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    Old Victoria District Hospital

    by keeweechic Written Feb 8, 2008

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    The old hospital was built in the mid 1880’s. It was not only a hospital but a training school for nurses. This continued until `966 when the old building was used as a regional prison. In 1984 that was closed and after a major renovation the building was reopened again in 1988. The Tourist Bureau now occupies part of the building. The Café Kitchen today was the old operating room.

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    Bill Sewell Complex

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    This historic complex comprises several old buildings including the old Gaol and the old Victoria District Hospital. Each building was constructed at different times with the first originating in the early 1850’s. Today there are various organisations and businesses taking up residence in the complex.

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    Zeewijk Cannon

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    The cannon is next to the clock tower. It came from the Zeewijk, a Dutch ship, which was wrecked on Half Moon Reef in 1727. In 1962, the cannon was raised from the wreckage and put on display. It was then destined for the scrap metal merchant. Fortunately the citizens of Geraldton organized for the purchase of the cannon to preserve the history of the Zeewijk.

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    Geraldton's Old Railway Station

    by keeweechic Written Feb 7, 2008

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    The old railway station was built between 1912 and 1914 and was the 3rd station to be built in Geraldton. In 1878 the first station was built and it was part of the Geraldton-Northampton line. The tracks used to run along Marine Tce until 1983. Then the second railway station was constructed.

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    The Hermitage

    by keeweechic Written Feb 6, 2008

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    This small cottage was built in 1935 and was the home of the Chaplain of St John of God Hospital. It is made up of a living room, bathroom and toilet downstairs and a bedroom upstairs. It was designed by Monsignor John Hawes who was well known for the churches and buildings he designed in the region. It has been classified by the National Trust.

    In later years it was used as a residence for the nurses. For many years it was left empty before being restored during the 1990’s for Bishop Hickey, who was the Bishop of Geraldton at the time.

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    Visible for Miles

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    This steel lighthouse is prominent for some distance along the coast both from land and sea. With its red and white rings, it stands 34mtrs tall. Built of plates which were brought out from England, It was the first steel lighthouse and the tallest built in Australia.

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    Point Moore Lighthouse

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    Geraldton of course was originally a port. Point Moore Lighthouse built in 1878, was the second lighthouse to be built in the area – the first was Bluff Point Lighthouse. It is one of the main landmarks in the city. It is not open to the public.

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    Dedication Stone

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    There is a dedication stone at the memorial which is to represent the commitment by various organisations to the HMAS Sydney National Memorial. These included the City Council, the Rotary Club, Coast Maritime Heritage Assn and the RSL Branch.

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    Official Opening

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    The memorial was opened in November 2001. The eternal flame burning at the memorial was taken from Kings Park in Perth and the War Memorial there. There are free tours from Thurs to Sun beginning at 10.30am from the car park. These run for 30 minutes. Donations are welcomed.

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    The Stele

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    Standing on the edge of the plateau is this huge 19m high Stele. This stainless steel structure is symbolic of a grave marker and was designed to stand for the forward part of the HMAS Sydney known as the prow.

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    The Waiting Woman

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    There is a bronze statue of a woman standing nearer the edge of the memorial holding on to her hat – and it sure can get windy up there. This life sized woman is staring out to the sea as if looking and waiting for someone, perhaps a husband or son.

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    Wall of Remembrance

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    As you walk up the path to the memorial you will come to concave walls. On these granite walls are panels with the names engraved of all the crew of the HMAS Sydney who died. There are also old photos of the ship and crew.

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    HMAS Sydney Memorial

    by keeweechic Written Feb 6, 2008

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    You certainly cannot miss the HMAS Sydney memorial as it sits high on Mt Scott casting its eye over Geraldton. The memorial commemorates the 645 crew of the HMAS Sydney who died when the ship was hit by a German raider Kormoran on November 11, 1941. The German ship deceived the Sydney crew by identifying themselves as a Dutch ship and then opened fire but they didn’t get off that lightly, 78 of its crew were also killed.

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    Fu Long 11 Anchor

    by keeweechic Written Feb 3, 2008

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    Out the front of the Lighthouse Keepers Cottage is this old anchor. It came from a Taiwanese fishing trawler which ran aground near the mouth of the Chapman river (6kms north of Geraldton) after breaking its moorings only the 23rd July, 1976. The trawler had been confiscated for illegal fishing and was being escorted to Geraldton by the Australian Navy. All attempts to float the ship failed and the trawler was eventually salvaged.

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    Lovely Gardens

    by keeweechic Written Feb 3, 2008

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    A commemorative seat made using limestone from the original structure. It was built on the base of the old tower. Inside the cottage are records and pictures from the Historical Society. In the lovely gardens surrounding the cottage is a rotunda with lace style decoration.

    The cottage is open from 10am to 12pm Tuesdays and 10am to 4pm Thursdays.

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