This Catholic church was dedicated in 1873. The Gothic building looks very strong and sturdy, and probably is, as I read the walls are 30" thick. It is constructed from local materials, including Black Range granite and Grampians freestone. The Bell tower is 70metres high, and as usual, I couldn't go inside for a look to see the statues and the...more
If you are interested in Athletics, then I think you would enjoy this Museum. The Stawell Gift has been run every Easter since 1878, except between 1942-45 due to World War IIThe Hall of Fame has a collection of artefacts, memorabilia, multimedia clips and archives dating back to the inception of the Gift in 1878. It is in here, where I found out...more
The Stawell Post Office building was built in the 19th century, when Stawell was enjoying a prosperous goldrush era. Built between 1874 and 1875, it was an essential communications tool when Stawell was a regional centre in the goldfields. It was built in Victorian Italianate palazzo style, and now has been placed on the Commonwealth Heritage...more
Near the Town Hall, is the Town Hall HOtel, built by a local builder in 1874. The Hotel has been kept in good condition and is one of the original buildings in Stawell. The building was originally single storey, which has since been extended and altered on at least several occasions.more
I had previously picked up the FREE STAWELL CULTURAL HERITAGE TRAIL GUIDE, which is a self guided driving or walking tour of Stawell. The guide has a map and information on all that we were about to see, all clearly written, including photo's, the guide was easy to follow.Our tour began on the Western Highway, where historic building numbers 1,2,3...more
Stawell is a town proud to have the honour of holding the richest foot race in AustraliaWalking the main street, I was enjoying the many old buildings and not looking at where I put my feet. For some reason, I looked down to the footpath, and there before me was a plaque embedded in the pavement with the name and date of a winner of the Stawell...more
Central Park was originally Cricket Club grounds in the 1860's. In 1898, the Stawell Athletic Club moved the Easter foot races to this location, and they have been here ever since. The "Stawell Gift" is believed to come about from footrunning in the English midlands in the 19th century, where the winner of footraces received a small nugget of gold....more
Central Park has quite a nice small garden area behind the grandstand. In 1931, a Sundial Memorial and seat was built out of Grampian's freestone, and placed in the garden. It was unveiled by Miss Simmons, in memory of her father who was the owner of the Oriental Mine.It is quite an impressive sundial!more
Following the Heritage Trail by car, we were led up what is known as the "Big Hill." There is plenty of space to park the car, then get out and have a look at the good view over Stawell and surrounds, including the Grampian mountains. We actually ate morning tea at one of the picnic tables, whilst enjoying the view!At the top, is the Pioneer's...more
Side by side, are the Mechanics Institute and the former MacKellar building.Both of these buildings are of historic importance, both being built by local architect, George Inskip. The former McKellar's building at 174-178 Main Street, Stawell, was built in 1876, in Victorian style for Duncan McKellar, storekeeper and mine owner.The three story high...more
A drive or a walk around Stawell takes you back to the 1800's. Lots of the historic buildings have survived and now can be seen by future generations, just what type of architecture was used back then. It was quite fancy back then, arched windows, balustrades, lacework, not like the straight sided, plain buildings of today.more
One of the lovely old buildings we saw on our drive, was the double-storyed century old building which is now the RSL [Returned Services league]. Out the front is some old artillery. Inside, there is a display of war memorabilia from World War I and World War II, an extensive library and large collection of Photographs and Glass Slides. The...more
The Town Hall, and the time to be here, is on the hour when the animated figures and chimes play.The Town Hall was built in 1872, but these figures were only added in 1969.The Town Hall clock chimes on the hour and two figures of diggers working on a gold-washing cradle appear to the sound of Westminster chimes. If you can arrive at two minutes...more
You can't go wrong if you go to Waack's Bakery in the main street of Stawell. We walked into busy shop, and wondered what to choose for morning tea, the range was huge and all looked yummy!
We made a decision, then decided to buy a chocolate roll for our dessert that evening.
While we were waiting in the shop, we noticed the Bakery had won quite a few awards, the latest gold cup was on display!
As I walked along the main street viewing the old historic buildings along the way, I did notice the bend, but never thought anything about it.
Then I learnt, the main street started out as a dray track for miners making their way to the mines around Big Hill. Shops were built on either side of the route before any survey was conducted, thereby setting the uneven course and narrowness in stone.
Nowdays it is bitumen, but still a crooked road for a crooked little man, to walk a crooked......................
Gum Trees - There are hundreds of them in Australia! Most will only grow in their own area, but then others will grow elsewhere!One I saw in Stawell which I hadn't seen elsewhere, was a smallish Gum Tree with a drooping habit. Its leaves were a silvery green, and it was loaded with silver gum nuts. It was really attractive, and I imagine popular...more
I had a Cultural Heritage guide trail brochure to help me see all the historic sights in Stawell.If you are unable to pick up one of these, don't worry too much, as the majority of sights are in the Main streeet, Scallan and Patrick Streets. Infront of the buildings, is Interpretive signage with history and photo of what you are viewing.more
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