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I'll leave these in the order they were taken, mostly, because there is no reason not to and moving them around is tedious and time consuming.

Art Deco Court House! I don't know why the idea of an Art Deco-style court house is so cool, but it is. Maybe because court houses are either usually elaborate older buildings or dull newer buildings. Maybe because the writing on the building is Art Deco too, which is just so non-court housey. Whatever the reason, it is a cool looking building.

The heritage walk brochure goes on about it in great lengths. It says Court House & Public Office: They were built in 1938 at a cost of £14,000. OK so maybe not great or lengths but it is included.

There it is again!

Camera has this annoying thing where it has 12 million modes and when you press the button it goes through them all and picks the one it thinks is most appropriate. Annoying.

Major Mitchell Bridge: Opening in 1964. It is the fourth bridge to span the Ovens River. The first bridge was built in 1855.

There is a park along the river with lots of trees and birds and "Path Closed" signs

Sydney Hotel: It was built by William Painter who charged its name from the Hope Inn [sic]. Also near the site where "Thomas Rattray, our first settler, built a two-slab and bark hut and primitive store". Then "the following year William Clark acquired Rattray's store and built the Hope Inn." I am sure that all actually makes sense somewhere.

A tree, with cool branches.

Back from the main road, the buildings are smaller, both in width and height.

Monument Gardens: The basalt and granite memorials commemorate the district soldiers killed in the wars. The were designed by Arthur Rundle and James McLeod.

The Holy Trinity Cathedral: The church precinct embraces the Cathedral, Cathedral Close, Purbrick Hall, Cathedral College and the Deanery that is the oldest building in Wangaratta.

Exhibitions Gallery: Originally the Presbyterian Church, it was purchased by the city council in the mid 1980s.

Presbyterian Church was my first next didn't occur to me at all when I was wondering what this building had started life as.

Some houses because there aren't many photos of houses.

Pioneer Cemetery: The township's first cemetery is situated near the original jnction of the Ovens and King River.

The plaque on the fence says:

"Erected to the memory of those pioneers who were laid to rest here in Wangaratta's first cemetery
William Bendall, first local schoolmaster, 1849
George Vincent, 1850, father of the late Jacob Vincent
Agnes Isabella Vincent, 1850
Sydney Alfred Larken, 1850
And others."

I guess their funding for names ran out.

Pinsent Hotel: Originally the Royal Hospital and later the Royal Hotel. It was conducted by Mrs Annie Pinsent between 1917 and 1934.

A cottage opposite the hotel. The roof is quite a distance above the verandah. There's a lot of that about.

W.H. Edwards Museum: Originally the fire station, it is today headquarters of the Wangaratta Historical Society.

A panel on the wall there says


On this site stood the two storey Royal Victoria Hotel, a landmark in Wangaratta for 145 years.

It was built in 1854 by Thomas Millard, an early settler and one of the township's first butchers, at a cost of ten thousand pounds -- an enormous sum at the time. The project bankrupted Millard.

In 1864 it was one of the fist hotels in Australia to make its own refrigerated ice. It had its own hall where meetings and social functions wee held.

It was demolished in 1999."

I have no idea what this is, but it was the subject of a postcard. This is not the town to go to for exciting postcards :)

I didn't take many photos on the Friday morning. Mostly I went out to have a look at the cemetery, which is 3.6 km from the town centre, but I didn't walk on account of there being a bus that goes out that way (for future reference: 404 to Mason Rd ). I could put up the photos from there. It's a moderately interesting cemetery. Actually, it's a rather ordinary cemetery with some moderately interesting headstones. I'll think about it.

This photo looks like it was taken late in the day, but it wasn't just midday. At 1 pm I was heading for the train station, and I'm no where near there yet. (11.45 am is camera time.) The poor lighting is because in about half an hour it is going to pour with rain.


I had to go and hide in the church. Which is the Holy Trinity Cathedral shown earlier.

Camera DOES NOT LIKE taking photos inside, but I did get one decent shot.

The library. It is very read.

Train station after the rain.


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