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Thirty years in Melbourne. Thirty years of love

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Melbourne’s been good to me, it’s given me so many things. Love, family, a home, paid work, and even a few friends – all stuff I couldn’t seem to get in any other Australian city.

We lived a St Kildan life together.Credit:Wayne Taylor

I fell in love with Melbourne when I fell in love with my beloved, exactly 30 years ago this week. I was from Sydney and she was a Melbourne girl – a fully naturalised citizen of St Kilda, the most hippie-dippy, happy-scrappy, grungy-scungy suburb in town. So I moved down here to be with her, arriving in style on the back seat of a Firefly all-night coach, my clothes reeking of coach-toilet disinfectant and chip-gravy from a 3am Albury snack stop.

I knew I’d be staying for good: I’d brought all my worldly possessions – a portable black and white TV with a rusty coathanger aerial, and a plaster bust of Beethoven that I stole off my flatmate because he owed me money and........

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