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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.

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Random choice gives Wangaratta as the topic of the first photo post. It was also the first stop on my trip, and the last.

(I caught the Sydney express train from Melbourne, and got off here to catch coach to Beechworth. This gave me over three clear hours to wander about the town and takes photos. Camera had over ideas :( This lead to much sadness and then purchase of a little red camera with automatic everything and some other annoying traits, and I had an hour or two of photo taking. Then on Friday, I intended to return here and catch express back to Melbourne but they were saying delays of up to 40 minutes due to track work, so I cancelled and instead booked an earlier (and cheaper) VLine service. When I asked the nice lady at the counter what would get me to Melbourne by 6.30 pm, she frowned at the timetable and said "There's the 1.42 but it's a coach". Due to trackwork, coaches were substituting for trains. But it would allow me to spend a few more hours wandering around taking photos and get to Melbourne in plenty of time for my plane. So I booked on the coach and was given a ticket saying 1.42 Coach. But when I turned up on Friday to get on the 1.42 Coach it was instead 1.42 Train. Which was good. But the point of that being, I spent a couple of hours in Wangaratta on both Monday and Friday.)


Now to the photos, and I have split them into two posts. This one will be Murphy Street, some views of the streets and some of buildings along it, with notes from the heritage walk brochure the nice lady at the information centre gave me. The second post will be the other streets. I'm using the Heritage Walk Wangaratta brochure produced by the Wangaratta Regional Tourism Board, and I'll put bits from that in italics. These first paragraphs are a slightly rearranged version of their "Snapshot of Wangaratta's History".

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My comment on Facebook wasn't prompted by the number of Victorian stations that I have photos, but number of photos of stations, parts of, lines leading into that I have in relative to other photos of Melbourne/Victoria. I spend half an hour at Wangaratta waiting for a bus and there's not much else to do other than wander along the station platform. Or I take a couple of photos every time I go through Southern Cross. You get the idea :)

But have them I do, so for your amusement, photos of Victorian train stations. In alphabetical order. (Spelling might be wrong for a couple, as I took it from the out-of-focus signs in the photos.)


Benalla (that's a actually a signal tower at the entrance, but the best I had)



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Not a very good photo, but it's an exhibit from the Victoria Police Museum

From the panel below:

When Alma Aldersea joined the Police Force in March 1945 women were issued special 'PW' badge numbers rather than the unique individual numbers given to male officers. These numbers could be re-issued to other females when the original owner left the Force as was routinely expected. Alma's badge, PW9, can be seen on this cap. After Alma married and resigned her badge was issued to three more policewomen - the last in 1975.

Instructions to Police Reservists and Police Auxiliary Force Official Pocket Book
Victoria Police Women's Auxiliary members were issued with these documents during World War II. During World War II, due to the shortage of men who were away on war duties, women were enrolled in the Victoria Police Woman's Auxiliary and carried out supporting administrative duties. They were not full members of the Police Force and most left at the end of the war.

I can't read all of the caption, but Madge O'Conner was one of Victoria's first police woman, appointed as a 'police agent' in 1917.

Some quick links:

The Journal for Women and Policing (PDF) Issue 11 has a section "Australian and New Zealand History of Women in Policing", a state by state account.

South Australia Police Historical Society: Women Police and Women Police in South Australia Celebrating 90 years
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Not the B-word I had in mind, but it'll do for tonight.

There's a few photos of production equipment and some from inside the kilns, because you don't get to look inside pottery kilns often enough, I'm sure.

Unless stated otherwise, text in italics is from the information panels on site.

Photo 15

Bendigo Pottery promotes itself as Australia's oldest working pottery. The guy responsible was a Scottish potter who thought he'd try his luck on the Victorian goldfields, and discovered white gold. So in the late 1850s, he established his own pottery.

So we go in. )
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Because I can....


This is Bendigo, on of Victoria's gold mining cities. Population is somewhere between 80,000 and 110,000 people, depending on what and how it is measured, but slightly bigger than Launceston seems to be a good marker (for me anyway).

Text in italics is from the Victorian Heritage Register

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The Central Deborah Mine in Bendigo.

Central Deborah Gold Mine is a quartz-reef gold mine located on the Bendigo Flat near the Bendigo Creek. The mine operated from 1939 to 1954 and was the last commercial mine to operate in the wealthy Bendigo goldfields.

During this time miners extracted almost one tonne of gold (929kg) from the ground, which would be worth around $37 million in today's prices!


Tour starts here.

The tour group consisted of the tour guide, an extra body from the archive room(?) because they need to send an extra person if there's just one person in tour group-- Hang on. One person in the tour group = me. By myself. OK....

So the whole group of one is taken over to the change rooms and outfitted with overalls (which were not going to go around me, unless they were too big elsewhere, obviously I'm not miner shape), boots, hard hat and a lamp (which is on the hat, but attached to battery thing at the waist).

Going down )
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The other end of the steam train trip is Castlemaine.


I'm going to cheat here, and use some paragraphs from eGold, the Electronic Encyclopedia of Gold in Australia.

The Mount Alexander diggings were located in the central goldfields region of Victoria, in and around the present day city of Castlemaine. The site of one of the earliest significant alluvial gold rushes that occurred in Australia during the mid-nineteenth century, they have been called the world’s greatest shallow alluvial goldfield.

Following the gold discoveries of 1851, Castlemaine’s population grew rapidly and it became a town on 1 November 1853. It is the key settlement of the Mount Alexander diggings and, at its peak, had approximately 35,000 inhabitants. Along with the other major goldfields cities of Ballarat and Bendigo, Castlemaine briefly rivalled Melbourne as Victoria’s principal population centre.

More. Really. Yeah, surprised me too. )
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A sequel to my Maldon post earlier today :)


Founded in the late 1850s, all the early work was carried out in an open cutting, between where the main shaft and the engine house stood. Miners were granted claims 30 feet square, and out of these claims much gold must have been taken, but the amount will never be known. ... The method of hauling dirt and stone was by means of a windlass. This was slow and hard work so it was decided to call a meeting of the claim holders to pool resources.

The outcome of the meeting was to form a company and to purchase a winding machine. A new shaft was sunk while the engine, engine house and poppet legs were being erected. With installation of the machinery, the ground was worked, with varying returns for about 3 years. Then at the 300 feet level a heavy flow of water was met. The plant was not capable of dealing with it so another meeting was held to form a more powerful company. This was called the "New Beehive Company" and comprised 30,000 shares. New engines, boilers, large pumping plant and quartz crushing battery were purchased.

Extract from "The New Beehive Mine, based on a brief history of the Beehive Mine by Garnet Pearce of Maldon", a leaflet I picked up. The mine closed in 1918.

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So this is my first view of Maldon, nice and dreary it looks.


It's also bigger than I expected. The population as of the last census was 1600.

The usual gold town story: gold was discovered nearby in the 1850s, and thousands of diggers turned up to work the field, eventually their numbers dwindled and the town... didn't do anything.

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I has train.

That is, the Victorian Goldfields Railway train. It runs from Castlemaine to Maldon, but only on Wednesdays and Saturdays, so I had to structure my trip around the it.

The plan was... Wednesday morning take a Metlink train into Melbourne City/Southern Cross station, change to a Vline train for the 1.5 hour trip to Castlemaine, get off here for the stream train to Maldon, spend just under 2 hours then, catch steam train back, and another Vline train to Bendigo for the night.

Up until the day, I worried it might not be worth the hassle.

First one

Photos. Really. )
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Last day, and plane leaves at 12.25 pm. Plan to get there half an hour beforehand. Allow half an hour for the Sky Bus. So I have to leave the city somewhere between 11 and 11.30.

That leaves time for one last quick visit.

Before I left, I made a point of checking online for any little museums and things in Melbourne. That is how I found the Chinese one. There were a couple of places I either didn't feel inclined to visit or they were too far out of the city centre. This is one that didn't come up though.


The Lots of Glass and Reflections Museum The Victoria Police Museum. I came across a mention of it in one of my brochures. That was all. It did appear on the map I pulled out of the Melbourne in Winter booklet on Saturday and lost on Sunday, as being in the World Trade Centre. I did a Google search during one of those internet cafes visit and found out it was open Monday - Friday, at 10 am. Hmm. It is just around the corner from Spencer St Southern Cross station, where the bus to airport leaves from.

Oh, why not. )
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I woke up after half an hour, needing to drink, blow nose and go to bathroom. Half an hour later, I woke up again. This continued through to somewhere around midnight, when I managed to sleep for an hour and half. And then four hours! After which I gave up.

Today's plan was simple. Have a quick look about Victoria Market and get something to eat. Go to the Aquarium.


Strange non-falling-down new building.

Don't do it! )
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And I am woken up at 5 am by the radio beside the bed coming on. Arck. Of course, body insists it is Time To Get Up so know going back to sleep.

And no need to be anywhere before 9 am.

Still if I take it slow over breakfast, getting dressed, walking to train station...


You know. )
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By my reckoning, if I leave at 7.30 and it takes half an hour to walk over to the cemetery and half an hour back, then I'll still have plenty of time for breakfast and I can leave for the bus at 9.

Spot the flaw in this plan.

Burning Towers

No, it's not that it's still dark this early. (The photos are showing dark on this monitor. They show fine on my home computer so I forget that they are actually dark. I hope that hasn't been a problem.)

Yep. )
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Part I

Town Hall

The morning tour was the Ned Kelly Tour, which I would have preferred in the afternoon, having had enough of the that the day before and at the courthouse. But such is life I'm tough, I can handle it. There's a whole three people in the group, not counting the guide, and for our first stop he takes us down behind the town hall.

You know the drill )
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Corner from under verandah

On the eighth day of August, in the year 69
On a lovely spring morning, the weather being fine
A bolter from Pentridge, Jack Power by name
An aspirant for the gallows, to Beechworth he came

Well armed, well mounted, the troops for his foes
To a scrub for concealment the highway man goes
From Beechworth to the Buckland and on the highway
Run Cobb & Co's coaches by night and by day

From Bushranger Jack Power

Why go to Beechworth?

Because it's there.

Seriously :) When I was planning my Melbourne trip, I had a vague idea for an overnight side trip. While I was looking into buses and accommodation this website for old gold town came up. It looked like an interesting place, if I ever got up that way with a car. My plans weren't working out, but then it occurred to me I could make it longer and add on a trip to somewhere else. So I pulled out a map, but Beechworth is off the highway a way so it was probably hard to get to. I checked timetables and, no, there were regular services and the times looked good, so I pulled out Excel and started working out an itinerary that seemed like it might actually work. It did mean my two days in Melbourne would be on the weekend though. Of course, if I'd realised the amount of ringing up I'd have to do to arrange all this, I wouldn't have got started. Fortunately, I didn't.

Photos, lots of them. )
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Somewhere in the early hours of the morning, a train woke me up. Although I tried to go back to the sleep, I didn't seem to be about to sleep for more than 10 or 20 minutes at a time, or the clock was broken. At 5.30 am I gave up and went for a walk.


Not that there was much to see at that time of the morning :)

More, but you knew that )
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I'll add a note here, that many of these photos have been taken inside without a flash so they're not as sharp as I'd like, but then it's that or nothing :)


That's a plane :)

Lots of photos, I mean it. )


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