From 1987 Thuy and Long had milk bar businesses in South Melbourne, Blackburn North, Richmond and finally the Milk Bar/General Store in Surrey Hills in December 1995. In October 2017 they farewelled the neighbourhood they’d loved and felt a part of for 22 years: the school children who dropped by on their way home from school for a bag of lollies or an ice-cream; nearby residents who’d regularly buy milk, the newspaper, a greeting card, or a forgotten grocery item for that night’s dinner.
We are fortunate to have three major film societies in our area – Camberwell, Waverley and Whitehorse.
The Historical Radio Society of Australia (HRSA) has 1200 members around Australia, with an estimated 30 000 radios in their collections. Members enjoy collecting and restoring radios from the 1920s through to the ’80s. Meetings are held monthly around Australia, including in Ashburton, where radios are discussed and sold and friendships made.
“MELBOURNE’S Oldest Theatre Company” is a title not easily earned, but in 2018 Hartwell Players Theatre Company of Ashwood turns 80! And to celebrate their milestone, the Players are hosting a “Spectacularly Trivial Trivia Night” event at the Notting Hill Community Hall on 21 April. Starting in 1938 under the quaint moniker of “Presbyterian Merry Makers” the fledgling group had no idea they would evolve to be the most inclusive and enduring theatre company in town.