From a lockdown pass time to a book, industrial relations lawyer, artist and self proclaimed history enthusiast Chris Macheras has created a Melburnian cultural zeitgeist.

After launching his book Old Vintage Melbourne in October, Mr Macheras has now reached a new milestone with his lockdown project. In just a little over a month since its release, Scribe Publications informed the lawyer that they no longer have any stock of his book in their warehouse.

“I was overwhelmed that it sold out and humbled of the support of the Greek community and the wider Victorian community,” Mr Macheras told Neos Kosmos. 

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Mr Macheras launched his Instagram page @oldvintagemelbourne in June 2020 after not being about to travel into the city for work due to the pandemic, sharing the magic of old Melbourne through vintage photographs.

The page gained such traction that the Preston local translated these cultural gems into a coffee table book, named after the original social media page. The book features images of iconic Melbourne buildings, to tableaus of life in decades past.

Chris Macheras with his book “Old Vintage Melbourne” Photo: Supplied