Archive for August, 2015

Longing for Lunch
August 27, 2015

 

I recently acquired pieces of white card measuring approximately 20cm square. They will provide the format for a series of simple collages.

This is the first. Hunger inspired the subject.

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The Eureka Reef
August 19, 2015

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The Eureka Reef site is near Chewton. The site forms part of the Castlemaine Diggings National Heritage Park. Here a range of quartz and alluvial gold mines operated from the mid 1850s to the 1950s.

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 There are deep vertical shafts. A concrete slab covers the shaft in the car park. Visitors can gaze into the inky blackness through an observation hole.

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 Gold bearing quartz was ripped from the hill leaving a deep chasm.

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If you want a closer look, check out this video on You Tube:

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There are hand dug water races. Water races were used in sluicing operations to wash through layers of gravel to extract gold.

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 There are bits of buildings here and bits of buildings there.

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Cyanide tanks were used to extract gold from tailings in the 1930s.

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Instead of a vertical chimney, miners built a Cornish chimney which follows the slope of a hill.  A fire heated water which created steam which drove the batteries which crushed the quartz to extract the gold……..the noise must have been horrendous!

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Nothing in here!

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 The chimney is beautifully and expertly made.

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The top of the chimney is at the top of the slope.

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Hollyhocks
August 9, 2015

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Cheerfully assembled,

Silken petals glimmering in the early morning sun,

At home on waste ground

Sustained only by meagre offerings from summer’s skies

and Roo Poo.

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This group of hollyhocks growing on a hillside near the old Castlemaine tip are a surprising sight. Perhaps they are the remnants of an old garden. I took these photographs in early 2015.

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