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You could be excused for thinking these pics were taken on the set of a movie about the life and times of Jules Verne. In fact they were taken at an event called Steampump at the Meat Market  on 11th of August this year. The event celebrated the Steampunk movement.

Members of the community here in the Yarra Valley introduced me to the delights of Steampunk. In particular, Amanda Gibson who is just as much at home in a blacksmith’s forge as she is on a catwalk.  You may remember that she’s the manager of the Tree Project.  She’s been modelling for the Clockwork Butterfly for some time.  Clockwork Butterfly put on an unforgetable fashion parade at Steampump. Designer Alexandra Chambers is responsible for the costumes.

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I’m always astounded by the way that once I discover something…more information appears, as if by magic, in other places.  While at the Wattle Festival in August, I spotted a wonderful window display at Oku Den, that was also celebrating Steampunk.  Oku Den have been making and selling Steampunk forever.  Incidentally if you’re looking for Oku Den, be aware that they have moved to the main drag of Hurstbridge.

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In addition to the Clockwork Butterfly parade, Steampump included displays of wild and wacky objects, glassblowing, an old style card game and a very tasteful striptease. It was an alcohol free event.

So strap yourself into your time machine and sit back to enjoy this pictorial record of the night at the Meat Market. Incidentally, photographs are all courtesy of and ©Kerry Cross.

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If these pics have you wishing that you could join an event like this, you might be interested in attending Steam being held at the 100th Goldsmith Steam Rally near Beaufort in regional Victoria on November 3rd and 4th 2012.  Clockwork Butterfly will be appearing once again.