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Chewton: Community and Senior Citizen's Hall

Chewton: Community and Senior Citizen’s Hall

 

At the beginning of 2017 we looked after a friend’s house in Chewton in the midlands of Victoria – the locality includes Castlemaine and Bendigo with Daylesford and Ballarat just down the road.

The region is famous for gold that was discovered in 1851 – with three months 30,000 diggers were working the alluvial gold fields. While initially a tent city very quickly buildings for every purpose where built many of which still stand today – although, some could be considered barely standing… Just up the street is The Red Hill Hotel that was built in 1854, the Chewton Town Hall in 1858 and the local post office was first opened in 1857.

By the end of the 1800s underground mining and dredging became the preferred methods to extract the precious metal. Companies that could undertake the industrial, technical and financial backing required replaced the independent digger. Populations shrunk and the architectural legacy of the boom times remained.

We have been out doing some night photography work to extend our Nocturne project further. Our nocturne photographs follow our usual methodology although we have added in the Day/Night duo image concept explored in the recent Nocturne Armidale project.

Castlemaine: Downes Road industrial scene

Castlemaine: Downes Road industrial scene

 

We have found that the Castlemaine and Chewton are thriving creative and cultural communities bolstered by artists, academics, writers and adventurers who have moved to this region. You can be surprised who lives around the corner…

The Bendigo Advertiser covered our project with a newspaper story and an online post – HERE

 

Chewton Post Office

Chewton Post Office

Castlemaine Town Hall

Castlemaine Town Hall

Castlemaine: The old jail

Castlemaine: The old jail

Chewton: Looking down Duke Street

Chewton: Looking down Duke Street

Chewton: Telstra phone booth

Chewton: Telstra phone booth

Castlemaine Oriental Hotel

Castlemaine Oriental Hotel

Castlemaine Presbyterian Church

Castlemaine Presbyterian Church

Castlemaine Railway Station

Castlemaine Railway Station

The 9.25pm train to Melbourne leaves the station

The 9.25pm train to Melbourne leaves the station

Chewton: Pyrenees Highway

Chewton: Pyrenees Highway

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Castlemaine: Post Office

Castlemaine: Barker Street facades

Castlemaine: Barker Street facades

Castlemaine: St Mary's Church

Castlemaine: St Mary’s Church

Castlemaine: St Mary's Church

Castlemaine: St Mary’s Church

Castlemaine: St Mary's Hall

Castlemaine: St Mary’s Hall

The Old Castlemaine Jail

The Old Castlemaine Jail

Castlemaine: Dolmios Pizza

Castlemaine: Dolmios Pizza

Red Hill Hotel Day/Night Duo

Red Hill Hotel Day/Night Duo

Opposite the Red Hill Hotel Day/Night Duo

Opposite the Red Hill Hotel Day/Night Duo

Chewton magpie

Chewton magpie

Chewton: looking downDuke Street

Chewton: looking downDuke Street

Chewton: Town Hall

Chewton: Town Hall

Chewton: Building at the end of Church Street

Chewton: Building at the end of Church Street

Aged

Chewton: Aged sign

Vicky photographs

Vicky photographs

 

 

 

 

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