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Walahalla

by Chris Chalk

Art Print

$0.00

Collect your choice of gallery quality Giclée, or fine art prints custom trimmed by hand in a variety of sizes with a white border for framing.

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

1/320, 18mm, F/3.5, ISO 4OO

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Patty B. commented on October 31, 2012 8:26pm
I love this...
Chris Chalk commented on October 31, 2012 8:29pm
Thanks Patty :)
Wendy Townrow commented on October 31, 2012 8:52pm
Gorgeous!
José Luis Guerrero commented on October 31, 2012 8:55pm
Great capture Chris!!!
Chris Chalk commented on October 31, 2012 8:57pm
Thanks Wendy & Jose, much appreciated :)
Armine Nersisian commented on October 31, 2012 9:29pm
beautiful scene and framing! love this, Chris!
Chris Chalk commented on October 31, 2012 9:37pm
Thanks Armine :)
RichCaspian commented on October 31, 2012 10:12pm
very nice shot, and a interesting and great story to go along with it : )
Chris Chalk commented on October 31, 2012 10:52pm
Thanks Rich:) And thanks for reading my narrative!!
Keren Shiker commented on November 1, 2012 12:12am
Gorgeous ! : ))
Chris Chalk commented on November 1, 2012 12:35am
Thanks Keren :))
Yasmina Baggili commented on November 1, 2012 3:38am
What a beautiful view!!
Chris Chalk commented on November 1, 2012 3:41am
It is a beautiful hamlet, Yasmina! Thanks for your lovely comment :)
gretzky commented on November 2, 2012 1:27am
Gorgeous!
Chris Chalk commented on November 2, 2012 2:28am
Thank you Gretzky :))
Carina Povarchik commented on November 2, 2012 10:39am
I feel like spying, gorgeous spot :D
Chris Chalk commented on November 2, 2012 6:01pm
Thanks Carina :) I hope you are well my Friend?
DeLayne commented on November 7, 2012 9:03am
So wonderful!! Love the perspective!
Chris Chalk commented on November 7, 2012 9:39am
Thanks so much for you're lovely comment, Delayne:)