Monday, October 24, 2011

Tarnagulla History Walk part 2

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So, we'll start off with Bell's Cottage, the wee stone cottage WW1 veteran Herbert Bell built during the Great Depression before going off to serve in WW2.
A chap who liked a bit of hard work!

Again, he collected these stones while cycling through the bush looking for/doing work and slowly built this cottage over several years.
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Close up of the stone work along the back, some minor mortar repairs having been done recently.
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The verandah...
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...and the date of completion inscribed in the cement, 1937.
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This is the entire width of the kitchen.
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The kitchen itself - I could touch the bench under the window (which is to the right of the front door) and the opposite wall without stretching my arms, and I was standing just inside the doorway which shows how tiny it was (the lounge/bedroom was equally as tiny).
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A one holer was favoured.
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The former Tarnagulla Post Office from 1859-1886 (which was originally intended as the Tarnagulla Gold Office but Those In Power changed their minds).
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As it is today - note they have increased the height of the chimneys at some stage, perhaps they didn't draw properly...?
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Another shot of the century-old St Francis' Church (in 1911 this replaced the wooden church built there in 1865).
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Proper solid door handles and lock.
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Some chaps on their knees in front of the church... not praying but checking the bedrock and soil for gold-bearing qualities.
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St Saviour's Church of England, a mere stone's throw up the street.
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And look at those delightful gate posts (cast brass work!).
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Remains of Weslyn Church, built in 1865 burnt approx. 17 yrs ago.
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Pavillion at the Historic Recreation Reserve, built in 1884 it is the oldest remaining wooden grandstand in Victoria.
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Tarnagulla Reservoir, built in the 1860s, has not been this full in 15 years.
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Bits and bobs at the reserve.
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This canon was given to the town of Tarnagulla from the ship HMVS Nelson
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It was only fired a few times after it arrived in Tarnagulla but one occasion it wasn't fixed firmly enough and backfired, causing a bushfire.
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And we'll leave it there for tomorrow.

4 comments:

The Elephant's Child said...

Ooooh. So beautiful. Thank you.

FruitCake said...

Why does it not surprise me to hear about a cannon starting a bushfire?
Loved the armchair walk, thanks.

Jayne said...

You're welcome, EC.

Thanks, FruitCake :)
I've had trouble commenting on your blog, something to do with the comment box, wanted to say how much I enjoyed your latest post!

scottsabode said...

Australian sunlight is so bright!

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