There's a dry(er) part to Melbourne?
On the 'not naming things after the living', it's probably a good idea not to. How many people (notably sports stars) get something named after them only to go and do something stupid and have the naming people wish they'd picked someone else?
Indeed. I wonder what became of the George Pell Wing at St. Pat's in Ballarat? (where the 2015 Australian Sprint was).
The rainfall contrasts across Melbourne are actually pretty sharp: only about 500mm per year in Melton and Werribee, 650 in the central city, 800-900 in the eastern suburbs and over 1200 in the Dandenongs.
I do notice in Perth on rain days that the readings can vary wildly between the testing stations.
Indeed, although the variation in annual rainfall across the metro area is not so sharp - most sites on the plains are in the 700s, though Kalamunda is over 1000. (Rottnest Island is only just over 600, but I think some of that is probably the lighthouse gauge undercatching in high winds, a common problem at very exposed sites).
So...are that entire suburb's streets all named after Melbourne Cup winners?
Re: phones. Maybe just don't carry your phone while running? Or turn it off and carry it for emergencies only?
Just a small pocket - only Canberra is organised enough to use the same theme for a whole suburb. I found four Melbourne Cup-themed areas (the others are in Lilydale, Mordialloc and Mount Martha), and you can also find, among other things, areas devoted to the football teams of 1970s Richmond (Hoppers Crossing) and 1980s Essendon (Berwick).
Another one I spotted a while back was a 1960s bit of Bundoora where the main street was Patricia and the side streets were Alan, Darren and Rae, which I took to mean that someone (probably the developer, or perhaps a councillor) named the main street after his wife and the side streets after his children.
You can find those family memoria across the road from Croydon Hills. Streets named after the members of the orcharding family that sold the land to developers.
And in Merewether after Edward Merewether's wife and children. Not at all uncommon. We've got a suburb/subdivision which has named its streets after various wines - but can't figure why when it is possibly 50km from wine country and is on shores of Lake Macquarie??
Its named after what they drink at elevenses silly.