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Cleve Gardens

The Cleve Gardens in St Kilda were once known for an ornate drinking fountain donated by Sali Cleve in 1911. Much diminished in size when the Lower Esplanade was widened in 1968, they have long been a meeting place for Aboriginal people, who painted the Aboriginal flag on the wall of the toilet block. This was demolished on the eve of the 1996 Melbourne Grand Prix when several people were removed by police. In 1997 the City of Port Phillip erected a cultural marker bearing symbols of the traditional owners of the site, the Boon wurrung and Wurundjeri peoples.

Judith Buckrich