is a tiny corner, you can't miss when walking by.

  5. I have the same set of photos except mine aren't as good as yours! A good place for coffee as well!

  6. Very interesting!
    I love murals. Sometimes you find them in the most surprising places.
    Hope you are having a beautiful day!
    Lea's Menagerie

  7. Fascinating photos ~ love some of the angles in the composition ~ Wonderful! carol, ^_^

  8. Oh I like. Blue Monday.

    They are great take.

  9. What a fun mural! and great shots-I like the silhouettes of the people inside- There is a town near me that has historic murals- a great way to 'see' the past. Thanks for sharing!

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  11. Love how the visuals of the murals tell a story. And the colours are stunning. The street view in the first photo is interesting too. So many cars and so few people.

  12. Oh this was fun! I love all the brilliant colorful photos here! I appreciate your share and love visiting my Blue Monday friends. Have a good week.

  13. You do find some terrific murals Nick. Have been absent for a while. Been travelling overseas with my Nikon in hand. I'm quite excited to be making a temporary departure from my daily Melbourne photo replacing it with an image a day from our journey. Renewed my enthusiasm for photography. Ciao J.

  14. I like the way you took us down the street and then showed us the mural in an alley. I'm feeling the 1930s-40s vibe of the scene. Love the coat the woman is wearing. Thanks for contributing to this week's Monday Mural.

  15. Ahh...Melbourne...Maling Road...(sigh)
    I left Melbourne last July so it was lovely to nip back through your post. I've often wandered up and down Maling Road stopping for coffee or lunch obviously. It's complusary isn't it?
    The mural is fantastic. I wonder who the lady in the blue coat was and why is she waving so enthusiastically? Do you think she's meeting a long lost friend or did someone pinch her handbag? ;D
    Have a great week and thanks for taking me back to was such a pleasure and I hope I can see more soon :)

  16. I love the idea of painting windows and figures on buildings. Great shots of really interesting sites in Melbourne. Thanks for sharing on Mandarin Orange Monday :)


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