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Chris' Landscape Images of Australia (cjcphotography)

Walhalla - Population - 12

by Chris' Landscape Images Of Australia
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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.

ABOUT THE ART

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

1/500, F/5.6/ 18mm, ISO 4OO




Magdalla Del Fresto commented on November 16, 2012 4:28am
Excellent, Chris!
EbiEmporium commented on November 16, 2012 4:30am
Nice capture~
Chris' Landscape Images of Aus… commented on November 16, 2012 4:31am
Thank you Magdalla & Ebi :)
Catru commented on November 16, 2012 4:32am
beatiful!!
Chris' Landscape Images of Aus… commented on November 16, 2012 4:36am
Morning Carina :) Thanks for you're lovely comment ♥
ALLY COXON commented on November 16, 2012 5:37am
Nice
Chris' Landscape Images of Aus… commented on November 16, 2012 5:42am
Thanks Ally :)
Valerie Anne Kelly commented on November 16, 2012 6:03am
Beautiful & promoted ;~} Valz ♥
Chris' Landscape Images of Aus… commented on November 16, 2012 6:06am
Thank you Valz ♥
Wayne Edson Bryan commented on November 16, 2012 6:07am
Outstanding ✯ ✯ ✯ ✯ ✯ 👍
DeLayne commented on November 16, 2012 10:13am
Wow! Great picture and love the story of the town!! Very interesting :)
Chris' Landscape Images of Aus… commented on November 16, 2012 3:16pm
Thanks Wayne :)
Chris' Landscape Images of Aus… commented on November 16, 2012 3:17pm
Thank you Delayne for your lovely comment, I'm glad to hear you read my narrative, thanks :)
Sherri of Palm Springs Art a… commented on November 17, 2012 11:10am
Hi Chris, this is really pretty, so nice to look at!!
Chris' Landscape Images of Aus… commented on November 17, 2012 6:55pm
Thank you so much for your lovely comments, Sherri :)
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