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Tea and Footy, Shaper Style





Many Melbourne homes found these in their letterboxes in the last few months. A message from Jarvis perhaps?

enlightened tea?

“Green with two JARVISes, thanks”

enlightened footy

Is this a sign Jarvis will appear at the MCG?


Melbourne Enlightened Blog wishes you all happy holidays– may your stocking stuffer come in the form of an awesome Hack of the Day!  Or Hank Johnson’s sunnies.


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Portals of the Week Series: Captain Cooks’ Cottage

… well, technically it hasn’t been ‘portals of the week’ lately, seeing as the last entry in this series was quite a while ago!  This week’s portal is Captain Cooks’ Cottage:


Captain Cooks’ Cottage (also known as Cooks’ Cottage) sits in Melbourne’s Fitzroy Gardens:


Cooks’ Cottage was built in 1755 in Great Ayton in North Yorkshire, by the parents of James Cook. There does not appear to be any official evidence showing that James himself lived in the cottage.

The information below has been taken from the Wikipedia entry for Cooks’ Cottage:

In 1933 the owner of the cottage decided to sell it with a condition of sale that the building remain in England. She was persuaded to change “England” to “the Empire”, and accepted an Australian bid of £800, by Russell Grimwade as opposed to the highest local offer of £300.

The cottage was deconstructed brick by brick and packed into 253 cases and 40 barrels, for shipping on board the Port Dunedin from Hull. Cuttings from ivy that adorned the house were also taken and planted when the house was re-erected in Melbourne. Grimwade, a notable businessman and philanthropist, donated the house to the people of Victoria for the centenary anniversary of the settlement of Melbourne in October 1934.

The cottage immediately became a popular tourist attraction. In 1978 further restoration work was carried out on the cottage. An English cottage garden has been established around the house, further adding to its period reconstruction. Very few of the items in the house are from the Cook family, but all are representative furnishings of the period.

In the Fitzroy Gardens, you’ll find more portals, one being the Conservatory (photo strategically taken to avoid including work utes):



The Fitzroy Gardens are popular with families because of the model Tudor village and the Fairy Tree:


Photo from Wikipedia entry for Fitzroy Gardens

Grab a picnic, grab your scanner and enjoy!

Previous Portals of the Week:

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Portal Parks and Playground Series: McClelland Gallery & Sculpture Park, Langwarrin

A group of Enlightened agents decided to spend most of their Sunday strolling around the grounds of the lovely McClelland Gallery & Sculpture Park.  This is a great spot for Ingress activity.  Take the kids!  Kids, take your parents!  There are great outdoor pieces of art and stuff you can climb on.


There’s a cafe too:


Take a footy and kick it arou… oh who am I kidding:


Look out!  Phew, that was close.  It pays to look up from your screen now and then:





The McClelland Gallery and Sculpture Park is located at 390 McClelland Drive, Langwarrin.


Previously: Coburg Lake Reserve

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Portals of the Week series: HM Prison Pentridge

Welcome to the second post in the Portals of The Week series.  This week’s feature portals are part of HM Prison Pentridge. The two Pentridge portals are Pentridge Gate and D Division.


Pentridge was built in 1850 and stands in the suburb of Coburg, about 9km from the Melbourne city area.  The prison closed in May 1997.



Spot the Ingress geek.


Redevelopment has taken place since then and there are a number of appartments, with more residential redevelopments planned.





Pentridge was divided up in to a number of blocks, with each block containing a given ‘category’ of prisoner.  D Division housed prisoners on remand:


Jika Jika was the maximum security division.  It was opened in 1980 and operated for seven years.  Jika Jika won an ‘excellence in concrete’ award.  Nice!

The Brosnan portal is located on Dawson Street in Brunswick, close to Sydney Road.  Father John Brosnan was Chaplain at Pentridge Prison for thirty years.  In 1977, a youth hostel was established to house young men who had been released from the prison system.  The program was later renamed Brosnan Youth Services. It has been rumoured that the Brosnan portal has been seen sporting a green hat, however no evidence exists to suggest that Father Brosnan is a fan of accessories.

Previously: State Library of Victoria

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Portals Of The Week series: State Library of Victoria


The State Library of Victoria (SLV) is the largest public reference library in the state, housing over two million books and sixteen thousand serials.  The SLV is also home to the armor worn by bushranger Ned Kelly:

Image source: State Libary of Victoria

and, in addition to numerous collections, the folios of Captain James Cook and the diaries of John Batman and John Pascoe Fawkner.  The foundation stone for the SLV was laid in 1854 and the library opened in 1856.

Mr Justice Redmond Barry (who became Sir Redmond Barry in 1860), together with Lt. Governor Charles La Trobe, were instrumental in the establishment of the library.  In 2013, their service was further recognised by turning them in to portals.

Sir Redmond Barry was a judge in colonial Victoria.  He was highly regarded for his service to the community and is credited with influencing the state government of the time to allocate funds towards public works and education.  Sir Bazza played a pivotal role in the establishment of the Royal Melbourne Hospital in 1848 and the University of Melbourne in 1853.  He was also the judge in the Eureka Stockade treason trials and the trial of Ned Kelly.  He believed that libraries should be free and available to everyone and was personally involved in selecting books and collections.  Sir Redmond’s own portal is located outside the SLV:



Charles Joseph La Trobe was the first lieutenant Governor of the colony of Victoria. Around Melbourne and Victoria you’ll find stuff named after him: La Trobe Street (the SLV is on the corner of La Trobe and Swanston Streets), La Trobe University, the Latrobe Valley in southeastern Victoria, just to name a few.  Here is his portal.  No, those are not banana peels on his head:


The SLV area is a great spot for Ingress agents.  At the time of writing, there are about seven portals you can affect with high level bursters, with a few being knocked out at once.  During the day, especially lunchtime, you will mostly likely see the portals being flipped fairly regularly.  Many an Enlightened agent have enjoyed their lunch on the lawn while deploy-defending, or dashed back and forth to keep things green!