Saturday, October 17, 2009

Castlemaine tour continued

Right, on with the tour.
Remember to wear comfy shoes as Castlemaine is not flat - it is very hilly and, sometimes, steep.
It was born from the discovery of GOLD! and, as we all know, that glittery stuff seems to be wedded to mountains/hills/not-very-flat-walking-surfaces.
Also, pack a jacket/jumper as it can be a couple of degrees cooler up there than the Melb CBD.
Harcourt, just 8 kms up the highway from Castlemaine, is nestled in a valley and has been known to have snow quite late in the year and/or solidly frozen ponds, bird baths, etc.

For Elizabeth; a garden that took our fancy walking up from the train station.

These plaques are everywhere on buildings of significance (take note, Jussy), I took a few but some are dreadfully blurry so I'll spare you the painful eyesight.

Looking toward the RSL across the gardens from that artwork seat from the previous post.

With the monument (including horse & dog troughs) at our backs we're looking straight across the intersection from the gardens.
You might be able to make out the history of Mostyn street if you click on the pic to enlarge.
Background is looking up Barker St (Midland Hwy).

We're out on Mostyn street now, looking at the front of the (very pretty) Castlemaine RSL.

A side-on view of the famous Castlemaine Market building.

This, which you've already had the pleasure of meeting, is next along the street.

On the opposite side of the street are the usual suspects of chemists, hairdressers, bargain basement cheap shop, gift and shoe shops.
None of the buildings are younger than Art Deco so the streetscape (and skyline) is a gentle undulating line of styles that are kind to the eye.
Sorry, no photos as it was quite a busy shopping day and there were just so many bodies out and about I couldn't do an Andrew and get a clear shot.

Looking down Mostyn Street from outside the old school that is Stoneman's Bookroom on the corner, a must-see shop.

The famous Theatre Royal tucked around the corner; apart from needing a paint job it's been going since 1854, is a nightclub, restaurant, cinema and live theatre venue.
Click the blue link for the home page which includes a detailed history of the oldest theatre in Oz.

These were a pretty splash of colour along the (extra wide) nature strip on the way up to the Bourke and Wills monument.

This is not a dry stone wall, there are remains of mortar between some of the stones, but is a lovely example of use of local stone most of which was dug up with building works, gold mining, etc.

This huge solid lump of rock is someone's front fence, which continues on in either direction for quite some distance.

A little further along there was a break in the natural rock so they plugged it with local stone.

The light was a shocker but this is a fountain monument to the goldminers depicting the Garfield water wheel.
For a clearer picture click HERE.

The Garfield water wheel was the biggest in the southern hemisphere.
To see the remaining stone base for the wheel, click HERE.
To learn more about this monster of the gold mining era click HERE.

More sound-byte history.
I propose councils should do this with all street names.
No, not holding my breath, either.

We're heading up Lyttleton Street now, it runs parallel to Mostyn Street.

Site of a bank now, cnr of Midland Hwy (Barker Street) and Lyttleton Street, opposite Post Office.
Click to enlarge to read.


The (former) hotel used as (fictional character) Chris Riley's Imperial Hotel in the tv series Blue Heelers.
A clear, full-frame shot is HERE.



The famous Anticlinal Fold.
Don't know what that is, exactly?
Click HERE.

Explaining that Lyttleton had been a goldfields policeman while Hargraves was (incorrectly) credited with the first discovery of gold.

 Now we're walking back down Lyttleton street towards Barker St (Midland Hwy) and the main shopping area.

 This is the footpath outside the magnificent post office (clearer picture of P.O HERE); it's a natural, local stone which marries the building and footpath together beautifully.
It also shows how wet the day was!

We've turned the corner into Barker St (Midland Hwy) now and beside the post office is the Telegraph Station.

Old Telegraph Station.
You can see the tool marks on the stone work.
This is jammed up against another lovely building the Faulder Watson Hall which I couldn't get a shot of but which you can see HERE.
Faulder Watson Hall plaques/stones.

 Engine/carriage storage or work shop at Castlemaine.

 Signal box.


Details of Castlemaine Station.

I could have taken a million more shots of the beautiful homes and buildings all from another time but the day was miserably wet, on and off, and there are many photos available to view online without me repeating the same ones over.

Next week we head to Daylesford!


  1. It appears someone has nicked the clock from the town hall tower.

  2. "...the famous Castlemaine Market..."

    Similar to the World Famous Fleetwood Market. At least, that's how Fleetwood Market's advertised on the trams. I can only assume it's now world famous because the tram driver lived in Tinidad during his gap year.

  3. I suspect there was a De Loren and a thunderstorm involved, Andrew :P

    Then the Castlemaine one must be universally known as some that live near there are on another planet, Brian :P

  4. Thanks for the garden Jayne.
    Took my hubby with me on the tour today.

  5. I just read the Water Wheel story - the ending turned my stomach...

    Why does the name "Castlemaine" bring to mind a boater hatted bloke and beer?

  6. That anticlinal fold is way cool! Thanks for teaching me something today!