Faded Central Victorian Beauty

"Elegance is the only beauty that never fades.... -Audrey Hepburn I beg to differ... there are many beauties..... such as... Fading Victoria

Peeking at Abandoned/Overlooked Central Victoria

Sometimes, when Akari asks 'where does that road go?' we go to places where there is nothing, yet there is everything. Places are never really empty! Abandoned Places Lost Baringhup 33 Abandoned Places in Australia Decay Down Under Inside Australia's Ghost Towns Abandoned Places Photography of Mark Hassed Beautiful Abandoned Places

Local Cemetery Exploration

This Sutton Grange Cemetery enjoys scenic views across to Mount Alexander and the green stone quarry of special significance to the aboriginal people who first lived here. What used to be a thriving town during the prosperous days of the early 19th century, Sutton Grange has now been reduced to a population of around 150 people, … Continue reading Local Cemetery Exploration

Waltz With Matilda

Inexplicably, driving with Akari out to Moliagul, photographing an old thunder box (outdoor toilet) and a long abandoned house, filled me with the urge to wander further with my dogs sniff mapping. It made me think of swagmen and the much loved Waltzing Matilda. Once a jolly swagman camped by a Billabong Under the shade … Continue reading Waltz With Matilda

Akari’s Mystery Tour

Definition: a mystery tour is a short journey that people make for pleasure without knowing where they are going Akari, my 2008 Mazda 3, specialises in magical mystery tours that feed the soul and the creative spirit. Akari knows all about duende, that raw, tempestuous creative energy that flamenco guitarists, gypsies and dancers are familiar with. Her … Continue reading Akari’s Mystery Tour

Chinese Cemetery Vaughan Springs

In 1861, there were more than 24,000 Chinese immigrants on the Victorian goldfields of Ararat, Ballarat, Beechworth, Bendigo, Castlemaine and Maryborough.  Vaughan Springs was once a large gold rush town called "the Junction". Many Chinese miners moved there in 1854 and searched for alluvial gold in areas that had been abandoned by the Europeans. They … Continue reading Chinese Cemetery Vaughan Springs

Germ of Australian Independence

Much is made of the Eureka Stockade, a rebellion that took place in Ballarat. However, 160 years ago, in 1851, 15,000 protesters gathered on the Forest Creek diggings in central Victoria to object to higher gold license fees. This gathering took place at what has come to be known as the Monster Meeting place at … Continue reading Germ of Australian Independence

Winter on Mt Franklin (Lalgambook)

Mt Franklin, known as Lalgambook to the Dja Dja Warrung people, is a small volcanic crater that offers ideal place for a picnic set amongst plantings of huge conifers and deciduous trees that create an exotic atmosphere. It offers a fine example of a breached scoria cone. The breach, through which the road now enters the crater, is … Continue reading Winter on Mt Franklin (Lalgambook)

The Gower School Ruins

I have no particular talent! I am only passionately curious Einstein In 1912 the Gowar township was gazetted, but little came of it. Gowar is a rural locality 7 km south-east of Maldon. It was known as Muckleford North until 1880, but one hundred years later Muckleford North has probably become the name more often … Continue reading The Gower School Ruins

Forest Creek Diggings

Forest Creek Historic Gold diggings is situated mid-way between Castlemaine and Chewton. This historic mining site is in the Castlemaine Diggings National Heritage Park, and there is to do free of charge. A 400-metre walk allows you to discover how miners won gold from Forest Creek. The walk commences at a small shed below which … Continue reading Forest Creek Diggings

Global Sniff Mappers

“It perhaps comes down to us locating ourselves in an inconceivably vast universe on one hand, and in our own complicated lives as well.” Katherine Harmon Cartography, or mapmaking, has been an integral part of the human history for thousands of years. From cave paintings to ancient maps of Babylon, Greece, and Asia, through the … Continue reading Global Sniff Mappers

Crumbling Tennis Courts

"In my beginning is my end. In succession House rise and fall, crumble, are extended. Are removed, destroyed, restored, or in their place Is an open field, or a factory, or a by-pass. Old stone to new buildings, old timber to new fires, Old fires to ashes, and ashes to earth Which is already flesh, … Continue reading Crumbling Tennis Courts

A Golden Forest

Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness, Close bosom-friend of the maturing sun; John Keats To Autumn Mount Alexander Regional Park sits magnificently above the Harcourt valley. Called "Lanjanuc" by the Jaara Jaara people, this mountain was important as a sacred ceremonial ground. Rising 746 metres above sea level it was also used as a point … Continue reading A Golden Forest

Muckleford South Primary School

"One looks back with appreciation to the brilliant teachers, but with gratitude to those who touched our human feelings. The curriculum is so much necessary raw material, but warmth is a vital element for the growing plant and for the soul of a child." Carl Jung What a find! Akari (the car with a mind … Continue reading Muckleford South Primary School

The Local – Camp Reserve

  Within minutes from our home the Camp Reserve, our local, has been well mapped! The first small village was developed at Chewton, today a suburb of Castlemaine. It  included the Commissioners tent, stores, an office for The Argus newspaper, and an office for the Mount Alexander goldfields own newspaper the Daily Mail. On 28 … Continue reading The Local – Camp Reserve