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In Melbourne’s winter of lockdown, a warm meal made all the difference

Melbourne’s record-breaking COVID-19 lockdown turned the CBD into a ghost town, but every Wednesday, snaking down an empty Flinders Lane, a line of people would queue patiently in front of a Chinese restaurant called Tian38 to collect a free meal. This photoessay by Shiyang Tang launches our ‘Snapshots of Lockdown’ series, documenting some of the ways Melburnians navigated life in COVID lockdown.

In Melbourne’s winter of lockdown, a warm meal made all the difference

Tian38, a Chinese restaurant in Melbourne's CBD, offered free meals every Wednesday during the city's months of lockdown restrictions. The queues would often snake around the block. Photo: Shiyang Tang.

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THE CITIZEN is a publication of the Centre for Advancing Journalism. It has several aims. Foremost, it is a teaching tool that showcases the work of the students in the University of Melbourne’s Master of Journalism and Master of International Journalism programs, giving them real-world experience in working for publication and to deadline. Find out more →

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