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Walhalla

by Chris Chalk

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Curved bend in the main street of Walhalla.

Once one of Australia’s richest towns and home to over 4000 gold seekers, this sleepy mountainside town is now frozen in time and is home to only 20 residents, yes 20 residents!
Walhalla, a rich gold producer for 50 years, lives on as a remote and picturesque mountain township. It is hard to imagine a more difficult site for a town than the steep, narrow valley of Stringers Creek as it winds down through the dense forests of the Baws Baws. Yet in its heyday, between 1880 and 1895, more than 4000 people lived there.

Gold was found in Stringers Creek in 1863 and by 1866 numerous mines within the valley were opened. The great Long Tunnel Company, to which the prosperity of Walhalla owed its existence, became the greatest single producer of gold in Victoria. It closed in 1913. Walhalla once supported 15 hotels, 40 shops, two breweries, four churches, a school, jail and its own newspaper.

The narrow-gauge railway arrived from Moe in 1910 only in time to see the town die. The two major mines closed in 1911 and 1913 and the trains which were to have brought prosperity were used to cart away Walhalla’s buildings. By 1920 there were only 250 people left. The railway closed in 1944 but is now rebuilt by the dedicated residents and supportive enthusiasts as a tourist railway including many of its historical buildings.

Victoria – Australia

*Canon EOS “KISS” D/SLR Camera

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EbiEmporium commented on November 22, 2012 8:56am
Nice work, Chris :)
Chris Chalk commented on November 22, 2012 8:58am
Thank you Ebi :)
maggs326 commented on November 22, 2012 9:57am
wonderful capture Chris
Carina Povarchik commented on November 22, 2012 10:25am
beatiful!!! :)
Karma Cases commented on November 22, 2012 11:39am
lovely shot!
Chris Chalk commented on November 22, 2012 3:42pm
Thanks Maggie, Carina & Karma for your lovely comments :)
Wayne Edson Bryan commented on December 5, 2012 7:45am
Oh Yeah! ✯ ✯ ✯ ✯ ✯ 👍
Catspaws commented on December 8, 2012 10:41am
lovely,interesting write-up too,perhaps there are a few tiny nuggets of gold left ...:)
Chris Chalk commented on December 9, 2012 11:19pm
Yeah, you maybe right Catspaws:) I'm going back there early next year i hope, might buy a gold scanner:) Thank you for your comment my Friend :)
Catspaws commented on December 10, 2012 12:57am
hope you find some,chris !
Chris Chalk commented on December 10, 2012 1:08am
How sweet, thanks Catspaws!
Roger Wedegis commented on December 15, 2012 10:10am
This is awesome! Great composition!