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    Seymour, Australia40,914 contributions
    The precinct incorporates two sites; the 1884 town hall on Broadway and the 1863 court house, stables and lockup, and 1950s police station on Market Street. However the town is full of interesting historical buildings.

    Clearly this town was once a very busy town that had wealth and a future. One of the first accounts of the Dunolly Gold Rush was recorded by the Bendigo Advertiser on 3 July 1857 that estimated the population at 12,000. Confirmation of a rush followed on 10 July.

    If there was a dirt road in the Main Street... you could halfway expect to see two cowboys shooting it out. :)
    Written 24 September 2021
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    Seymour, Australia40,914 contributions
    There is a little bit of this... and a little bit of that... there are thingamejigs... gadgets... old stuff... You get the picture. :)

    This museum allows you to enter for a few dollars and it gives you some insight into how things were in Australia many years ago. It helps us put into perspective how good we have things these days when we look at antiquated can openers and washing machines. We also notice that our ancestors found simple pleasures in simple items, such as tobacco...or smelling salts.

    The smelling salts pleasure makes sense... they came in a delightful green bottle. Who wouldn't want to play with smelling salts... the bottle is sooooo pretty.

    There are items that seem barbaric to us in modern times, but I am sure that is a historic thing and in the future our descendants will find something horrendous about our overuse of the mobile phone... or maybe that's just a wish on my behalf.

    Either way, Dunolly is a lovely little town and if a visit here prolongs your stay... then I recommend it.
    Written 25 September 2021
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    Seymour, Australia40,914 contributions
    The original reservoir began in 1889 and was completed in 1891. The embankment was substantially reconstructed after major flood damage in 1909, and the reservoir was enlarged to its present capacity in 1935.

    It's an interesting place to visit... I noticed a few people fishing there, but I didn't really see any amenities at the reservoir. It is a pretty area.
    Written 1 October 2021
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  • kparsons1485
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    My oldest boy is goldmining obsessed at the moment, so a good holiday activity for us! The monument was good to see and we went on the short walk, this is where it was disappointing the track is hardly recognisable, the sign posts are missing numbers. It would be amazing to see the puddler sites possibly restored and a nugget relic in place. Still I terestig but it fell a bit flat and has so much potential.
    Written 2 July 2020
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    Seymour, Australia40,914 contributions
    This reserve is on the edge of town , you drive out past the Railway Station and follow the road. When.I arrived it was perfect timing ... the sunset was occurring. It's somewhere you park and just enjoy. It's a really stunning here...so very serene.

    The area is good for spot for camping, picnics, fishing, swimming, bushwalking and birdwatching....ooooh and of course, photography!

    I found this so relaxing and I just took deep breathes and enjoyed the beauty before me.
    Written 8 July 2021
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    Seymour, Australia40,914 contributions
    Who was Mary? ... a Jew, a virgin, wife of Joseph, mother of Jesus, daughter of Anne and Joachim, mother of God. More often referred to as Virgin Mary than Saint Mary... there are still many reminders of her. As we note with the amount of churches named after her.

    This church was built between 1868-71 and opened on 17/9/1871. The architect of the building was architect R Dowden.

    This gothic building is built from rubble stone, granite courses, and facings; and with its tower — some 60 feet high — stands out in bold relief, giving tone and importance to the south-east end of the town.
    Written 30 September 2021
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    Seymour, Australia40,914 contributions
    This is a lovely park on the Main Street ... it has a lovely grassy area, a picnic table, a well maintained rose garden, information signs, rubbish bins, and toilets. Right next door to this is a museum... and it's just up from the bakery. So you could grab something to eat there and head here to enjoy the gorgeous garden. There is a fence across the front of the park.

    It's a great place to take a break from driving.
    Written 22 September 2021
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    Seymour, Australia40,914 contributions
    Dunolly iis a town you can lose yourself in... it's so inviting and there is something to look at around every corner... particularly if you are fond of history- or historic buildings. Centrally located in town is the Gordon Gardens.. . it's very much designed for the community with everything you need there. There is a skatepark ( something I personally don't need, because let's face it ... I could kill myself trying that at my age), there is a children's playground ( again... I could kill myself attempting to play there BUT I consider that risk worthwhile), there are public toilets (let's not mention what I could do there), historic points of interest ( always worthwhile) , BBQ areas ( what dies there stays there) , a rotunda ( round and round we go), artwork ( so vibrant and interesting), a refill station ( nothing dies here ... I hope), green areas and of course oodles of room to park a car.
    Written 22 September 2021
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    Seymour, Australia40,914 contributions
    Victoria was born in Kensington Palace on May 24, 1819, she was originally named Alexandrina Victoria, after her godfather, Tsar Alexander I, but always preferred to go by her second name, or the nickname 'Drina.

    She was the first member of the Royal family to live at Buckingham Palace, her reign started at the age of 18.

    Queen Victoria`s birthday, 24th May, used to be called `Empire Day`. There were special assemblies at school with songs praising the British Empire. Children were then given a half-day holiday. Up to the 1950s, Empire Day was celebrated in Australia with huge bonfires and fireworks.

    The fountain was erected by the Burgess of Dunolly to commemorate the Golden Jubilee of the reign of Queen Victoria in 1887. It also states the Dunolly was proclaimed a Borough in 1858.
    Written 22 September 2021
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    Seymour, Australia40,914 contributions
    Set amidst a rural setting is this stunning church... there is heaps of room to pull over and go for a walk to get closer. Designed by a local architect, Louis Williams it demonstrates original design qualities of an Arts and Crafts Gothic style.

    You will notice when you are driving by... it's stands out. Wandering around it has no delineated areas so you will need to watch where you step.

    A feature of this church that also stands out as much as it's gabled roof is the cantilevered hipped roof bellcote at the gable end. I felt it was worth a stop and let's face it ... if you are in Emu... there isn't going to be a lot of other things catching your eye. :)
    Written 9 July 2021
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    Seymour, Australia40,914 contributions
    I happenstanced upon Bealiba quite by accident, however I am supremely glad I did. It's a charming town not too far from Dunolly. Apparently the population here is about 300.

    So about the station- Bealiba railway station, on the Mildura railway line opened in 1878. It closed in 1981 under the New Deal reorganisation of country rail services.

    So what's there these days ? Well clearly someone lives in the residence, but there are signs in town to the railway station and there is a carpark for those who are interested in the station. It's been beautifully maintained and there is a room full of memorabilia off to one side for railway buffs to enjoy.

    The station is very charming- you can see an unobstructed view of the line in either direction. The gardens here are gorgeous. This is quite special to drop in and see... and a testament to whoever is looking after the residence.
    Written 7 July 2021
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    Seymour, Australia40,914 contributions
    This is yet another building that was built by Bendigo architects Vahland & Getzschmann. The partnership of Vahland and Getzschmann designed many churches, banks, schools, hotels, theatres and private homes in Bendigo, and also designed buildings in a wide surrounding area, reaching up into southern NSW.

    Located at the corner of Thompson Street and Barkly Street, this church is a freestone structure erected between 1866 and 1869 and dedicated in 1869 with the pipe organ being installed a decade later in 1879.

    It is across from the Gordon's Gardens... so it catches your eye... the building is bold. There is another building to the side which I believe might have been a Sunday school ( Happy for anyone to dispute that) and the house next door is quite a beautiful building which means it might also have been tied in with the church.
    Written 23 September 2021
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    Seymour, Australia40,914 contributions
    Bealiba is a rural township 170 km north-west of Melbourne and about midway between Dunolly and St Arnaud.

    The area was originally known as Cochrane's, after John and James Cochrane, who took up a pastoral run in 1853. When gold was discovered in 1855-56 the area was known as Cochrane's Diggings, but the surveyor who laid out the township in 1862 adopted the name of the pastoral run, 'Bealaba', later Bealiba. It is thought that the name is derived from Aboriginal words meaning red gum creek.

    When you drive up it's Main Street, you will not miss the memorial because it is quite prominent - with three pillars right next to the library and town hall. When you stop to read the names... it is truly stunning how many names are listed on the memorials because of the size of the town. What war did to this small community is quite evident. It's a humbling place to stop.
    Written 8 July 2021
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