Oct 29, 2015

Remembrance Day Memories - Annette

Maybe this could occur, but I suspect not!

Travelling to the city each day for work in the 1960's, finding myself out of the office on an errand at 11am on the 11th day of the 11th month when the whole city came to a standstill. Everything came to a halt, the trams in Swanston Street, pedestrians and all the vehicular traffic...

The noise of a busy city absent, complete quiet for 2 minutes, is lodged in my memory. A silent tribute. A sign of respect for the fallen.

My viewpoint looking down Swanston Street from Lonsdale Street right the way down to Princes Bridge and beyond, a city frozen for those few moments, unforgettable.

Will it ever happen again in a city of nearly 4.5 million people?

Image sourced from: State Library of Victoria
Annette is an obsessive family history researcher and regular patron at Sam Merrifield Library.

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