In its time there were 3,000 plus people here. Whilever gold fever is around, there will be people. They supported 10 hotels, always a yardstick of how a town was doing in early Australia.Ned Stringer was involved in the original grant with three others but died intestate with a less than savoury reputation but Walhalla originally carried his name,...more
There's a really neat walk. One end of it starts from adjacent to the rotunda. At the top of the stairs if you turn right you go straight to the Long Tunnel Gold Mine (see earlier tip). This operated from 1863 to 1913 and 81,556,902 ounces were recovered. If you invested 10 pounds in this venture you would have made 510 pounds for your investment....more
Pearson Memorial Hospital is in this picture. You'll probably have to blow it up and look carefully in the top right hand corner where you'll notice a fine edifice peeping through the trees.William Pearson was a wealthy shareholder in the Long Tunnel Mine and donated his accommodation to the community.It no longer is a hospital, having initially...more
There's lots of little interesting things to see on the walk, the poppet head of the Long Tunnel Gold Mine for one and the whimsical sign (pic 2) giving directions to places only a handful would ever consider.The third pic is obviously of a flower, though they are few in number in this area, the tertiary tree growth limiting their possibilities.The...more
A brass band was a major player in the social life of towns such as this. They still survive in some places to this day though, somewhat sadly in my opinion, we prefer to sit in front of a screen for our leisure these days. I'm certainly and obviously one who does just that.However, funds were raised publicly and a rotunda built in 1895 for the...more
That's the thing about gold mining towns, poverty persists alongside plenty and one of the more distressing ramifications of living here was the amount of young children that died during or just after child birth and in the ensuing 5 years. The graveyard is littered with reminders of these human tragedies.Some idea can be gleaned from records in...more
No less a scribe than noted English novelist, Anthony Trollope, visited in 1872 and was surprised to see a piano and a billiard table. He said, "..the mountains were so steep that it was often impossible to sit on horseback.....I could not have believed there had been so much traffic across the mountains and through the forests had I not afterwards...more
This is an old gold mine where you can actually go underground and see how it used to be.This rejuvenated mine, and I know this because my youngest son's company had a hand in the occupational health and safety standards here, was only re-opened in recent times. It was one of the most lucrative of mines with over 13 tonnes of gold coming out of its...more
Rated Australia's most unusual cemetery by locals, though there would be some competition for that, it sits on the side of a 45 degree precipitous slope.There have been over 1,100 burials here though considerably fewer memorials are visible today. That doesn't detract from its dramatic location however and a 5 minute stroll up the steep path puts...more
This is claimed to be Australia's most scenic railway and it's hard to dispute that when you're riding along it. Cut into a small canyon it certainly rates high on a picturesque scale, let alone being a wonder as an engineering feat.The narrow gauge line was opened in 1910 but was never really successful, eventually closing in 1944 and it wasn't...more
We drive a mazda 6...and ended up on a road which was meant for 4WD only.
Right outside the town of Walhalla...we decided to explore the damsite and Mt BawBaw...and wanted to see more of the forest and land in the area.
We ended up on a road which took us an hour to travel 3Ks!! so...we've learned the hard way...that a broken path on the map is okay...unless it's grey. hmmm...good one to know.