Port Fairy Lighthouse
June 8, 2016

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This post is the final of the series about my visit to Port Fairy in September 2015.

Port Fairy lighthouse is situated on Griffiths Island at the entrance to the Moyne River.

It was constructed in 1859 using local bluestone. The automatic light has been operated by solar power since 1987 with a wind generator backup added in June 1996.

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This charcoal drawing was made from the vantage point of a beach headland further along the coast.

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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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Port Fairy Angling Club
January 25, 2016

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My previous post about Port Fairy featured the Community Water Mural, a project of the Port Fairy Consolidated School.

This post features another mural in Port Fairy. The Port Fairy Angling Club looks out over the Moyne River. Nothing special about the club building, but some one has allowed their artist to run free in the creation of this mural painted on a shed.

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I wonder if anglers can identify the fish depicted?

Community Water Mural, Port Fairy
December 30, 2015

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Nothing to see here‘ you would think, but you would be wrong! Even the most utilitarian of structures can be transformed by art as I discovered during my holiday in Port Fairy earlier this year.

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I didn’t realise some witless vandal (I’m being polite here) had defaced the mural by adding penises to the birds until I took a closer look at this photograph. Some people have no respect and it’s kids art for goodness sake!

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Morose looking wader.

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Grumpy seagull.

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‘Well done, Port Fairy Consolidated School, ‘ I say.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Port Fairy In Words
November 11, 2015

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This plaque was the genesis of a series of photographs taken when I was holidaying in Port Fairy in September. The notable historic buildings have similar plaques attached to their walls or fences. This sparked my interest in other signs on buildings or structures in the town. Below is a photograph of the historic Methodist Church.

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Some of the plaques have weathered quite a bit unlike the bluestone former courthouse. I didn’t need to read the plaque to know the original purpose of the building as its design is typical of courthouses.

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An apothecaries hall was a first for me. The building which is now a private home, bears an image of a pestle and mortar.

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The Lecture Hall was another first for me. Inside were beautiful examples of pressed metal and painted cherubs.

The plaque on the wall said:

Lecture Hall

1881 – 1882

Land grant 1864

to Belfast Temperance and Philharmonic Society

(Port Fairy was known as Belfast for some years)

The building is still in use as a lecture hall. I attended a lecture given by Clive Blazey, one of the founders of The Diggers Club, as part of the Port Fairy Festival of Words.

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In front of the Lecture Hall is an area of new bluestone paving.

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Perhaps the Russell Clarke reserve was a place Grandma Jean liked to frequent.

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This sign had a sternly serious tone…………

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………….whilst these were light hearted.

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The Moyne River, Port Fairy
October 26, 2015

 

 

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This is my second post featuring my holiday in Port Fairy.

Port Fairy is located at the point where the Moyne River enters the Southern Ocean.

Port Fairy’s history is closely linked with the sea, firstly whaling and sealing and these days, fishing. Port Fairy is home port to one of Victoria’s largest fishing fleets.

The tall, dark trees are Norfolk Island pines which are a familiar sight in coastal suburbs and towns.

Going Down to the Sea
September 19, 2015

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On Wednesday, I returned from a week’s holiday in Port Fairy on the south west coast of Victoria.

This is my first post about my experience of Port Fairy.

The beaches are distinctive as they are fringed by basalt rocks. The rocks give the sand a grey tinge.

I look forward to sharing further posts about Port Fairy.

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I couldn’t resist paddling in this rock sheltered pool.