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  • Bean and Barrow Cafe, 2015
    Bean and Barrow Cafe, 2015
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    Rob Lowe near the Post Office
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    filming outside jewellers
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    RSL

    by Kate-Me Updated Apr 29, 2015

    Favorite thing: This is the Returned Serviceman's League building in the main street, before the filming began...

    Second picture: A few days later, no more canon, flag poles, rocks, etc.
    During filming it became a convincing Grazioso's Funeral Parlour for the movie...complete with fake (foam sprayed) snow.

    In 2015 the RSL now has a covered in porch at the front as part of renovations completed.

    RSL in 2004 funeral parlour during filming
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    during filming - Norton's Cafe

    by Kate-Me Updated Apr 29, 2015

    Favorite thing: Red Heap cafe (at the time little more than an outside facade, with a rather glaringly painted bright red roof) within a matter of days, changed colour schemes inside and out to become Norton's Cafe, a convincing looking American style cafe, for the film. in 2015..... It still has the color scheme from that in part, and has never reopened.

    filming outside the cafe inside the cafe during filming
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    movie filming - 'Pawn Shop'

    by Kate-Me Updated Apr 28, 2015

    Favorite thing: For the movie filming, Creswick scored itself a temporary American style Pawn Shop, complete with patriotic red, white and blue balloons in the window, an assortment of the usual appliances found in such stores just about world wide, with one interesting and amusing addition: sets of snow skis lined up in the window.
    Amusing because nobody has ever skied in this town that I know of...a little hard to do with only 5 mm of snow at best, though twice in my life we've had enough snow for a day to build snow men.

    At the end of filming, in photo 2, the Pawn Shop returns to its previous state, the shop which until a decade ago was Cosy Corner Milk Bar and Takeaway,. It's one of the oldest buildings in town and in 2015 is undergoing renovations for a future wine bar.

    during filming
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    Australasia Mine No 2

    by Kate-Me Updated Apr 28, 2015

    Favorite thing: This large mullock heap, 2 kms out of town, is all that now remains of Australasia Mine no 2, site of Australia's worst gold mining disaster in 1882.

    In 1882 the town had a population of 27,000 people and legend has it, 50 temporary pubs!
    The town grew rapidly after the discovery of gold in 1851.

    In 1882 Creswick was a thriving town surrounded by 'deep lead' gold mines found beneath the basalt rock.
    Some rich pockets of gold had been discovered there.

    On the day of the disaster, the men were working 250 feet down the mineshaft. Water burst into the shaft 'like a cannon' it was said, and in a few moments the water had increased to a great volume. Men made for the shaft, chased by a mounting wall of water and mud.
    Rescuers did their best get to the trapped men, but the water was several feet high.
    (a total of 41 miners had been working underground that day, and 22 perished)

    * mullock is technically described as being: "all non auriferous sand, clay or bedrock taken out of a mine"
    A memorial to the survivors was erected and can be seen at the mine site, near the pile of white stones covering the mine entrance. At the gate there is another faded information sign, informative and still readable.
    You can climb the mullock heap and see rabbit burrows in the sides, note all the different colours of clay (incl. a pretty pale blue) and see out over the edge of the Creswick township.
    Many other smaller mullock heaps can be seen from this good vantage point.

    You can still pan for gold in Creswick at the Slaty Creek picnic area, off Melbourne Road)
    There are still a number of locals who still believe there is a cache of 'hidden gold' still waiting to be discovered....
    Who knows?
    I do know that just a few years ago, a guy with a gold detector found a 22 ounce nugget at a 'secret' site in the region (gold being worth over $1000 per ounce, that would have netted him a lot of money!)
    You still need to buy a licence to prospect though, just like in the old days.

    Fondest memory: I miss the peace and quiet when I'm away (even though the town centre is much busier than it used to be)

    Australasia Mine No 2 summer sunset from the top of Australasia Mine
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    Filming

    by Kate-Me Updated Feb 17, 2006

    Favorite thing: Filming outside the Salem's Lot Jewellery store...
    the crew/crowd controllers were for the most part very easy going, so most of the time there weren't even any barricades, making it very easy to get rather close to the action and see a lot of what was going on.

    On the film set they had a substantial collection of American number plates to put on the various American cars (rather weird to see left hand American cars driving down the right hand side of your street, past American fire hydrants and telephone booths, beneath American traffic lights, through fake snow...all quite interesting.

    filming filming outside jewellers Rob Lowe during filming near Post Office American number plate
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    Village Antiques

    by Kate-Me Updated Feb 17, 2006

    Favorite thing: This was a very interesting Antique store during the movie...established about 1522...but of course it's not real, just a convincing jeweller's shop in the Salem's Lot movie.
    In modern day times, this building is now a Real Estate agent's office.

    Jewellers view of Post Office during filming Rob Lowe near the Post Office American bus used in the film vampire snowman mascot for the film
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    Miners Cottage

    by Kate-Me Written Jul 5, 2004

    Favorite thing: This is one example of Miners Cottage style which you can see if you take a walk or drive down Creswick's Melbourne Road, one of the oldest parts of the town.
    Miners cottages are generally older than the Victorian houses, and often started out quite small. Other rooms were then added on at the back as needed, such as a laundry, toilet, or extra rooms as more children came along.

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    during filming - Helium Balloons

    by Kate-Me Written Aug 1, 2003

    Favorite thing: This scene was done outside the Post Office and American hotel during some of the last nights of filming.
    One or two huge helium balloons with interior illumination were used to represent the moon (and then the in one scene the zombies would come out from different directions and converge on the rotunda)
    The light these balloons gave out all by themselves to illuminate the set was amazing!
    On the second last night, they even attracted many bats, like moths to a flame, which I thought was amusing and rather suitable (though these were't vampire bats!)

    night scene with bus
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    Forestry School II

    by Kate-Me Updated Aug 1, 2003

    Favorite thing: The Forestry School autumn foliage is rather pretty..and the lack of foliage in winter allows you to see Tremearne House much more clearly than usual. The buildings here belonged to the old Creswick Hospital until around 1912, when the Forestry School began. Tremearne House had been the first doctor's grand Victorian style residence.

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    Anzac Memorial

    by Kate-Me Written Aug 1, 2003

    Favorite thing: The Anzac Memorial (Australian and New Zealand Army Corps) is a monument to all those who fought for Australia in the world wars.
    It is an important gathering place in the town each Anzac day when the marching band plays and the Anzac march is held by the returned soldiers and their families, the light horse troop and others in the main street. It's quite a colourful parade.
    The events on Anzac day normally begin with a dawn service.

    Anzac Memorial
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    Court House

    by Kate-Me Written Aug 1, 2003

    Favorite thing: This is Creswick's Historic old court house, in what was once the police barracks area. Behind the Courthouse is a historic bluestone lock-up. You can't see inside it though (it's locked up, and has been probably since the end of the gold rushes in the late 1800's).
    These days, the Court House is home to the town's Amateur Theatre group, and is called the Court House Theatre.
    It will be undergoing more restoration at some stage..

    Court House Theatre
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    during filming - 'Police Station'

    by Kate-Me Written Aug 1, 2003

    Favorite thing: For several days of filming, the US flag flew proudly in the wind above the 'Police Station'.
    Because the Gulf War was on at the time, it caused a fair bit of comment in the town by some people who felt like the flag signalled they were being 'invaded' by more than just vampires!
    It was just a very unusual sight and feeling to see your town become totally American in the space of only a few days, and then fly their flag as well.

    US flag over former CFA
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    Victorian House

    by Kate-Me Written Jul 31, 2003

    Favorite thing: This Victorian era house with its characteristic lace work is next door to 'Norton's Cafe' and was used for some of the outdoor winter street scenes, as background. Here it is before and after filming.

    converted to a craft shop for the movie
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    Rotunda 1

    by Kate-Me Updated Jul 26, 2003

    Favorite thing: The recently restored historic Rotunda in Creswick's main street, just after the filming of Salem's Lot, as the rotunda's fake 'salem tiles' were removed to reveal once more the new corrugated iron roof.

    after Salem's Lot Town hall just after filming
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    Victorian School of Forestry

    by Kate-Me Updated Apr 30, 2003

    Favorite thing: Creswick is commonly known as the "Home of Forestry" due to the presence of the internationally accredited Victorian School of Forestry, which has a long tradition in the town (starting in 1912 in some of the buildings which formed part of the original Creswick Hospital)
    At Creswick students spend years 2 and 3 of their 4 year Bachelor of Forest Science Degree. (Years 1 and 4 are spent at Melbourne University).
    For some, it is their first taste of life living in the country. The school is set in large attractive grounds, surrounded by many different types of trees (labelled for identification) and is particularly pretty in the autumn with the changing colours of its deciduous trees). The rear of the school backs close to a hillside blue gum plantation (planted by the students about 13 years ago) and the Creswick State (pine) Forest. Beside it is another important industry, the Timber Training Centre.
    After completing their Forestry degree, students then have the skills to move into employment areas such as Forest Management, Research, Fire Management and Forest Consulting.
    There are also post graduate courses offered.
    The school is a very important part of Creswick's past and present, and in recent years, has undergone multi million dollar extensions.

    School of Forestry
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