COASTAL EROSION

Sandy Gully Beach, Victoria, Australia

Tuesday 28 February 2017

'Coastal erosion is the wearing away of land and the removal of beach or dune sediments by wave action, tidal currents, wave currents, drainage or high winds (see also beach evolution). Waves, generated by storms, wind, or fast moving motor craft, can cause coastal erosion, which may take the form of long-term losses of sediment and rocks. The study of erosion and sediment redistribution is called 'coastal morphodynamics'.' [Wikipedia] (1972)

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AMPLE ACCESS

Hopetoun Falls, Victoria, Australia

Monday 27 February 2017

'Much attention has been given to preserving the natural characteristics of Hopetoun Falls while allowing ample access for visitors. The falls have a large set of well-built and maintained stairs that lead down a natural patio to a viewing platform very close to the foot of the waterfall. Hopetoun Falls plunges 30 m in a rectangular shape. Many visitors come every year to look at its natural beauty.: [Wikipedia] (1971)

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MANY FORESTS OF IMPORTANCE

Beech Forest, Victoria, Australia

Sunday 26 February 2017

Australia has many forests of importance due to significant features, despite being one of the driest continents. Australia has approximately 123 million hectares of native forest, which represents about 16% of Australia's land area. The majority of Australia's trees are hardwoods, typically eucalypts, rather than softwoods like pine. While softwoods dominate some native forests, their total area is judged insufficient to constitute a major forest type in Australia's National Forest Inventory.' [Wikipedia] (1970)

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ORNATE STENCILLING

Mudgee, New South Wales, Australia

Saturday 25 February 2017

'The foundations of the present church buildings were commenced on 7th December 1873. The original sacristy and sanctuary were incorporated into the new building by architect Edward Gell. The builder was a Mr Webb from Tamaroora (near Hill End) and Mr Burns of Bathurst was the stonemason. The sandstone blocks were quarried at Botobolar and brought to Mudgee by bullock teams. St. Mary's church was officially opened on 11th November 1876. The ornate stencilling and beautiful stained glass windows were from the firm Lyon, Cottier and Co.' [mudgee.catholic.org.au] (1969)

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REASONABLE FISHING

Hawley Beach, Tasmania, Australia

Friday 24 February 2017

'Hawley Beach is a seaside resort town 22 kilometres from Devonport. At the 2006 census, the town had a population of 596.

Hawley Beach is known for its minute red sand crabs, hooded plovers and reasonable fishing. It borders the Rubicon Estuary, which has been identified by BirdLife International as an Important Bird Area because of its importance for waders, especially pied oystercatchers.' [Wikipedia] (1968)

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SAILING SMALL BOATS

Barwon Heads, Victoria, Australia

Thursday 23 February 2017

'The Barwon Heads Sailing Association grew out of the enjoyment many families experienced in sailing small boats on the safe waters of the Barwon estuary.

Races began in the most informal way of casual challenges issued between friends, for the sole purpose of entertaining the children (so the fathers said!). Of course the children needed to be taught the rules of sailing as well as the skills, which led to the need for more formal procedures (to discourage disputes over who was cheating) and this led to the formation, in 1965, of the Association.' [bhsa.club] (1967)

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LARGELY UNCHANGED

Nundle, New South Wales, Australia

Wednesday 22 February 2017

'The Peel Inn is a gold rush pub. It was built by William McIlveen in 1860 after the discovery of the precious metal at Hanging Rock. William no doubt hoped to grow prosperous as prospectors spent their money in his establishment. Unfortunately it didn’t work out as planned. Not long after opening his pub, he lost it in a card game. The new owner was John Schofield. Fourth generation publican Robert Schofield has run the hotel for the past 40 years with his wife Margaret and more recently with their sons Drew and Nathan and Nathan’s partner Rebecca. The exterior has remained largely unchanged over the past century. It retains the frontier charm of the gold rush days, with decorative iron work, a Wunderlich tin-lined balcony and six metre deep verandah.' [peelinn.com.au] (1966)

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RANK AMONG THE BEST

Palm Cove, Queensland, Australia

Tuesday 21 February 2017

'Queensland Beaches in the northern part of Australia rank among the best in the world for virtually every possible condition. The large selection of beaches along the 7400km coastline covers all environments from exciting large surf beaches to relaxing calm water beaches.' [qldbeaches.com] (1965)

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BELOW THE HOPETOUN FALLS

Beech Forest, Victoria, Australia

Monday 20 February 2017

'The Aire River rises below the Otway Ranges in a remote forestry area southeast of the locality of Beech Forest. The river generally flows west by south then south through the Great Otway National Park, joined by three minor tributaries, before reaching its mouth and emptying into Bass Strait west of Cape Otway. The river descends 555 metres (1,821 ft) over its 40 kilometres (25 mi) course; including a 49 metres (161 ft) descent over the Hopetoun Falls in its upper reaches, located at an elevation of 314 metres (1,030 ft) above sea level.

The river is traversed by the Great Ocean Road and the Great Ocean Walk near the river's mouth. It was named by the surveyor George Smythe after the River Aire in Yorkshire, England.' [Wikipedia] (1964)

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SQUEAKY BEACH

Wilsons Promontory, Victoria, Australia

Sunday 19 February 2017

'One of the most popular walks for campers staying at the Tidal River campsite is the 3-kilometre (1.9 mi) Squeaky Beach walk, an enjoyable walk which passes over the ridge separating Norman and Squeaky Beach. As its name suggests, Squeaky Beach, squeaks when walked on. This is due to the ultra-fine quartz sand particles, all of which are the same size and shape. The beach is very popular among children as it has many large rocks that can be climbed. The water, however, is very rough and often full of rips. The beach also has a small stream, similar in colour to Tidal River.' [Wikipedia] (1963)

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CAPTAINS WALK

Cootamundra, New South Wales, Australia

Saturday 18 February 2017

'The Cricket Captains` Walk features bronze sculptures of Australian Test Cricket Captains, along with Unaarrimim (Johhny Mullagh) the leading aboriginal player in the first Australian cricket team to tour England in 1868.

Cootamundra has strong connections with two Australian test cricket captains, being the birthplace of Sir Donald Bradman and a former home of Bill Murdoch. Their careers led to a special interest in cricket among the people of Cootamundra, which still prevails, with Cootamundra boasting 9 Cricket Ovals with 3 turf wickets.' [monumentaustralia.org.au] (1962)

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THE CROSSROADS

Mudgee, New South Wales, Australia

Friday 17 February 2017

'Mudgee's two main streets in the CBD are Church & Market Streets and a memorial clocktower stands in the crossroads with two of Mudgee's most significant buildings adjoining - St Mary's Catholic Church & St John's Anglican Church.' [mudgeebusiness.com] (1961)

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DRY GOLDEN GRASS

Tamworth, New South Wales, Australia

Friday 17 February 2017

I stopped beside this small country track, for a chance to take photos of the storm clouds. To my surprise, there were small blue flowers in amongst the roadside grass, They provided a tiny bit of colour to the dry golden grass of this rural scene. (1960)

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AN ADDED BONUS

Portarlington, Victoria, Australia

Wednesday 15 February 2017

The end of another warm day, here in Australia. Fishermen have left their rods leaning against the seawall, while they stand back and have a cigarette and watch the sun go down. I often see fishermen on my early morning or late evening photo shoots, but never actually see them catch anything. I wonder if they just dangle their lines in the water as an excuse to find a little solitude, as I do with my photography. Catching a fish would just be an added bonus to being able to watching such a beautiful sunset. (1959)

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LONGEST VERANDAH

Trundle, New South Wales, Australia

Tuesday 14 February 2017

'The National Estate Listed Trundle Hotel boasts to having the longest verandah in NSW (87.6m) on the widest main street in NSW. Whilst there has been a hotel on the site since 1888, the current building was constructed in 1912. Its construction is unique in that it is constructed from Pise Mud or compacted earth that is then rendered with cement. The ceilings were then made from pressed metal.' [trundlehotel.com.au] (1958)

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VESICULAR TEXTURE

Aireys Inlet, Victoria, Australia

Monday 13 February 2017

'Vesicular texture is a volcanic rock texture characterized by a rock being pitted with many cavities (known as vesicles) at its surface and inside. This texture is common in aphanitic, or glassy, igneous rocks that have come to the surface of the earth, a process known as extrusion. As magma rises to the surface the pressure on it decreases. When this happens gasses dissolved in the magma are able to come out of solution, forming gas bubbles (the cavities) inside it. When the magma finally reaches the surface as lava and cools, the rock solidifies around the gas bubbles and traps them inside, preserving them as holes filled with gas called vesicles.' [Wikipedia] (1957)

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THE OTWAYS

Beech Forest, Victoria, Australia

Sunday 12 February 2017

'The Great Otway National Park stretches from Torquay through to Princetown and up through the Otways hinterland towards Colac. The park features rugged coastlines, sandy beaches, rock platforms and windswept heathland. In the north, the park features tall forests, ferny gullies, magnificent waterfalls and tranquil lakes.' [parkweb.vic.gov.au] (1956)

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IN THE MIDDLE OF A SHEEP PADDOCK

Tamworth, New South Wales, Australia

Saturday 11 February 2017

'The Dish is a 2000 Australian film that tells the story of how the Parkes Observatory was used to relay the live television of man's first steps on the moon, during the Apollo 11 mission in 1969. (last lines) ... and it's still in the middle of a sheep paddock.' [en.wikiquote.org] (1955)

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BURSTON RESERVE

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Friday 10 February 2017

'In December 2008, a large-scale sculpture was unveiled to celebrate the 100th anniversary of women's right to vote in Victoria. Located in Burston Reserve, between Macarthur Street and Parliament Place, it is close to Parliament house where the original petition was delivered. The sculpture is a white scroll-like structure, which is twenty metres long and imposing on the small reserve.' [weekendnotes.com] (1954)

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100% VOLUNTEER RUN

Jan Juc, Victoria, Australia

Thursday 9 February 2017

'The Jan Juc Surf Life Saving Club was founded in 1963 and annually rescues an average of 30 people. Jan Juc Ocean Beach is rated highly hazardous. It is Torquay's second and more exposed surfing beach. The variable beach conditions warrant extra care. Jan Juc Beach is located immediately south of Torquay and is a little more exposed, receiving waves averaging 1.4m. The Jan Juc Surf Life Saving Club is a 100% volunteer run organisation and depends entirely on fundraising and donations to keep lifesavers on the beach.' [janjucsurfclub.com.au] (1953)

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CARCOAR

Carcoar, New South Wales, Australia

Wednesday 8 February 2017

'The original occupants were probably the Wiradjuri Aborigines. The first European to travel through the area was surveyor George Evans, who, heading south-west from Bathurst in 1815, set up his camp at the head of Coombing Creek. The first settlers arrived in 1821 and the first official land grant, comprising 560 acres, was issued in May 1829. In 1838 Thomas Icely requested that a village be established to service his large pastoral estate. By 1839 Carcoar became just the third settlement west of the Blue Mountains to be gazetted. [Wikipedia] (1952)

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THE TOWN'S DECLINE

Hill End, New South Wales, Australia

Tuesday 7 February 2017

'Hill End owes its existence to the New South Wales gold rush of the 1850s, and at its peak in the early 1870s it had a population estimated at 8,000 served by two newspapers, five banks, eight churches, and twenty-eight pubs. The town's decline when the gold gave out was dramatic: by 1945 the population was 700. At the 2006 census, Hill End had a population of 166 people.' [Wikipedia] (1951)

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THE WALLABY ROCKS BRIDGE

Wallaby Rocks, New South Wales, Australia

Monday 6 February 2017

'The Wallaby Rocks Bridge crosses the Turon River near Sofala, New South Wales, Australia. Opened in October 1897, the Turon Bridge is a timber trestle bridge employing Allan trusses - it was designed by Percy Allan and built by Messrs. Taylor and Murphy of Balmain. It has two central iron cylinder span supports fabricated by Mort's Dock. It is managed by the Roads and Maritime Services. The structure is heritage listed by the state government.' [Wikipedia] (1950)

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GOLD-RUSH TOWN

Sofala, New South Wales, Australia

Sunday 5 February 2017

'Sofala came about as a direct result of the gold rush when gold was discovered at Summerhill Creek on 12 February 1851. Sofala has been reported to be the oldest surviving gold-rush town in Australia. There are still gold prospectors who pass the time using metal detectors, gold pans, and sluice boxes to recover small quantities of gold dust.' [Wikipedia] (1949)

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JUNEE FLOUR MILL

Junee, New South Wales, Australia

Saturday 4 February 2017

'Stretching over twenty metres into the Junee skyline is the historically rich Junee Flour Mill. Built in 1934-35, the Mill was not only a town landmark, but a major player in Junee’s industrial progress following the Great Depression. The Mill employed 25 workers on site and ran around the clock producing 5.6 million bushels of flour per year, which in today’s dollars would be worth many tens of millions of dollars. The massive mill took up 9,600 square feet of floor space, was powered by a 160 horsepower semi-diesel motor and was recognised as one of the most efficient mills in Australia. Today, the mill building is being restored in a manner as to capture the 1930's feel of this substantial, “old world” construction.' [greengroveorganics.com.au] (1948)

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HOW DO THEY DO IT?

Rock Gully, New South Wales, Australia

Friday 3 February 2017

Driving along Black Stump Way in central New South Wales, I stopped the car to take a photo of this amazing rock. I'm guessing that Rock Gully is named after it. The rock stands in a paddock by itself, and the thing that I find puzzling is the trees that are growing on top of it. How do they do it, without substantial soil? (1947)

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THE OLD BLACKSMITH SHOP

Jerilderie, New South Wales, Australia

Thursday 2 February 2017

'Jerilderie was visited by Ned Kelly and his gang in 1879. The outlaws captured the town's two policemen and imprisoned them in their own cell before dressing in the police uniforms. They then told the locals that they were reinforcements from Sydney sent to protect them from the notorious Kelly Gang. Later the gang held up the local Bank. More than two thousand pounds were stolen.' [ Wikipedia] This old blacksmith shop was visited by the Kelly Gang. (1946)

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CONTENTED

Mudgee, New South Wales, Australia

Wednesday 1 February 2017

'The name Mudgee is derived from the Wiradjuri term Moothi meaning 'Nest in the Hills' or 'mou-gee' meaning 'contented'. In 1851, the population of Mudgee was 200. However, the population exploded as the discovery of gold in nearby Hargraves led to a gold rush in New South Wales. While no gold was found in Mudgee itself, the town prospered as gold was discovered in nearby towns such as Gulgong, Hill End and Windeyer, and temporarily reached a population of 20,000. Mudgee was a centre for the local goldfields and grew rapidly as a result.' [Wikipedia] (1945)

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