Urban Exploring Australia Essay

Australian underground drains

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The great stairway

The famous Australian Drains!

Rare in Europe, these drains are everywhere under the australian cities. These underground drains carry out the canalization of rain water, completely separated from sewer networks.

Many of these drains are present below each city, each one having its nickname, story and features. Different shapes, sizes, entry & exit...

They are popular meeting, expression and exploration places for the Australian Cave Clan, THE urban exploration organization. The photos shown here depict the variety of these underground canalizations.

Explored drains:




SydneySwooA strong slope gave this drain its name. When you slip, Swoooooo!
SydneyDrainstationA Train Station can be seen from this drain
AdelaideAdelaide Darkie Adelaide's classic
AdelaideZorga's Tomb Zorga's fiund
AdelaideSaint Peter's Twins Twin tunnels
AdelaideEli's Tomb In the country, this drain is shaped in natural rocks.
MelbourneThe 10th Huge cavity. This drain was the tenth found below Melbourne
MelbourneThe Great Stairway A long stairway with mini waterfalls.
MelbourneANZACTHE meeting place under Melbourne
MelbourneThe Maze Complex and large drain
MelbourneThe Slide Slippy slopes!
MelbourneG.O.D.Great Oversized Darkie!

Thanks to my Cave Clan underground guides from Sydney, Melbourne & Adelaide: Doug, Curly, Eli, Al, Rogue, Drac... Big big thanks to you guys and... Go In Drains ! ! !

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Based on several years of near-nightly excursions into London’s disused, non-public, forgotten, subterranean and infrastructural spaces, this article considers the significance of discovering years - or even decades - old surviving traces of graffiti (‘ghosts’, in graffiti parlance) in situ. The article also draws on extensive ethnographic research into London’s graffiti subculture, as well as in-depth semi-structured interviews with several generations of graffiti writers. The article proceeds in four parts. The first part reflects on three sources of methodological inspiration: unauthorised urban exploration and documentation; more-or-less formal archaeological studies of graffiti; and ‘ghost ethnography’, an emergent methodological orientation which places an emphasis on absence and the interpretation of material and atmospheric traces. The second part of the article considers recent theoretical work associated with the ‘spectral turn’. Here, ghosts and haunting provide useful conceptual metaphors for thinking about lingering material and atmospheric traces of the past. The third part of the article offers some methodological caveats and reflections. The fourth and final part of the article seeks to connect theory and method, and asks what significance can be drawn from unauthorised encounters with graffiti ‘ghosts’.


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