Most weeks, Katie and I spend time walking in the local bushland.
After I have shopped at the Wesley Hill market on Saturday mornings, we often go for a walk in the bushland around nearby Chewton.
During the latter half of the 1850s, what is now quiet bushland, was a mining and industrial landscape dotted with temporary settlements. It is common to see evidence of the activity of those times on our walks.
Some of the more well known historical sites such as the Manchester Reef have a sign but others are unmarked.
This chimney and fireplace are the remains of a more substantial building. It sits on a raised platform and faces the remnants of a street.
We walked down a track, crossed a gully and further on up a hill, began seeing the familiar waste heaps of a mine.
The Manchester Reef site has a horizontal shaft…….
‘No Katie, we are not going in that big, scary hole.’
…. and a open cut mine where the top of the ridge was unzipped and the reef material scooped out.
Katie has managed not to fall over any cliffs or get lost in any mines.
On Monday, 27th of June 1898, ‘The Argus’ newspaper reported on ‘The Gunpowder Outrage at Chewton’. The ‘Argus’ reported the attempt to injure the Chinese, Ah Lin, at Manchester Reef by placing a parcel of gunpowder in a crevice of his hut at daybreak on Wednesday morning. A man, James Barnes, was arrested.