Photos from ten years ago

Old photos from April 2010

Another of my monthly posts of old photos from ten years ago.

Rudd’s apology to the Stolen Generations, on a building in Little Bourke Street…

Little Bourke St, near Spencer St

…alongside Canadian PM Stephen Harper’s similar apology. (Both since removed)

Little Bourke St, near Spencer St

A rather more pedestrian view nearby: a few months before the Lonsdale Street bus routes got a shake-up with the introduction of Smartbus services, an outbound bus waits for departure adjacent to the remains of the former Age building.

Lonsdale Street bus terminus, April 2010

Also nearby: Skybus boarding at Southern Cross Station. Since then they’ve ditched the bendy buses (at least for their main City to Airport route) in favour of double deckers to increase capacity.

Skybus, April 2010

The view over Docklands, featuring Etihad Stadium (now Marvel Stadium), the Wheel after it had been pulled apart but before they rebuilt it, and not as many buildings as today.

View over Docklands, April 2010

Myki had launched on trains in December 2009. It would launch on buses and buses trams a few months after this photo, in July 2010.

Myki is now on trains, coming soon to buses (April 2010)

Back then some of the Myki readers were not spectacularly reliable. They’ve thankfully improved a bit over the years.

Myki reader starting up (April 2010)

The 703 bus boarding at Bentleigh station in evening peak hour. Lots of people use buses to get to railway stations, yet ten years on, the weekday service on this route hasn’t changed. Still very poor after 7pm, which undermines its usefulness even for city commuters. In the last Federal election, there was a Coalition pledge to upgrade the car park instead, with no explanation as to where extra spaces would actually go.

Queueing for the 703 SmartBus at Bentleigh Station

A bunch of Metcards. I was trying to calculate just how many cards were produced over the system’s lifespan. I suspect it was billions. (I once had an inspector say, with a little too much obsequiousness, “Thank you” after spotting the Yearly.)


I like the sentiments, but… this isn’t a tram stop.

Misplaced tram stop ad on a bus stop

By Daniel Bowen

Transport blogger / campaigner and spokesperson for the Public Transport Users Association / professional geek.
Bunurong land, Melbourne, Australia.
Opinions on this blog are all mine.

4 replies on “Old photos from April 2010”

I had a purple yearly metcard too. Quite nostalgic looking at your photo. Thanks for sharing.
PS I think you mean “launch of buses and TRAMS”?

off topic (and probably doesn’t need approval for posting) – would it be possible to include a link to the full blog article at the bottom of the summary? took me aages to figure out I needed to click on the title … maybe make the […] active as a link? that would preserve your style unchanged

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