What Is Our Fading Past?

Our Fading Past is a community based project to document Melbourne's history through old signs.

Any sign that has survived a change of business in its original location can be uploaded and added to our map.

Where Did The Idea Come From?

When I was a young boy I distinctly remember staying at my nana's one day and, while sitting in her kitchen eating breakfast, I read an article in the Sun. It was a short piece with a photo of an old sign atop a building and the author made an impassioned plea to document these signs before they disappeared. It must have struck a chord because that simple idea stayed with me for over 25 years.

Now, thanks to digital cameras, the internet and the power of Google Maps I've been able to act on that idea. It may be a little late for many of the signs that were around when the original article was written but it's hopefully not too late for many more.