Sea Works Williamstown


We recently went to Bumpers by the Bay at Sea Works at Williamstown. This was a car show put on by the FX FJ Club, but if you weren’t interested in chrome bumpers, there was a lot more to look at than just cars.


In the picture below, the ship at the end of the pier is the Sea Shepherd’s ‘Steve Irwin’. The Melbourne skyline is in the background.


Fishing boats.


For those who like cars, this was the view from the pier looking back at Sea Works and the surrounding businesses.


Bumpers by the Bay at Williamstown

The FJ FX Club recently held a car show called Bumpers by the Bay, at Sea Works at Williamstown, Melbourne. ‘Bumpers’ refers to the chrome bumper bars on the cars.

We’ve been to quite a few car shows in this location, and always enjoy them. Although Sea Works is right on the bay, with great views of the Bay, the city of Melbourne, Williamstown and the surrounding marinas, (I’ll blog photos of the area without cars next week). The area is quite sheltered, with plenty of indoor display areas too.



He Who Eats All of Our Leftovers got very excited when he saw the Starsky & Hutch car, (below). Around 1000 Gran Torinos were produced to commemorate the television show in the 1970’s.


If you look really carefully through the masts behind the car below, you can see the West Gate Bridge.


There are working shipyards in the area and plenty of seagulls.

I like the bare-metal look below, and the licence plates added great contrasting colour to the interior.


Mum tells a story about falling out of a Willys with suicide doors when she was a little girl, but I bet the Willys she fell out of didn’t look like this one.


Flat black with red rims is a classic look.


Mars Bar Slice


Mars Bar Slice is my latest offering from the Magnificently Simple Marvellous Slice Recipes cookbook.

Expect everyone to gobble these up.

125gm butter

3 Mars Bars (I used a packet of the little ones)

4 Cups Rice Bubbles.

Chop up the Mars Bars and butter, and melt over a low heat. Once melted, mix into a large bowl with the Rice Bubbles and stir them well.

Press into a lines slice tray. Cut into squares after about ten minutes.


J Ward at Ararat, Victoria

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We recently visited J Ward at Ararat, a former jail and mental asylum which now operates as a museum.

Ararat is a small town in western Victoria, which was founded in a gold rush in the 1850’s. Soon after the gold rush began, a prison was required, so the original blue stone facility was erected and opened in 1861. The jail only operated for about twenty years, because the gold in the area ran out. In that time, three prisoners were hung at the gaol.

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The facility became a prison for the criminally insane  as part of the Ararat Lunatic Asylum. It became known as J Ward.

Not all of the occupants were criminals, although they all had good reason to be there. Some of the stories of the occupants and their crimes are harrowing.

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The picture above shows an example of graffiti on the bluestone walls which was done by an unknown artist.

The photos above show the stairs and the old kitchen. Ghost tours and overnight stays are also held at J Ward, with some people sensing a presence on the stairs. I didn’t.

Ken, who guided our tour, was knowledgeable and told some great stories. J Ward closed in 1991, so some of the occupants had ‘made the news’ in fairly recent history. The issues of mental health were treated by Ken, as a Friend of J Ward, with a great deal of respect.

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