Archive for March, 2016

Maldon’s Easter Parade
March 29, 2016

Yesterday, Easter Monday, I weathered a chilly autumn morning to attend Maldon’s Easter Parade, one of the highlights of Maldon’s Easter Fair which claims to be Australia’s oldest continuous easter fair.

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People gazing down the main street waiting to catch a glimpse of the horsewoman holding the Australian flag. She is at the head of the parade.

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And here she comes………

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…… followed by Maldon’s brass band.

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Different modes of transport were a big feature of the parade. Historic, vintage, veteran, classic – something to please everyone……

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…………horse power……….

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………….donkey power…………

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……… pedal power ……..

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………. and vehicles powered by internal combustion engines.

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The stirring sounds of a pipe band tap into some ancestral memory of mine. I find them irresistible.

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Country parades are a perfect showcase for local clubs and organisations. The dogs in the crowd barked their appreciation and support as the local dog walking club passed by.

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The cactus warriors were out in force. They are dedicated to the elimination of the wheel cactus, a serious environmental weed in the district.

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The local primary school and ……….

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…….. the Central Victorian Lion Team provided some multicultural sound and colour.

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Local volunteer emergency services came up in the rear of the parade – The Country Fire Authority and …….

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……. The State Emergency Service.

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This is my longest post to date and I hope readers who have reached this far have enjoyed the experience. If you go to the link, https://www.facebook.com/maldoneasterfair you can watch an interview with Lilian Long whose family have participated in the parade for 139 years. Lilian’s great, great grandfather was the founder of the parade.

 

 

 

 

 

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The Malmsbury Viaduct
March 18, 2016

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Since moving to Central Victoria, I have come to admire the local railway structures. In the 1850s and 60s, wool and gold were bringing wealth to the colony of Victoria. Fine public buildings were being built in Melbourne and the regional cities.  Attention was being turned to modern means of transport which, in the 1800s, meant railways.  A railway line was constructed from Melbourne to Sandhurst (Bendigo) and the port of Echuca on the Murray River between the late 1850s and early 60s.

The Malmsbury Viaduct was one of the bridges built as part of this enterprise. Construction  began in October 1859 and was completed in October 1860. The brick and stone masonry arch bridge spans the Coliban River. It is over 100 metres long with 5 arches standing about 25 metres high. It was the largest structure of its kind in Victoria at the time.

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The viaduct is a dominant feature of the township of Malmsbury. I took the top photograph from the grounds of the Birthday Villa Winery in September 2014. The other photos were taken from the Malmsbury Botanic Gardens this week, on Wednesday, the 16th of March.

In my eyes, the viaduct is a thing of beauty and there has been great pride taken in its construction.

The bridge is still in active use and I regret I was not organised enough to photograph one of the trains crossing it.

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I like the way the arches frame the countryside beyond.

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It was very pleasant sitting in the shade and making this charcoal drawing of a view through one of the arches.

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The Streets of Port Fairy
March 1, 2016

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My visit to Port Fairy in September 2015 has generated a number of posts. There were so many things begging to be photographed.

The centre of town is dominated by the bluestone square tower of the Anglican church. There are other churches in town but this one makes the biggest statement because of its size and location.

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The photograph of the Anglican church was taken from the front of the Methodist church.

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It took a little while before people discovered the advantages of a verandah.

This is the old customs house.

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Susan, you might recognise this knocker from one of your posts. Only this one is on the front door of an old inn on the other side of the world.

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