I was up early.
Left cabin before 9am so I could drop off the data projector and pick up her b’day cake from the hall.
Somehow it had gotten left behind.
I got back just after 10am, screamed in to pick up Tim, Nate & Azzan. They had slept in as they were all quite tired.
Then it was a hurried drive into Jesik’as to meet up with Anson who had to be on the train to be at the airport by midday.
It was a 1.5hour trip for him and we were wanting to spend the first part on the train with him.
I grabbed the girls on the way – they were both looking a bit like stunned mullets from the hustling along.
Robyn and Jesika escorted us to Mont Albert train station so we could get to the city a bit quicker.
It was a bit of a nightmare getting the tickets as I didn’t know how to use the machine and you have to buy one ticket at a time. No place for family groups!
And the train was there and about to leave.
So Robyn got Anson through first as he had to leave, then she and I stood and fed money into the machine and pushed the buttons to get 6 tickets.
All the while yelling at the guys to jam the doors open so I wouldn’t get left behind!
What a drama.
Thanks so much Robyn – I really appreciated your help – we would never have made it without you.
Just sorry we didn’t get to catch up again before we left.
We got to Southern Cross Station and walked quickly with Anson over to the Airport Shuttle bus and waited while he got his ticket and then said our farewells.
Then it was our turn to figure out where we were going.
We got help romt he Info desk and then walked 2 blocks to the free bus.
Waited for that for 15 mins.
Shanni was so tired she collapsed on the pavement.
Nathan reckoned we should’ve put a sign up by her as she looked like a beggar and she could’ve made some money while we waited!!
We finally hopped on and did part of the tour.
Hopped off at South Bank so we could go look for food.
We ate lunch at the food hall.
Then walked over the foot bridge and along the river bank and under the road bridge.
Took the lift up to Federation Square and had a look around.
We then got the free tram and did a 3/4 circle of the CBD and got off to go see the Old Melbourne Goal.
It was a really great place.
So glad Herbie and Tania had recommended it.
We were all limed up by the Sergeant and givent he orders to stand straight, no leaning, slouching or talking.
We were then all searched for drugs and sharps.
Given our charges and told in no uncertain terms what was going to happen to us.
Azzan and the sargeant got on quite well – they both amused each other!!
Then we were taken to the cells and locked in.
Then the lights were turned off.
We really got a feeling of what it might have been like.
They were all put into solitary confinement.
23 hours a day in their cells.
Even on Sundays, they went to church and were seated one inmate to a pew so they couldn’t talk to each other.
A very stark and unforgiving environment.
It is 3 layers of cells.
Women on top floor, men in the middle and wardens below.
During the war the top floor was used for military prisioners – mostly those who went AWOL.
Ned Kelly was incarcerated here and was finally hung on the gallows on the 2nd floor.
This is his armour he wore.
We left to catch the tram back to Flinders street as it was getting late.
We caught the tram back to Jesika’s and met up with Cat, Seb, Sasha & Herb – they had been on an exploration around Mt Dandenong and Herb had gotten them lost into some interesting places!
I hopped online and found some heated hand grips for Jesika’s bike for her b’day.
I managed to order them on the net and email the folk to ask them to call Jesika about them.
I got them from her favourite bike shop so was quite pleased with my sleuthing
Especially as I managed to do it all before she got home!!
We all headed back to the cabin to pack up our gear.
I worked until quite late sorting and packing while Tim cooked dinner.
Thankfully Herbie was able to take a bag home for us as we had way too much luggage.