Often described as our second CBD, the focal point of the East Melbourne suburb of Box Hill is a melting pot of cultures and cuisines built over a train station.
Ian Broadhead of the Box Hill Historical Society explained that the central lattice of the streets grew out of the cattle ranch.
In this unofficial story from the audience, Drive listeners remember the ghost platform, the old picture theaters and nodded the tail of the white horse …
Luci grew up in Box Hill: “I spent a lot of time there, and in 1999 I had my first (blind date) with my now husband! We met at the station and went to dinner. Our little love story.”
Another listener owes the station its existence: “My grandparents met on a red rattle in 1932 when they both took the train to work in the city. My grandfather rose on Box Hill, my Fir in Mont Albert. They were married 73 years. And spent 42 of them living in Box Hill. “
Eimer, 12 years old in Northcote, was initially a little confused about what Box Hill was all about! “When I was little, I thought Box hill was a real box. I was always confused about how people drove up the side without falling off. This was an assumption from hearing stories about it from my parents.”
There was a bit of a teenage riot at Box Hill Central – Jenny got her “ears pierced there when I was 15, without my parents’ permission!”
Melissa also violated the rules of Box Hill, “guards school in the ’90s and took a train that got off at Box Hill and took a beautiful gourmet sausage from the food court before wandering around looking at unwanted shops and then hopping back on Belgrave – line to train to get to school before it’s done. “
Kerry’s Box Hill rule breaks out to the family legend! “My unofficial story about Box Hill – in 1961 the Hawks won their first premiere. Legend has it that the white horse statue miraculously turned brown and gold overnight. The FAMILY legend is that my brother may have had something to do with it … “
Many of you remembered the wonderful characters you remember in the time that was in Box Hill Central – Irene “lived in Box Hill in the late 50’s in the early 60’s as a child. Remember the lovely Italian man , who owned a fabulous fruit and vegetable store.Came back 15 years later & lived there again and the same man drove into the store and remembered us.I also remember the railroad crossing and the white gates before it was all out under the new mall. “
A funny fact from a listener – did you know that Box Hill previously had two cinemas? Valerie “lived in Box Hill in the ’50s when there were two movie theaters, The Regent and Rialto. They showed news movies, a new movie and a feature film every week!”
And we can not end a conversation about Box Hill Central without a memory of the iconic food there – Ben says he “grew up in an English family when I met my now wife, her Malaysian father took us to Box Hill for my first meeting parents’ dinner. I had my first shrimp buns and Siu Mai and became and quickly became addicted. Happily married now many years later (and still a big fan of the food there!) “
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